Apply today to be a 2020 FIRE summer intern!

November 8, 2019

FIRE is now accepting applications for our 2020 Summer Internship!

Our summer internship program invites students from across the country to spend their summer in Philadelphia working directly with FIRE’s staff defending civil liberties on America’s college campuses.

FIRE is looking for thoughtful and energetic undergraduates (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) attending U.S. colleges or universities who are passionate about civil liberties.

This year, applications will be reviewed and considered in two cycles:

  • The early decision deadline is Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.
  • The regular decision deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020.

Our internship is highly competitive, with an acceptance rate of roughly 3% last year.

FIRE typically selects 8-10 interns and plans to fill over half of those spots from the early decision pool. 

Ideal candidates are reliable, diligent, detail-focused, passionate about civil liberties, and have a history of taking action in support of causes they believe in. Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent research, writing, and communication skills. 

Interns will have a range of responsibilities including conducting research for various departments, writing for FIRE’s Newsdesk, and assisting with the planning and execution of our FIRE Student Network Summer Conference. Interns will also have the opportunity to hear from experts on civil liberties and the First Amendment during regular seminar sessions. 

The ten-week program runs from Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, July 31, and interns receive a $4,000 stipend. The internship program is based in our office in historic Philadelphia, just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.  

To apply, use this form. If you have any questions or inquiries, please direct them to 

We look forward to your applications!