FIRE’s Summer Internship Program is a paid, ten-week program for intelligent and energetic current undergraduates who are interested in FIRE’s mission and work. FIRE interns help with administrative tasks, write about FIRE cases and issues, and develop strategies for protecting open discourse on their own campuses. Interns also participate in weekly seminars with FIRE staff and other prominent experts on civil liberties.
FIRE’s internship provides an incomparable opportunity for undergraduates to spend the summer defending individual rights on campus. You don’t have to take my word for it; here are some notes on the program from past interns:
"As a former intern myself, I can testify about the value of a summer with FIRE. Unlike a stereotypical internship, I was not treated as an inconsequential coffee slave, but rather as a valued student leader in the liberty movement. And, oh, how I learned! FIRE interns get a crash course in civil liberties, thoroughly learning about the law and philosophy behind subjects such as freedom of expression, religion, and association. By the end of summer, I had learned so many techniques to promote individual rights that I brought back to my libertarian club at Berkeley. On top of that, an internship with FIRE is just plain fun! The Philadelphia office is a lively place full of lots of great characters that will keep you smiling all day. Thus, I encourage any college student interested in fighting for individual rights to apply."
– Casey Given, 2010 Intern, University of California, Berkeley
"FIRE stands at the front lines in the battle for free expression on college campuses. As an intern I too was thrust onto the front lines where I learned first hand from some of our country’s premier free speech advocates the importance of our fight. Coming out of the internship I was well versed in the philosophical, political, and real life importance of free speech, and felt fully prepared to lead the fight on my own college campus. Bluntly speaking, there is no better internship than FIRE’s for students interested in issues pertaining to free speech in our universities."
– Nico Perrino, 2010 Intern, Indiana University – Bloomington
The 2011 Summer Internship Program will run from Monday, June 6 to Friday, August 12, at FIRE’s Center City Philadelphia office. We are accepting applications through March 31. Please see the full job posting for details on how to apply.