ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ABOUT: ACTA Internships


Summer 2014 Internship Program

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni seeks accomplished, high-energy undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with excellent research and communication abilities to apply for summer internships.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities. Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives a philosophically rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

ACTA's national network includes alumni and trustees from more than 1,100 colleges and universities, including over 14,000 current board members. Our quarterly newsletter, Inside Academe, reaches nearly 13,000 readers.

All fellows and summer interns participate in a special series of seminars with ACTA staff and board members. Past seminar speakers have included Dr. Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Dr. Frederick M. Hess, director of education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for The New York Times; Dr. Richard K. Vedder, distinguished professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University; Arthur Rothkopf, president emeritus of Lafayette College; and Stephen Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University.

Spring and summer interns will research, write, perform clerical and administrative tasks, and enter data. ACTA interns have provided critical assistance to the full-time staff, including research for the What Will They Learn?™ project and preparing materials that have appeared in nationally-syndicated news stories and sent to trustees and alumni across the country. Alumni of the internship program have returned to work at ACTA, and have gone on to work at other Washington area policy organizations. All interns receive stipends of $1,500 per month, thanks to the generosity of ACTA's supporters.

Application requirements

ACTA will hire on a rolling basis. Please apply as early as possible, but no later than April 1 for summer internships. Applicants to be considered both for the Lewit Fellowship and for a summer internship need only to submit one application.

To apply for any internship or fellowship, please mail, e-mail, or fax:

  1. Your resume and transcript. (An unofficial transcript will suffice.)
  2. A letter of recommendation from someone who has taught you and can comment on your academic and analytic abilities and promise. (A letter from another individual may supplement, but not replace, this letter.)
  3. A letter of one to two pages explaining why the internship or fellowship is of interest to you and why you should be selected for it.


All applications and questions should be directed to 1726 M Street NW, Suite 802 Washington, DC 20036, internship@goacta.org, or (202) 467-6784 (fax).

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