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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 spring, summer, and fall internships.

ACTA is an independent, nonprofit 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 an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

ACTA’s national network includes alumni and trustees from nearly 1,300 colleges and universities, including over 23,000 current board members. Our quarterly newsletter, Inside Academe, reaches more than 13,000 readers.

Summer fellows and interns participate in a special series of seminars with ACTA staff and higher education leaders. 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, an 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; Stephen Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University; and Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Spring and summer interns will primarily conduct research for ACTA’s What Will They Learn?® project. They will also write, perform clerical and administrative tasks, and enter data. ACTA interns have provided critical assistance to the full-time staff and have prepared materials that have been sent to trustees and alumni across the country and appeared in nationally-syndicated news stories. Alumni of the internship program have returned to work at ACTA and have gone on to work at other Washington-area policy organizations. This is a paid internship.

ACTA is always looking for qualified candidates so please email any questions about the program to info@GoACTA.org.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

ACTA hires on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed for spring, summer, and fall internships until all positions are filled. To apply for any internship or fellowship, please email, in one PDF file:

  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 info@GoACTA.org.

WHO WE ARE

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 an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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