The John Locke Foundation uses paid interns throughout the year. Candidates should be graduate or undergraduate students who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, limited government, private property and free markets.

We are a non-profit 501 (c)(3) think tank; we pursue research, analysis, and commentary on issues in state policy regarding health, education, government, and other topics relevant to citizens and lawmakers in North Carolina. We also publish the Carolina Journal, a monthly newspaper with statewide distribution, and maintain websites across many issues and subject areas as well as our leadership project, the EA Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders.

Student interns are paid on an hourly basis and perform a variety of tasks, including administrative and website work, events, research, writing, and general office duties. These internships are particularly suitable for students interested in political science and government, economics and business, history, journalism, leadership, and nonprofit organizations and management.

We are willing to arrange to work with the student’s school for for-credit internships, subject to mutually satisfactory arrangements in advance.

Please fill out our online internship application form below. The Internship program at the John Locke Foundation is highly competitive. We will review each application and contact you by telephone or email to set up an interview should further questions arise. 

Summer 2022 Dates


Applications: May 9 – June 27, 2022

Decisions: July 18, 2022

Internship program: August 29 – December 2, 2022

Spring 2023 Dates


Applications: August 22 – October 10, 2022

Decisions: October 31, 2022

Internship program: January 16 – April 21, 2023

Fall 2023 Dates


Applications: January 16 – February 28, 202

Decisions: March 14, 2022

Internship program: May 8 – July 28, 2022


“I produced multiple op-eds through the Carolina Journal, attended committee hearings at the state legislature, and participated in weekly seminars. I also contributed to projects focused on statewide issues such as election integrity, education funding, and economic research, among other things.”

Carter Reilly, Summer 2021 Intern

“Since interning with Locke, I have been attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’ve joined the law school’s Federalist Society in a class coordinator position and I started a part-time clerkship with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).”

Kelly Fitzgerald, Summer 2021 Intern