The Beacon Center of Tennessee provides undergraduate, graduate, and law students who believe in individual liberty and have a strong vision and interest in public policy with an invaluable opportunity to experience first-hand the inner workings of a public policy organization.

What is the Beacon Center of Tennessee?

The Beacon Center is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Center’s mission is to change lives through public policy by advancing the principles of free markets, individual liberty, and limited government.

The Center is dedicated to providing concerned citizens, the media and public leaders with expert empirical research and timely free market policy solutions to public policy issues in Tennessee. The Center generates and encourages public policy remedies grounded in the innovations of private enterprise, the ingenuity of individuals, and the ability of active communities to achieve a freer, more prosperous Tennessee.

What type of internships are available?

  • Public Policy
  • Legal
  • Communications
  • Fundraising

When and where is the internship, and how long does it last?

Student interns will work from the Center’s main office located in the heart of downtown Nashville. The internship lasts for a full semester or summer, and can be conducted either in the spring, summer, or fall, depending on the student’s schedule. There is no deadline for applications, as positions are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Most decisions are made as follows: late November for spring semester, late March for summer, and late July for fall semester. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for consideration.

Are college credits or stipends available?

Depending on your major and university, you may be able to receive credits for completing the internship. Please contact your major department or career services regarding the opportunity to earn credit hours. Limited stipends may also be awarded based on experience, quality of work, and availability.

How do I apply for an internship?

Graduate students, law students, and undergraduate students can apply for the internship by filling out the application below and submitting it along with their cover letter, writing sample, and résumé.




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Internship you are seeking:
 Public Policy Legal Communications Fundraising

Semester you wish to complete internship:
 Spring Summer Fall

In 1-2 paragraphs, please answer the following questions:*

As you likely know from your research of our organization, the Beacon Center is committed to limited government under the belief that people of every socio-economic status thrive when their lives are free from unnecessary government interference. Given this context, which of our policy areas most interests you and why?

Throughout your coursework you have been introduced to numerous ideologies and political theorists. Towards which scholar, if any, do you most feel an ideological kinship?

What are your career aspirations and do they include work in public policy? If so, are you interested in one or more particular policy areas or topics (i.e., property rights, healthcare, etc.) and why?

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NOTE: Each student is responsible for obtaining permission from the appropriate department of his or her university if s/he is seeking to obtain college credit for the internship, including submitting the necessary paperwork prior to the deadline imposed by the university. The Beacon Center is not responsible for ensuring that the student meets his or her university’s requirements.

If you have additional questions, contact Suzanne Michel at (615) 383-6431 or

To apply, submit your application, cover letter, writing sample, and résumé to the address below:
Beacon Center of Tennessee
ATTN: Internship Program
P.O. Box 198646
Nashville, TN 37219

Summer Fellowship Opportunities

In addition to the Beacon Center’s traditional internship, we are proud to team up with the Institute for Humane Studies to offer summer fellowship opportunities. Students can gain state policy experience and help us make a difference for liberty by applying through the Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies. The program includes a paid eight-week internship, two public policy seminars in Washington, DC, and career training. Find out more and apply by January 31 at: