Policy Coordinator

The Beacon Center is Tennessee’s premier free market public policy organization. Beacon is pound for pound the most effective and efficient state-level think tank in the country. With a staff of just eight and an annual budget of roughly $1.2 million, Beacon has achieved remarkable policy victories on the scale of those by think tanks four and five times our size. Some of the policy achievements that have empowered Tennesseans to reclaim control of their lives include:

  • Repealing the state death tax and phasing out the Hall Income Tax on retirement income, becoming just the second state in history to eliminate an income tax. These tax cuts have cumulatively saved taxpayers nearly $2 billion to date.
  • Enacting the nation’s fourth education savings account program, Tennessee’s first private school choice program.
  • Blocking an unaffordable and immoral expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare…twice.
  • Advancing free market healthcare reforms, including direct primary care, an overhaul of Tennessee’s certificate of need laws, and Right to Try.
  • Repealing multiple occupational licensing laws via legislation and strategic litigation.
  • Securing sensible criminal justice reforms to enhance public safety, save taxpayers money, and ensure that those leaving the criminal justice system become productive members of society.
  • Filing lawsuits on behalf of Tennesseans whose economic liberty and property rights have been violated, and at no cost to them. Our first ever lawsuit led a judge to strike down Nashville’s Airbnb regulations as unconstitutional, the first victory of its kind in the nation.

As a result of our efforts, thousands of Tennesseans can now realize the American Dream. But we’re still not satisfied, and we won’t be until Tennessee becomes and remains the freest, most prosperous state in America.

That’s why we are looking for new talent. Beacon seeks a Policy Coordinator who will help take our organization—and the freedom of our fellow Tennesseans—to the next level. The Policy Coordinator will work closely with our CEO and Director of Policy to execute Beacon’s top policy priorities and assist in the implementation of new policy programs in our state. The Policy Coordinator will conduct and commission top-notch research and help develop strategies that will turn great policy ideas into real-world solutions.

Beacon is a lean, innovative organization that operates much like a start-up. We are not afraid to take risks and develop new ways to solve old problems. And neither should our Policy Coordinator. He or she should have an entrepreneurial spirit and a high velocity of work, and be results-oriented, optimistic, and curious.

We believe that the principles of free markets, individual liberty, and limited government are the foundations of a prosperous and opportunity-laden society. So our Policy Coordinator must believe in and abide by these core principles.

The Policy Coordinator’s key roles and responsibilities will include the following: 

  • Work closely with the Director of Policy to establish and advance Beacon’s annual policy initiatives.
  • Conduct or commission original research and analysis related to those policy initiatives.
  • Oversee Beacon’s role in the implementation of programs resulting from our work, such as school choice programs, the Right to Earn a Living Act review of occupational licensing laws, Right to Try, etc.
  • Assist in drafting and editing Beacon’s policy publications.
  • Assist in executing Beacon’s various policy-related education and outreach programs.
  • Set legislative meetings, prepare Beacon staff for meetings with policymakers, monitor legislation of interest to Beacon, and track results. 


  • Possess strong writing and communication skills.
  • Be well organized and maintain excellent attention to detail.
  • Adept at utilizing office organizational systems, calendars, and applications.
  • Awareness of Tennessee public policy sphere is a plus.
  • One to three years experience in public policy or research is a plus.

To Apply:

Qualified and sincerely interested candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter explaining:
    • Your philosophical interest in our mission
    • An overview of your experience
    • Salary requirements
    • Résumé
    • A list of at least three references with phone number and email address.

    Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lindsay Boyd at

    While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.

While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.



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. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for consideration.

Are college credits or stipends available?

All Beacon internships are voluntary. However, 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.

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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Grade Level*

Internship you are seeking:
 Public Policy Communications and Marketing Fundraising and Development Legal (limited to those who have completed first year of law school.)

Semester you wish to complete internship:
 Spring Summer Fall

In 2-3 sentences, please answer the following:

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 areas most interests you 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, and résumé to the address below:
Beacon Center of Tennessee
ATTN: Internship Program
P.O. Box 198646
Nashville, TN 37219

While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.