Outreach Coordinator

The Beacon Center, Tennessee’s premier free market think tank, is seeking an outreach coordinator to help advance its mission of empowering Tennesseans to reclaim to control of their lives. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for serving as the point person on the organization’s issue-specific projects; identifying and vetting stories for the organization’s policy and litigation efforts; supervising all coalition building; managing events; assisting in certain development and communications responsibilities; and serving as a special assistant to the CEO and senior staff.


  • Serve as point person for all issue-specific projects, to include assisting the Director of Communications in the development and execution of all issue-specific project plans
  • Find Tennesseans who are impacted by policy or legal hurdles and ensure that they will be positive representatives of the issue, and vet potential heroes (those whose stories we tell) who submit stories or case inquiries to Beacon, offering recommendations to senior staff for or against approval for using their stories
  • Serve as point person for each hero with internal staff and external audiences
  • Work closely with Director of Policy to develop a coalition partnership strategy, build coalitions for each Beacon priority, and set coalition meetings
  • Coordinate all Beacon-sponsored events, to include identifying and securing speakers, reserving venues, setting up catering, collecting registrations, and arranging accommodations for speakers and special guests
  • Receive and direct all phone calls and visits by constituents and guests, and ensure that office remains presentable and welcoming to all guests
  • Assist Director of Development in setting donor meetings, building relationships with key gatekeepers, managing database information, and conducting detailed prospect research to identify giving capacity and alignment of prospective individual, corporate, and foundation donors
  • Assist Director of Communications in key communications tasks, particularly related to the management of social media
  • Assist CEO and all senior staff in the advancement of their roles and responsibilities

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Outgoing, dynamic personality
  • Independent work ethic and initiative
  • Understanding of public policy and knowledge of political processes
  • Affinity for liberty and free market principles

 How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:

  • Letter of inquiry stating interest in and qualifications for the position
  • Résumé

Materials should be emailed to Justin Owen at

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.


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. Final decisions are made as follows: November 15 for spring semester, March 15 for summer, and July 15 for fall semester. 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, 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:

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.