Director of Government Relations

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 on the planet. With a staff of just 11, Beacon has achieved remarkable policy victories that have empowered Tennesseans to reclaim control of their lives. Our accomplishments include:

  • Repealing the state death tax and phasing out the Hall Income Tax, becoming just the second state in history to eliminate an income tax. These tax cuts have cumulatively saved taxpayers more than $3 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.
  • Helping usher in the nation’s first Right to Earn a Living Act to bring about occupational licensing reform, and successfully repealing multiple licensing laws.
  • Establishing a high profile and broad-based coalition to advance sensible criminal justice reforms.

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 the nation.

That’s why we are looking for new talent to grow our team. Beacon seeks a Director of Government Relations who will help take our organization—and the freedom of our fellow Tennesseans—to the next level. The Director of Government Relations will expand our capacity and take advantage of several unique opportunities on Beacon’s horizon.

The main role of the Director of Government Relations will be to build out Beacon’s already-successful advocacy capacity and drive our policy and legislative agenda at the state Capitol and in local communities across Tennessee. This will be a senior-level team member that reports directly to our Executive Vice President.

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

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

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work side-by-side with Beacon’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President to advance Beacon’s mission.
  • Oversee Beacon’s government relations arm, turning Beacon’s policy ideas into action through advocacy at the state and local levels.
  • Collaborate with our Director of Policy to develop annual policy initiatives, and then establish and execute a legislative or executive strategy around those initiatives.
  • Serve as Beacon’s chief liaison to the governor and his administration, as well as members of the General Assembly and their staff on all legislation in which the organization is involved, including meeting with and advising policymakers within the governor’s administration and legislature.
  • Serve as Beacon’s chief liaison to local government officials in communities across Tennessee.
  • Coordinate with our Director of Outreach to identify external partners, coalitions, and individuals to assist in our government relations strategy at both the state and local level.
  • Collaborate with other members of Beacon’s team to advance their overlapping core priorities.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 4+ years working in or around the Tennessee General Assembly, another state legislature, or for a state or national public policy organization
  • In-depth understanding and respect for free market principles

How to Apply:

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

  • Cover letter, which should detail your philosophical interest in Beacon’s mission and your salary requirements
  • Résumé

Applications should be submitted to Stephanie Whitt 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.



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
  • Outreach (event coordination, public relations, coalition building)

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. The cut off to apply for a summer internship is March 15, for fall is August 15, and for spring is December 15.




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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.