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)
  • Government Relations

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

Student interns will work from the Center’s office in the Marathon Village building. This will include both remote and in-office days.

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 PolicyCommunications and MarketingFundraising and DevelopmentLegal (limited to those who have completed first year of law school.)Government Relations

    Semester you wish to complete internship:

    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.

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