Cascade Policy Institute offers internship opportunities year-round to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who have a minimum of three years of undergraduate training.

The internship program is open to students representing all academic disciplines, eager to hone their investigative, analytic, and journalism skills. Preference is given to students with a background in economics, business, public policy, political science, or related fields, or fields related to policy areas on which Cascade is currently working.

An internship at Cascade Policy Institute may include the following opportunities:

  • Research, analyze, and write about key public policy issues in the State of Oregon.
  • Publish articles, commentaries, and reports for our website, social media platforms, and our weekly e-newsletter which is received by Cascade supporters, state legislators, and the media. Read weekly QuickPoints! (90-second radio spots) on the air at a local Portland radio station.
  • Attend lectures and special policy presentations.
  • Attend and participate in skills training classes.
  • Travel with Cascade staff on field trips to Salem and around the Portland metro area.
  • Work with a staff mentor to develop research and analytical skills.
  • Enjoy social activities with Cascade staff and fellow interns.


Students interested in an internship at Cascade Policy Institute are strongly encouraged to apply through the Koch Internship Program. 

Applicants to the Koch Summer Fellows Program, administered by the Charles Koch Institute, may request to be placed for their internship at Cascade Policy Institute. The Koch Summer Fellows Program is approximately eight weeks long and provides a stipend, housing allowance, travel reimbursement, and two week-long seminars in Washington, D.C. with other Fellows interning at think tanks across the United States. 

Applicants should apply separately to this program at Cascade considers Koch Summer Fellow applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Cascade also considers candidates interested in the Liberty@Work program. Liberty@Work is a year of professional education and a full-time job for young adults seriously considering careers promoting free societies at public policy organizations or other related nonprofits. Candidates should apply directly to Liberty@Work.

If you are interested in receiving college credit for a Cascade internship, please contact your campus advisor regarding your school’s requirements, paperwork, etc. Cascade staff will be happy to complete the necessary forms that you submit for course credit.

While Cascade does not offer housing for interns, Cascade staff will work with interns to find accommodations during their stay in Portland.

For more information about internship opportunities, please contact Kathryn Hickok at (503) 242-0900 or

If you, your company, or your private foundation would like to sponsor an internship position at Cascade Policy Institute, please contact John Charles at (503) 242-0900 or Your donation will provide an unparalleled educational opportunity to worthy college students and will lead to the shaping of our future public policy leaders.