YAL Internship and Fellowship Program

Internships

Thank you for your interest in an Internship or Fellowship with Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). This is arguably the best professional opportunity in DC and in the liberty movement. If offered, you'll have the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the largest, most active, and fastest growing pro-liberty organization in the country.

If you are an active member of YAL, then please apply now. (If you're not a member, join YAL today -- then apply!)

If you have any questions, please email internships@yaliberty.org.

Internship:

Unlike some organizations, YAL assigns more than just entry-level work, though you will be given some. Interns must complete important tasks which require them to manage their time, utilize their organizational skills, and exhibit a strong work ethic. YAL is only interested in motivated, hard-working YAL members who can meet deadlines and perform immediately at a high level.

In many ways, working for YAL is a lifestyle and can open doors for you, especially if you want to work in the liberty movement.

During the internship, you will have the opportunity to work closely with full-time staff members, develop a semester project, and learn more about what goes into running a student-based political non-profit.

This opportunity is perfect for someone looking to develop their professional skill set and get a broad overview of what it’s like to work in the liberty movement.

Each semester, YAL typically, but not always, offers the following internships:

Communications Intern: Responsible for several tasks pertinent to the daily communications of the YAL network. From editing blogs to writing donor emails, you work with the YAL Director of Communications on a variety of projects. You will learn the ins-and-outs of MailChimp email services, messaging activism projects, executing social media campaigns, and coordinating press relations for pertinent activism stories and YAL national events.

Skills preferred:

  • Verbal and written communication

  • Experience with writing op eds

  • Video editing

  • Graphic design  

Development Intern: Responsible for several tasks pertinent to the daily development program of the YAL network. From writing letters to assisting the President with donor calls, you work with the development team on a variety of projects. You will learn the ins-and-outs of Salesforce, Direct Mail, prospecting, and researching foundations and individuals responsible for growing YAL's donor relations, providing the funds to keep the lights on.

As a general note, you will be on the phone a lot to help grow YAL’s donor list. Development is one of the most needed areas among non-profits, considering without funds we cannot run effectively. If you enjoy talking to people about how much you love liberty or even if you just want to improve or challenge your communications skills we highly recommend this position!

Skills preferred:

  • Nice handwriting

  • Background in customer service

  • Researching

  • Experience with phone banking

  • Motivation

Events Intern: Responsible for several tasks pertinent to the daily event's program of the YAL network. From booking venues to organizing YALCON or Spring Summits, you work with the Director of Events on a variety of projects. You will learn the ins and outs of scheduling, booking, reviewing contracts pertinent to putting on successful YAL events.  

Skills preferred:

  • Familiar with booking flights, venues, catering

  • High attention to detail*

  • Organization

  • Experience running events

  • Time management

Executive Intern: Responsible for assisting the President and Vice President with tasks related to the inner workings of YAL as a whole. You will learn what goes into running a successful nonprofit, including document development, editing, and efficiency techniques.  

Seeing as the President and Vice President oversee all departments your work will be closely involved with the Development, Communication, and Field departments. Expect tasks related to document editing, donor calls, and data upkeep and management.  

Skills preferred:

  • Experience using data formulas (Google Sheets, Excel)

  • Website editing (Wordpress)

  • Document editing

  • Attention to detail

  • Written and verbal communication

Field Program Intern: Responsible for assisting Regional Directors with daily tasks and developing and expanding YAL’s member and chapter structure. You will assist in creating new national activism events, recruiting for YALCON or Spring Summits, chapter creation and activation, and the general maintenance of the field program.  

This is the department which gets the most facetime with our Chapter Presidents and on the ground campus activists. Being the largest, most active, and fastest growing pro-liberty organization doesn’t just happen overnight. The results we produce in the field creates legitimacy and further establishes our growth on college campuses.

In this department, you will learn the driving force of our success. This is perfect for individuals looking to learn more about activism in the college sphere and will help jumpstart a potential career in said area.

Skills preferred:

  • Familiar with Facebook Graph Search

  • Experience phone banking

  • Basic knowledge of chapter creation and activation process

  • Data entry

  • Aware of basic persuasion techniques

  • Time and task management

Free Speech Intern: Responsible for assisting the Director of Free Speech with fighting the egregious speech codes on college campuses across the nation. You will learn the ins and outs of the free speech process by researching speech codes, working with students and media to effectively challenge said codes, and learn about the litigation process.

Skills preferred:

  • Familiar with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

  • Background in law

  • Writing press releases

  • Research

Mobilization Intern: Responsible for assisting the Director of Mobilization with the daily tasks of researching various job and internship opportunities, posting on the job board, reaching out to alumni, scheduling, and surveying. If you are interested in career services, alumni relations, or recruiting this is the place for you!

Skills preferred:

  • Experience campaigning

  • Data entry and formatting

  • Research

  • General knowledge of political career fields/opportunities

  • Verbal and written communication

Fellowships:

A Fellow varies from an Intern in that they are directly working with the Director of their department and given more difficult tasks related to their specific field.

We are looking for individuals with proven experience in said areas. With greater power comes more responsibility. Individuals will be held to a higher standard and expected to take on tasks, which a full-time employee would generally be in charge of. For this reason, you will be gaining real work experience that will surely transfer over to a more permanent job.

In addition, you will be encouraged to find new ways to improve each department whether it's finding a better process or implementing new structures.  

Communications Fellowship

Responsible for several tasks pertinent to the daily communications of the YAL network. From editing blogs to writing donor emails, you work with the YAL Director of Communications on a variety of projects. You will learn the ins-and-outs of MailChimp email services, messaging activism projects, executing social media campaigns, and coordinating press relations for pertinent activism stories and YAL national events.

The best part of this fellowship is going to be the various relationships you develop with members of the press across the nation. These are lasting connections that could later jumpstart your career.

Furthermore, you will be helping develop and maintain YAL’s newest Media Ambassador Program where you will help other individuals hone in on their writing abilities by reviewing their work and giving advice.

Some other tasks that you will work closely with include writing and scheduling emails to the YAL network as well as editing free speech videos, creating memes, and doing some graphic design work.

During the application process, you will be required to submit a writing sample.

Skills preferred:

  • Verbal and written communication

  • Experience with writing op eds

  • Video editing

  • Graphic design  

Development Fellowship

Responsible for several tasks pertinent to the daily development program of the YAL network. From writing letters to assisting the President with donor calls, you work with the development team on a variety of projects. You will learn the ins-and-outs of Salesforce, Direct Mail, prospecting, and researching foundations and individuals responsible for growing YAL's donor relations, providing the funds to keep the lights on.

As a general note, you will be on the phone a lot to help grow YAL’s donor list. Development is one of the most needed areas among non-profits, considering without funds we cannot run effectively. We prefer individuals who have had experience fundraising and are familiar with the general processes of a development department or have a strong desire to learn.

As a Fellow, you will receive your own donor portfolio which you will contact and maintain a good relationship with during the time you are here.

Some other tasks you will work closely with include writing handwritten letters, printing, stuffing, and mailing direct mail, as well as calling through perspective lists to set meetings for development tours across the country.

In addition, as we have grown our development department we would like to provide fellows with the opportunity to attend events in the area on behalf of YAL to cultivate relationships with donors.

During the application process, you will be required to submit a writing sample.

Skills preferred:

  • Fundraising

  • Nice handwriting

  • Background in customer service

  • Researching

  • Experience with phone banking

  • Motivation

Position Details

Interns earn $1,800 per month through the Charles Koch Institute’s (CKI) Professional Education Program, which they end up being placed -- this is one of the best-paid internships in DC. Housing is not provided.

This is a full-time position located in Arlington, VA. YAL's office hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM every weekday -- although one day each week will be spent at the Charles Koch Institute for professional development training.

Fall term typically runs early September through early December

Spring term typically runs late January through early May

Summer term typically runs early June through early August

FAQ’s

  1. What is the office culture like?

  2. For how much YAL does we are a very small office, which means many of us are quite close. The office can be very fun and even sometimes entertaining. Most of us are HUGE fans of the office, so quoting the show is more than common. Aside from the fun stuff everyone is held to a high standard and working late is common. Most staff actually take on additional positions or responsibilities. We are laid back, but also fast paced and often state, “Statism never sleeps. Neither should we!” Overall, everyone is very friendly, helpful, but ready to #MakeLibertyWin.

  3. Why do I need to get accepted into a CKI program?

  4. First of all, why wouldn’t you want to be accepted into a CKI program? A number of connections and learning you will do is incredible. YAL strongly believes that in order for our interns and fellows to receive the best experience they can it is imperative for them to participate in the program. Individuals who participate in the program typically stay involved in the liberty movement long term and come out of the program with a strong professional work ethic and a deep understanding of how they can influence our society towards a freer future.

  5. Is there free housing?

  6. YAL does not provide housing, however, there are plenty of ways to find reasonable housing around the DC area. Depending on where you are looking and what rooming situation you are interested in rent can range from $600-$1,000. For example, if you are comfortable living in a house with five other people away from a metro stop your rent is going to be cheaper than someone living by themselves with a dog in the middle of the city. Typically rent is closest to $800.

  7. Is the position paid?

  8. All interns and fellows are paid $1,800 a month when participating in a CKI Internship or Fellowship program. This stipend is not taxed but will need to be reported when filing your taxes later in the year. Taxation is theft.

  9. Do we receive compensation for travel to and from work?

  10. You do! All interns or fellows have an option to receive a parking pass or a stipend for the metro ($105/month).

  11. Are we able to network during our time in DC?

  12. Here at YAL, we want to make sure you have more than enough opportunity to learn and network! Throughout the semester we will register you for events and trainings.

  13. What can I do to prepare for my CKI program application and interview?

  14. It is important to take time and research the vision and mission of CKI, so you have a clear understanding of what is expected in their program and all the great opportunities provided. Here are some resources to get you started:

  15. How the application process works

  16. CKI's focus issues

  17. A copy of Good Profit by Charles Koch if you’re ambitious

  18. Learn Market Based Management

  19. Framework for a Free Society

  20. Where is the YAL office located?

  21. The YAL office is located at 1320 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201.

  22. How many internships/fellowships are offered each semester?

  23. Every semester is different at YAL. In general we typically always will want to have at least two development interns/fellows, one events intern, one communications intern/fellow, and three field interns. During the summer we usually have a full class of 12 interns/fellows.

  24. Who should I contact for questions about my application?

  25. You should contact the Intern Coordinator, Lydia Schwertfeger, at internships@yaliberty.org

  26. What is the dress code during an average work day?

  27. Everyone dresses in business casual attire. We want you to be comfortable while you work, but feel free to dress to impress. Nice jeans without holes or rips are permitted. No running shoes. Men must always wear a collared shirt. Women typically wear dresses or a blouse with dress pants or nice jeans.

  28. What does the average week look like in the YAL office?

  29. It’s hard to say between semesters and departments, but the office is always buzzing with work. To get a general gist of what each department does please look at the descriptions above.

  30. Are there any requirements to participate in an internship or fellowship with YAL?

  31. Everyone needs to be an official dues-paying member of Young Americans for Liberty. If you are not an official member with us, you can join here! You also need to get accepted into a CKI program for us to bring you on.

  32. Do I ever have to run and get coffee for staff?

  33. YAL prides itself on semester programs with REAL work experience. You will never be asked to go and get coffee for someone. While there will always be entry level work it will always be work that each and every staff member has also had to do at some point as well. Also, we have free coffee at the office.

  34. What’s so great about YAL’s semester opportunities?

  35. “YAL's Communications Fellowship gave me valuable experience in every major aspect of communications work. After this fellowship, I now feel confident in pursuing a full-time career in this field because of all the opportunities Young Americans for Liberty's program gave me.” - Amber Loveshe, Communications Fellow - Summer 17’

  36. “YAL's Internship Program changed my life by giving me the opportunity to find my niche in the Liberty movement and gain invaluable professional experience I can now use to further advance Liberty. Because of YAL's Internship Program, I was able to move on and work for another libertarian organization.” - Eddie Stamper, Communications, and Southeast Field Intern - Spring 17’

  37. "YAL’s Development Fellowship helps you learn to think on your feet. Throughout the semester you get to see YAL's mission and goals really come together. It was great to be a part of YAL’s national team." - Nicolas McCook, Development Fellow - Summer 17’

Application Process

YAL will only consider applicants who are active, dues-paying members and approved for the Koch Internship Program (KIP) or Koch Fellowship Program (KFP).

If you are not a member, join now.

It is imperative that you take this two-step application process seriously! We are a partner organization of the Charles Koch Institute’s (CKI) Professional Education Programs, which means in order to work with YAL for a semester you need to make it into their prestigious program as well.

Here are some quick tips and resources to help you out!

CKI Tips:

It is important to take time and research the vision and mission of CKI, so you have a clear understanding of what is expected in their program and all of the great opportunities provided. Think, “How would this program benefit me and how is it better than doing a typical internship?”

Here are some resources to get you started:

Here's when we recommend submitting an application:

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If you have already applied to a CKI program you DO NOT need to repeat this step. We will be able to tell when you get accepted.

In addition to CKI’s application, you will need to apply with YAL. We recommend filling out both applications right away to ensure a speedy review process and a higher probability of acceptance.

Spring 2017 dates: January 29 - May 4

To apply for the YAL Spring 2017 Internship or Fellowship, complete this process below! Deadline to apply: December 1st

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