Collegiate Associates Program
Manhattan Institute Collegiate Associate Program
The Manhattan Institute’s Collegiate Associates program puts graduate and undergraduate students in a position to meaningfully advance the Institute’s mission through research, journalism, outreach, and programming. With paid positions available on a variety of MI’s teams — including research centers, communications and marketing, and the Institute’s urban affairs magazine, City Journal — Collegiate Associates will contribute to the intellectual life and strategic direction of the institute while working closely with its fellows and senior leaders.
The Collegiate Associate Program is a 10-12 week program that provides comprehensive experience in MI’s core policy areas and functions. Associates can expect to build skills necessary for careers in the public and private for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Associates can expect to build skills necessary for careers in the public and private for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
To learn more about programming, qualifications and requirements, important dates and deadlines to apply, see below.
- Collegiate Associates are paid $15 per hour.
- All internships offer remote and hybrid options. However, in-person attendance is preferred.
- Interns may work part-time in the spring and fall (10-20 hours); all interns must work full-time in the summer.
- Undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students are encouraged to apply.
Activities and Programming
Collegiate Associates learn directly from the fellows and managers leading the Manhattan Institute’s work. Associates participate in strategic departmental meetings, events, seminars, and policy discussions. Because Associates are accountable for making valued contributions to their teams, MI places a premium on self-starters who have demonstrated a capacity for research, analysis, writing, and project management.
MI is a lean, dynamic, and intellectually driven environment. Associates work both independently and together with MI staff, often involved in multiple projects simultaneously. Associates are expected to make meaningful contributions to MI's intellectual and organizational life — for example, pitching event ideas, improving internal processes, writing policy commentary, or presenting research.
“As an intern at Manhattan Institute, I appreciate the skills in research that MI has encouraged me to develop, as well as the personnel skills that are required in the workplace. I felt welcomed at MI and was able to assist on relevant and thought-provoking projects researching fiscal policies and reform, while working alongside scholars and experts in their fields” — Bailey Summerfield, E21
“Working at MI has given me insight into how policy discussions are formed. I had the opportunity to interact with policy experts in quite a few fields and discuss cutting edge policies. MI provides a pragmatic, yet bold, approach to public policy. I was able to improve my legal writing and to polish my research skills. MI helped me to sharpen my professional focus.” — Jude Joanis, Legal Policy
“While at MI, I had the opportunity to dive deep into contemporary policy issues that interested me and learn a whole lot more about topics I didn’t even know interested me. I also had the opportunity to interact with some of the world’s leading scholars on housing, transit, homelessness and a many other fields. I also had the chance to hear some incredible speakers at MI events.” — Ajay Iyer, State and Local Policy
Successful Collegiate Associates must have:
- A minimum grade point average of 3.25
- Exceptional organizational skills and acute attention to detail.
- Time management skills and adaptability in a fast-paced work environment.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills to interface with internal staff, nonprofit leaders, and other potential partners in a professional manner.
Deadlines for Application Submissions
We are currently accepting applications for our Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 Programs. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
- Spring Program (January - May): November 15
- Summer Program (June - August): May 11
- Fall Program (September - December): August 31
We require one letter of recommendation and a resume. We will consider only complete applications, and form letters will be disregarded.
Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to interview every candidate. Please consider your application received once submitted. We will be in touch if you are selected for an interview.