Alaska Policy Forum Summer 2022 Internship – closed

Applications for APF’s Summer 2022 internship have closed. Please try again next year!

Alaska Policy Forum (APF), Alaska’s premier state public policy center, seeks ambitious students who would like to sharpen their writing, communication, web development, fundraising, research, and/or event-organizing skills while learning more about state policy. APF’s paid interns are given the opportunity to gain valuable experience in several fields focused on advancing public policy ideas, including policy work, communications, or fundraising and event planning (see descriptions below). Interns work with our fun team of APF staff members to gain hands-on experience while improving their research, analytical, and writing skills.

If you have a strong interest in political science, public policy, economics, business, history, English, journalism, information technology, marketing, development, or communications, we encourage you to apply. APF internships are paid and can be remote, but preference is given to Alaskan students. Housing and transportation stipends are not provided.

An ideal APF intern has above-average writing and/or editing skills and a basic understanding of current events. We value in our interns an appreciation for — and understanding of — individual liberty, the free market, and limited government. Intern responsibilities may include the following, depending on the intern track: writing for publication, editing, public policy research, social media management, website management, administrative tasks, event planning, and donor relations.

Additionally, APF will provide access to seminars, professional development training, and possible scholarship opportunities open to students interested in the principles of liberty. The employment term is flexible and lasts approximately 3 months, working up to 10 hours weekly, between May and August.

To apply, please send your resume, your preferred track (public policy, communications, or fundraising and event planning), and responses to three of the following prompts to Each response should be no more than 500 words. A cover letter is optional.

  1. Describe an issue currently addressed by the government (federal, state, or local) that you believe would be better handled by the private sector, and explain why.
  2. Explain what “individual liberty” means to you.
  3. Why are you interested in interning at Alaska Policy Forum?
  4. What, in your opinion, is the most pressing public policy problem today? Why?
  5. If you could change one state policy to immediately increase freedom for Alaskans, what would it be and why?
  6. What is the proper function of federal, state, or local government? (Pick one)
  7. Name a philosopher, author, or public figure that has influenced your perspective on public policy and explain why.
  8. What are you studying in college and why? Where do you want it to lead?


Fundraising/Events Internship

This position offers a behind-the-scenes look at how funds are raised to support the liberty movement in Alaska. The candidate will gain an overview of nonprofit development, to include donor relations, donor meetings, grant writing, donor database management, donor-related mail and email efforts, and event planning.

Fundraising work might include:

  • Online research to help grow the APF family of supporters. This includes gathering and analyzing data from news media, public databases, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other sources.
  • Database work to strengthen communications with donors, primarily by acquiring email addresses and other contact information.
  • Personal contact with donors through phone calls and emails in support of excellent donor relations.
  • Clerical support, such as club fulfillment, data entry, filing, handling mailings, etc.

Event work might include:

  • Assist event manager with logistics, such as pre-registration, set up and take down of event material, greeting guests, etc. This includes same-day travel throughout Alaska and may involve evening or weekend work.
  • Review contracts and vendor documents for accuracy.
  • Call attendees to confirm registration and contact information.
  • Assist with guest and vendor follow-up after each event.

Ideal candidates will have strong verbal and written communication skills, demonstrate a great degree of professionalism, and manage highly confidential information. Customer service experience is a plus.


Communications Internship

The communications intern will work on a variety of marketing and communications projects which help disseminate Alaska Policy Forum’s message. Work may include writing articles, helping with press releases, researching for projects, creating syndicated materials, and a variety of other tasks. This work will involve coordination with all APF’s policy areas.

Communication work might include:

  • Assist with press releases; drafting, obtaining quotes, and sending to media outlets.
  • Create social media posts, to include graphics.
  • Schedule staff for radio interviews.
  • Track APF’s media mentions from newspapers, radio shows, and other sources.
  • Drafting APF e-newsletter content and format.
  • Editing audio or video content.

Ideal candidates will possess strong and creative research skills and an interest in issues related to economics, education, health care, labor, and government accountability. Excellent organizational, written, and oral communications skills are required, as is ethical and professional conduct.


Public Policy Internship

The public policy intern will assist the policy team with research, writing, and data collection projects. APF’s research helps shape the public debate in Alaska in positive ways to encourage needed reforms. Policy topics include education reform, state fiscal issues, health care, election integrity, and others.

Policy work might include:

  • Write blog posts for APF’s website, to further APF’s main policy areas.
  • Assist policy team with research for in-depth reports from a variety of sources, including news articles, op-eds, academic journals, etc.
  • Data collection for long-term analyses; data is primarily from various State of Alaska departments, or entities such as schools and unions.

Ideal candidates will possess strong and creative research skills and an interest in issues related to economics, education, health care, labor, and government accountability. Excellent organizational, written, and oral communications skills are required, as is ethical and professional conduct.


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