Internship Program

The Platte Institute is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) think tank that advances public policies that remove barriers to growth and opportunity in Nebraska. We pursue research, analysis, and commentary on issues in state policy relevant to citizens and lawmakers in Nebraska, and work to make the Good Life within reach for all Nebraskans.

Are you looking to gain experience in policy analysis at the state level?

Ideal candidates will demonstrate an active interest in public policy, strong intellectual skills, eagerness to work cooperatively and supportively with others, an appreciation for the free enterprise system and constitutionally limited government, and an interest for learning how to advance free market principles at the state level. Areas of focus include policy and research analysis along with communications and public relations.

Primary Responsibilities Include:
  • Assist the Director of Policy, Communications, and Government Relations with research and analysis of various topics, including tax and fiscal policy, government spending, and regulation;
  • Develop content for internal distribution and external publication, including weekly research blogs, op-eds/editorials, collateral materials, and policy publications, as assigned;
  • Attend conferences, briefings, and forums as a representative of the Platte Institute and share information about those events with staff;
  • Monitor legislation and committee hearings during the legislative session. During the interim, monitor interim legislative resolutions and interim studies of interest. Provide summaries to Director of Policy, Director of Communications and/or the Director of Government Relations;
  • Prepare educational resources to state lawmakers and candidates, as needed;
  • Assisting with Platte Institute events, as necessary;
Education and Experience Required:
  • Strong commitment to the principles of limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility;
  • While many of our applicants study economics, political science, communications, history, or business, we encourage applicants from all disciplines, as well as those with advanced degrees.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work;
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Additional Information

Click here to submit an internship application online via Google Forms. You may also download the program application in PDF format or Word format.

Applicants accepted by the Platte Institute will have the opportunity to participate in the Charles Koch Institute nonprofit internship for students.  Students selected for this program will receive additional training and resources from the Charles Koch Institute and will receive compensation for their participation. If participation in this program is not desired, unpaid internships are also available. For more information about the Koch Institute Internship program and compensation, visit