Internships

Hey, you!

Yeah … you!

Do you have a few hours each week you’re looking to fill?

Do you love freedom?

Do you wish government wasn’t holding so much of your paycheck in its pocket?

Well – you’ve come to the right place.

The South Carolina Policy Council is looking for young adults who’d be willing to join our cause and be a part of the movement to make South Carolina the freest state in the nation.

We are always looking for bright, young individuals who are ready to hit the ground running and crave real world experience working in a fast-paced, nonprofit environment.

Think you might be up for the challenge?

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This could be where you make an impact to make South Carolina the freest state!

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More information about research and development internships coming soon.

Here’s what some former interns have to say about working here:

Al K: Research Intern

Interning at the Policy Council really gave me some perspective on how the government is actually run. Many people in today’s world don’t have a real grasp for how things are actually done on the local, state, and federal level. As a result they view government intervention as a panacea. Working up close and personal with the state government in Columbia put a face on the political cronyism that is plaguing our country. Having some first-hand experience with ins and outs of government is invaluable, especially when it comes to the fields of politics, philosophy, and economics. As for the people at the Policy Council, I can’t say enough about them. Everyone, whether they’re a part of the Research Department, Operations, The Nerve, or involved in development are always straightforward, professional, and hard working. The Policy Council provides a stable environment for doing what they do best, advocating for limited government and free markets.

Steven V: Research Intern

My time at the South Carolina Policy Council remains one of the most informative and enjoyable experiences of my career. A vibrant part of South Carolina’s political life, it was at the Policy Council that I was tangibly introduced to that which is most important in all of politics: healthy, robust, and informed accountability. Whether it was going through legislation with a fine-toothed comb, researching public policy proposals, or making sure state legislators were being honest, the Policy Council is the premiere exercise of an organization of individuals devoted to engaging government in South Carolina. To have been a part of this organization and to have learnt so much in regards to state politics was both an honor and an invaluable source of education; not to mention the opportunity to work with some truly wonderful people who will all know your name and your birthday.

Kelli W: Nerve Intern

Thanks for making me a better and far more confident writer than I ever thought I’d be. I’ve always loved to write, but working at the Nerve has helped me become more disciplined, not just in the act of writing itself, but also in the methods and practices behind writing. Thanks most of all for helping me to step out of my shell. I had a lot of training in school, but it’s different and even difficult at times actually putting those practices in place. The Nerve threw me in the very first day, and I’m pretty sure I wrote my first story before I had even been here a week. That was great because it helped me overcome my nervousness and insecurity; I didn’t have time to overanalyze and doubt myself. By diving in immediately, I had to focus on getting the job done.

Matthew S: Research Intern

My time with the South Carolina Policy Council gave me a valuable and unique opportunity to experience different aspects of public policy research and advocacy work. The staff’s willingness to allow me to contribute in different areas of their mission helped me to focus my own career and educational goals, and to learn valuable skills for future employment. The research experience and knowledge of the legislative process that I gained as an intern for the Policy Council were especially valuable in preparation for law school. The Policy Council’s rigorous commitment to ensuring government accountability and transparency has had the greatest impact on my interest in public service and public policy work.

Amit K: Nerve Intern

The Nerve allowed me to get my work and my name published. It allowed me to gain real-world experience and hit the ground running. I learned how to interview, how to write, and how to file FOIA’s (a huge plus for journalists). I just can’t understate the amount of experience it gave me.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (803) 779-5022.

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(Left) Research intern, Billy, is hard at work looking over legislation.
(Right) Development intern, Natalie, films former Governor Sanford at SCPC’s Council of Governors event.