Founded in 1961 by Dr. F.A. “Baldy” Harper, the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University supports the achievement of a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and in advancing the principles and practice of liberty.

Each year IHS awards over $750,000 in scholarships to students from universities around the world.  IHS also sponsors the attendance of hundreds of students at its summer seminars and provides various forms of career assistance, including sponsored internships to students and recent graduate’s pursuing careers in academia, journalism, and public policy.  Through its programs, the Institute promotes the study of liberty across a broad range of disciplines, encouraging understanding, open inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem solving.

IHS is currently looking for applicants for our Harper Internship Program.  This program invites talented and passionate liberty advocates into the center of the liberty movement as IHS team members. As an IHS intern, you can customize your experience—from start and end dates to specific departments and projects, the Harper Internship Program gives you the opportunity to choose the experience that will position you to succeed in your career.

Internship Components


• Weekly reading discussions

• Weekly talks and lectures from scholars, staff, and program officers

• Local partner organization learning opportunities

 Professional Development

• Intensive career mentoring

• Networking opportunities

• Connections to other IHS programs and GMU opportunities

 Benefits of Working for IHS:

• Work in some of IHS’s most important programs including conference management, Learn Liberty, marketing, operations and hiring, network relations, and more

• Opportunities to present new program suggestions to senior staff members

• Participation in IHS staff meetings and internal book discussions

Participants in our Program Receive:

• Competitive daily stipend of $58

• Books and other publications on economics, history, philosophy, and more

• Networking opportunities with liberty-friendly individuals and organizations in the DC area

We accept interns of all ages and experience levels, and international applicants with a visa status that allows employment in the U.S. are eligible. IHS will not sponsor visa status if you do not already have it.

The Institute for Humane Studies is located in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., two blocks from the Virginia Square metro stop (on the Orange Line). IHS is a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional and personal growth.  We are excited to have you join our team!

 Click here for more information on the Harper Internship Program!