William F. Buckley Jr. founded National Review (NR) magazine in 1955. It was, and remains today, America’s foremost conservative publication. National Review “stands athwart history, yelling Stop.” National Review Institute (NRI) was founded by Buckley in 1991, 36 years after he founded National Review magazine. The Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization, established to support the mission of its sister organization by engaging in policy development, public education, and advocacy. NRI advances the conservative principles for which Buckley advocated throughout his life. NRI’s mission is to preserve and promote the legacy of William F. Buckley Jr. and advance the conservative principles he championed.

These two vital components of American conservatism have joined forces so that the entire National Review enterprise—encompassing both the magazine’s venerated editorial activities and the Institute’s impactful educational programs—is assured of having an even greater consequence, both now and for years to come. All aspects of the National Review family will be combined within one entity. Under the leadership of editor Rich Lowry, NR will remain America’s largest circulation and measurably influential magazine for conservative news, commentary, and opinion, while NRI will continue to live up to its reputation as a provider of high-quality conservative programming complementing NR’s mission. 

Internship Program

Applications for Summer 2019 internships have closed.

National Review Institute offers a competitive internship program with openings during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Internships at NRI provide undergraduate students with hands-on experience in its unique journalistic think tank environment, allowing them to develop a wide array of professional skills and gain valuable experience for future endeavors. 

Those interested in interning for National Review have the opportunity to work in either writing/editing or publishing/marketing and should apply directly to NR.

“My experiences with NRI will play a crucial role in any successes I have as an attorney. I am eternally grateful to National Review Institute for providing me with a rewarding and challenging internship that taught me so much. My internship at NRI provided me with opportunities to learn and grow that I would have struggled to find anywhere else.” -John Kurtz, Intern 2013-2015 


NRI Interns should be enrolled in an undergraduate program and have strong research and writing skills. Interns in the Fall and Spring should be available to work 20 hours per week, with flexible scheduling based on course load. Summer Internships entail full-time work for 8-10 weeks. Interns must be comfortable in a support role to the NRI Fellows and staff. Interns should successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously, have a high degree of conscientiousness and excellent organizational skills, and be proficient with basic computer software programs. Experience with WordPress, and a familiarity with an interest in the work of WFB, is a plus. 

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a resume, transcript (unofficial acceptable), recommendation, and a cover letter explaining why you would like to work with the National Review Institute to clare@nrinstitute.org with the subject line: NRI Office Intern. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please use the contact info above for any further questions. NRI often partners with the Charles Koch Institute, The Fund for American Studies, and other internship programs when hiring interns, and applicants can choose to apply through either program, as well.

Past Intern Profiles:

John Kurtz spent two years interning for NRI from 2013-2015 before joining the staff full-time after graduating from NYU, when he became NRI’s first Campus Outreach and Programs Officer. John participated in a wide array of projects during his internship experience at NRI, including assistance on grant proposals, research and archiving for the Buckley Legacy Project, and launching the NRI On Campus program. John is currently a 2L at the University of Virginia School of Law, and hopes to join a law firm in Texas to practice corporate finance law after graduating. About his experience as an intern at NRI, John wrote: “My experiences with NRI will play a crucial role in any successes I have as an attorney. I am eternally grateful to National Review Institute for providing me with a rewarding and challenging internship that taught me so much. My internship at NRI provided me with opportunities to learn and grow that I would have struggled to find anywhere else.”


Rachel Levine-Ramirez interned for NRI in spring of 2015 and summer of 2016.  Having the opportunity to intern in both the New York and DC offices, Rachel assisted NRI fellows with various tasks. Rachel gained valuable experience archiving the history of the Books, Arts, and Manners section of National Review, as well as assisting staff on planning numerous NRI events  Rachel transitioned immediately from her internship at NRI to her current position as a Management Consultant Associate at PwC in New York City. When reflecting on her time at NRI, Rachel wrote: “In addition to the professional experience I gained, I also gained a deep appreciation for William F. Buckley Jr., and the history of the conservative movement in America. NRI gave me a lot of responsibility and flexibility in my internship, which gave me the chance to truly own my work. I’ve been able to carry over these skills and apply them to my current job as a consultant with PwC.”


Dominic Conoshenti interned with NRI through the Charles Koch Internship program in the summer of 2017. While working in the NYC office, Dominic spearheaded a social media strategy for NRI, created a digital archive of thousands of photographs from the life of William F. Buckley Jr. and his family, and gained valuable experience archiving pieces from the rich history of National Review magazine. After completing his internship, Dominic returned to George Washington University in Washington, DC where he was able to work with NRI On Campus to bring NRI speakers to his campus. About his time with NRI, Dominic wrote “Working at NRI gave me invaluable professional skills and experiences. Through my work I was given the opportunity to rediscover elements of William F. Buckley Jr’s life through archival research. There is no doubt that what I learned interning at NRI will stick with me for the rest of my college and professional career.”


More information on NRI’s year-round Internship programs can be found here.


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