VP Finance and Operations

William F. Buckley Jr. Journalism Fellowship

Internship Program


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. 

Director/Vice President of Finance and Operations

Since 1955, National Review magazine (NR Inc.) has defined the modern conservative movement and enjoys the broadest allegiance of American conservatives. National Review Institute was founded by William F. Buckley Jr. as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1991. NRI’s mission is to advance the conservative principles he championed, complement the mission of the magazine, and support NR’s best talent. In 2015 NR Inc., the editorial enterprise, became a wholly-owned subsidiary of NRI.

The Institute’s educational programs bring together leaders in business, philanthropy, media, and policy to help strengthen the broader conservative movement, while also educating emerging leaders and our fellow citizens on the principles of a free society. More information is available at www.nrinstitute.org.

Job Description:

National Review Institute, a NYC-based conservative institution, seeks a Director/Vice President of Finance and Operations to join its senior management team. In addition to educational and fellowship programs, the Institute has significant fund-raising operations, national conferences, and events.

The position will be responsible for all finance and administration of the organization, including office operations and special projects. A significant portion of this job’s responsibilities will be the accounting/business operations for the subsidiary, NR Inc., which include online and print publishing and advertising.

The candidate will provide useful financial and operational insight and analysis to help make sound strategic decisions, will voice well-substantiated dissenting opinions when needed, and will have an intense appreciation of accountability and bottom line results. 


Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the management of:

  • Monthly financial reporting (GAAP)
  • Budgeting
  • Office operations and management
  • Special projects
  • Tax compliance (Fed, State, local)
  • Banking
  • Payroll
  • Employee benefits
  • Cost efficiencies
  • Operational best practices
  • Internal controls
  • Annual audit
  • Cost-sharing program with subsidiary
  • Forecasting
  • Finance committee meetings
  • Board meeting presentations
  • Contract review
  • IT contractors
  • Recruitment of new hires

The position reports directly to the President, and will oversee a staff of four at NRI and NR Inc.


The ideal candidate will have earned their CPA credential and have at least 7-10 years of experience in public accounting, with high performance ratings and leadership skills, and legal knowledge. Non-profit, publishing, and IT experience are all plusses.  The candidate must have strong Excel and Word skills and excellent written and verbal communications, be highly organized, and interact effectively with all levels in an organization.


Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to jobs@nrinstitute.org and list “VP Finance and Operations” in the subject line. The cover letter should explain how the applicant’s skills, experience, and future goals relate to the position and National Review Institute.

William F. Buckley Jr. Journalism Fellowship

William F. Buckley Jr. nurtured two generations of conservative journalists. His enormous legacy includes scores of conservative editors and writers. The annual William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political Journalism, sponsored by the National Review Institute, is a unique opportunity for a recent college graduate to work as writer/reporter with National Review magazine for a one year term starting in May/June.

National Review roving correspondent Kevin D. Williamson serves as Director of the Buckley Fellowship for NRI. Kevin offers editorial feedback, guidance, and support in weekly reviews with the Buckley Fellows, as well as hosts monthly lunches with leading conservative thinkers and journalists.

Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, said “The Buckley journalism program has a proven record of training top-notch young conservative journalists.”

NRI is currently accepting applications for the 2018/2019 Fellowship. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified by March 1st. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, current résumé, recommendation from a former employer or professor, current transcript (unofficial acceptable), and a writing sample. The cover letter should explain the applicant’s education, work, other activities, and future goals as they relate to a fellowship working at National Review magazine. In other words- “why you and why National Review?”

Applications can be sent via mail to:
National Review Institute
WFB Journalism Fellows program
19 W 44th St. #1701
New York, NY 10036
or via email to buckleyfellowship@nrinstitute.org

Internship Program

Applications for internships at National Review Institute are currently closed. Applications for Summer 2018 will open soon.

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. Please note that this is not an internship with National Review. Those interested in writing, editing, or publishing with National Review should apply directly to NR 

Interns’ responsibilities in the past have included, but are not limited to:

  • Organizing and growing an extensive archive of photos, film clips, quotations, and significant events in the life of William F. Buckley Jr.
  • Research: ranging from general fact and data-finding to in-depth issue-specific projects for NRI programs and individual NRI Fellow’s work
  • Content creation and management for social media
  • Attending and/or watching events and taking notes for NRI Fellows
  • Providing administrative support to staff
  • Contributing to design projects and website maintenance

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 15-20 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, excellent organizational skills, and must be proficient with basic computer software programs. Experience with WordPress, and a familiarity with and 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 nate@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 and The Fund for American Studies when hiring interns, and applicants can choose to apply through either program, as well. 

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

 National Review Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles William F. Buckley Jr. championed, and complement the mission of National Review magazine by supporting and promoting NR’s best talent. All contributions to it are deductible for income, gift, and estate tax purposes. EIN# 13-3649537