Undergraduate Opportunities

On-campus Internships

The Baker Institute offers numerous on-campus internship opportunities to Rice University undergraduates and graduate students.


Intern Marc Sabbagh discusses Conflict Resolution Forum policy research with Baker Institute supporters at the Fall 2011 Roundtable Reception.

In addition to policy-focused coursework, the Baker Institute offers an internship program designed to provide Rice University undergraduate students with public policy experience and exposure to a nonprofit environment. The institute also seeks to engage graduate-level students with meaningful research and academic opportunities.


The Baker Institute intern program offers Rice undergraduate students paid internships for up to 10 hours per week in research or administration. Research interns work directly with institute fellows and scholars on critical national and international policy issues. Administrative interns work with senior staff in a professional office environment, providing essential support in a security-sensitive setting. The work may involve research, writing, editing, event planning and office work including copying, filing, maintaining office supplies, light cleaning, etc. Motivation and dependability are essential requirements.

On-campus internships are available on an as-needed basis. Many of our interns are retained from one semester to another and some remain with us through graduation. Often, we will not know which positions may be required until near the beginning of the semester and not all programs need interns every semester. Applications may be submitted at any time and consist of:

  • Cover letter stating area(s) of interest and why you would like to intern for the Baker Institute
  • Résumé emphasizing your skill sets
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Transcript

All applications and questions should be directed to Jason Lyons at MS-40 or by email to jelyons@alumni.rice.edu.

Graduate Students

The Science and Technology Policy Program offers unpaid internship opportunities to graduate students in the Houston area. Graduate interns assist fellows and program staff in the publication of research publications, policy reports and conference proceedings, as well as gain valuable experience hosting events and representing the Baker Institute to our sponsors. For more information, please email the Science and Technology Program.