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The Baker Institute intern program offers Rice undergraduates paid internships for up to 10 hours per week in research or administration. Research interns work directly with institute fellows and scholars on 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 as well as administrative office work including staffing events, copying, filing, maintaining office supplies, 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

Send your application in one email to Christine Pfeffer at Please do not submit letters of recommendation separately. Everything should be submitted in one email.

If you're specifically interested in an internship with the Center for the U.S. and Mexico, click here for more information. In addition, the Center for Health and Biosciences partners with Houston nonprofit EMERGE to train and mentor college students from underserved communities. Click here for more information or contact the center directly.

Still have questions on how to apply? Check out our list of frequently asked questions

Graduate Students

A number of Baker Institute centers and programs offer paid and unpaid internships to graduate students in the Houston area. Graduate interns gain valuable experience assisting fellows and scholars with researching and writing policy reports and other publications. For more information, contact the center administrators directly:

Center for Energy Studies - Melissa Vossler, center administrator
Center for Health and Biosciences - Kaitlin May, center administrator
Center for the U.S. and Mexico - Lisa Guáqueta, center administrator
Domestic Health Policy Program - Brenda Laymance, administrator, health economics
Science and Technology Policy Program - Daniel Moralí, research associate