Want to gain valuable work experience and learn about important issues facing the world, our country, our state, and our local communities? Check out Jim’s intern program for opportunities available in the Nashville and Washington, DC offices.

Internships are highly competitive. The majority of those selected are from Middle Tennessee, but in order to create a more vibrant environment for discussion and debate, we also accept students from all over the state, the U.S., and occasionally from abroad. The Cooper internship is well-known and unique. Work is rigorous, but fun, and includes daily reading and writing assignments, as well as weekly personal interaction with Jim. Applicants are chosen based on academic performance and writing samples. We do not ask applicants for their political affiliation. We strive to develop good citizens and leaders of all political persuasions.

Fall Session Dates:
​September 8th - November 26th 

Application Deadline: Fall Session 2020: July 20th, 2020
Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Who is Eligible?
Individuals, regardless of nationality, who are currently enrolled in or have graduated from a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school.

How do I apply?
Submit a completed application along with a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation by the deadline to the intern coordinators. You may find the application below. 

Are any of the internships paid?
In the era of COVID-19, the answer is "maybe." We only offer paid internships when it is safe to work in the DC or the Nashville office. In other words, there is no “Zoom” paid internship.

Typically, we offer both full-time, paid and unpaid, internships in the summer months when demand for positions is high, but resources are limited. These paid internships are based on financial need. The summer program is curated with lectures, tours, and daily writing assignments from Jim. Interns support the work of the staff, but do not replace the work of the staff. The total stipend for the paid internship is $2,000 for a six week session.

In the Fall and Spring, we typically offer paid, part-time internships at a rate of $15/hour. This program is not curated and there are few written assignments. Interns often replace the work of some of the paid staff, by answering phones, and assisting with ongoing community programs sponsored by Jim’s office. These internships are not based on financial need.

Are there any other resources or scholarships available?
Here is a list of possible sources for you to consider. Remember to start with your school’s counselor who might have the best ideas!

Ready to apply? Click here to access to application.

E-mail one of our intern coordinators.
Cheryl Mayes (Nashville)
Maria Amalla (DC)


Fall Session 2020 (September-November): July 20, 2020 

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.