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We are looking for motivated individuals to work in a dynamic and professional setting. Your work will consist of facilitating and mentoring our high school-level Student Leadership Program (SLP) participants, as they develop the necessary skills for creating lasting change in their communities. Hailing from many different states, student participants will partake in one of our three SLP options: the onsite day program held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the overnight camp stationed at Pepperdine University’s campus, or our virtual program. Your role as an intern is to provide guiding influence for their projects while simultaneously serving as a peer advisor, to support them through their learning. Qualified interns are expected to exhibit a passion for leadership, and demonstrate proficient communication skills.


Job Duties

Our interns’ primary responsibility will be to help facilitate the Student Leadership Program. However, they will also assist in Foundation events, initiatives, and projects. Through their work, interns will have the opportunity to meet and connect with various organizational departments, while experiencing the ins and outs of a world class non-profit. These include, but are not limited to: Education, Events, Marketing, Development,  IT, and Administration.

Daily tasks:

  • Using existing curriculum to facilitate leadership lessons for high-school age students
  • Leading engaging and interactive activities
  • Providing advice, feedback, and guidance to students regarding their community projects
  • Living on campus with students during the overnight program and providing supervision
  • Assisting with Foundation events, including check-in, setup, greeting, clean up, and other duties
  • Assisting with various special projects as assigned.

General Requirements and Compensation

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older 
  • Show proof of full-time college enrollment at an accredited 2 or 4-year university program
  • Have completed 1 college semester (graduating high school seniors with college credit do not qualify)
  • Demonstrate experience with Zoom and Google.
  • Complete the application form.

To advance through the application process, applicants must:

  • Clear a Ronald Reagan Foundation-run background check 
  • Agree to work approximately 25 hours per week (Monday-Friday) between June 13 and August 12
  • Maintain a professional appearance and correspondence manner
  • Be self-motivated and capable of working independently


  • $16.50/hour
  • Make new friends and expand your professional network
  • Further develop your passion for leadership and communication
  • Partial housing allowance 
  • Some meals provided


Important 2021 Dates

  • February 1: Internship application period opens
  • February 28: Internship application period closes 
  • March 11-31: Interviews are contacted and scheduled for interviews 
  • April-May: Interns are notified of their acceptance and placement
  • June 13-17: Mandatory Intern training
  • June 20-June 24: SLP Day Program
  • June 26-July 3: SLP Overnight Camp
  • July 10-17:  SLP Overnight Camp
  • July 25-29: SLP Day Program
  • August 1-5: SLP Day Program
  • August 8-12: SLP Virtual Program
  • August 12: End of internship

Sam Ferguson
2021 Intern

" Interning at The Reagan Institute was the perfect opportunity to start my professional career. The program facilitates an environment where you are challenged, supported, and valued. I had an amazing experience learning with my fellow interns and have already used many of the valuable skills I learned towards becoming an attorney. Best of all, it's a ton of fun."

Lauren Hehr
2021 Intern

“The internship at the Ronald Reagan Foundation was an exceptional opportunity that provided professional guidance from the extremely supportive staff to develop my skills as a program facilitator and leader. Working in the beautiful Reagan Library while mentoring brilliant and highly engaged students to create an impact in their communities was a rewarding experience that I will cherish. The friendships I made with the staff, other interns, and student leaders will extend far beyond the summer internship. I am so grateful to have had this once in a lifetime opportunity.”