Intern at Reason This Summer!


Reason is now accepting applications for the summer 2010 Burton C. Gray Memorial Internship. The intern works 10 weeks in our Washington, D.C. office, beginning June 2010, and receives a $5,000 stipend.

The job includes reporting and writing for Reason and, and helping with research, proofreading, and other tasks. Previous interns have gone on to work at such places as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ABC News, and Reason itself.

To apply, send your résumé, up to five writing samples (preferably published clips), and a cover letter to:

Gray Internship
1747 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Electronic applications can be sent to, with the subject line: Gray Internship Application.

The deadline for applications is March 26, 2010.

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  1. I am telling my friend Erica Silverman to apply for this. She spent years as the only western reporter in the occupied territories. She is a great writer and has balls of steal. You guys would love her.

    1. Might want to check the application deadline however. Everyone will be late!

      1. Reason is so last year.

      2. Since everyone who workes there gets the title of “editor”, I think they’re looking for someone with editorial skills.

        Seriously, though, whatever happened to “writers”?

  2. I promise that I’ll do a good job. I mean really. LOL


    1. Only 4 more writing samples to go, Johnny Mac!

    2. Be sure to mention you’re gay. If you’re also an illegal immigrant, that’s extra street cred, too.

  3. What’s a summer?

    1. It’s that thing you used to have before they introduced year-round schooling in your area. No, wait–you wouldn’t know about that, would you? That was before your time.

      Oh well. Just take my word for it, OK, little whippersnapper?

  4. I recommend all interns that are applying to read a lot about libertarian theories. Then read the NYT and WSJ every day, especially the op-ed pages. Then subtlely use the opinions in WSJ and NYT to undermine libertarian ideas but call in the “true libertarian” way.

  5. Or work for Radley Balko and focus on obvious low level corruption and incompetence issues in the War on Drugs and local police. Never think about talking about Gary Webb or CIA drug trafficking issues unless you bring up the fact that it is normal to shoot your self in the head twice when committing suicide.

    1. Shoes.



      You put the pieces together.

  6. I thought you were outsourcing this job to China?

    1. The Chinese refuse to accept dollars. The Haitian orphans got a better deal living in a refrigerator box at the dump. So Reason has gotten desperate and are now accepting applications from Americans

  7. Fuck what CO says. Get a LaRoucheite.

  8. I told my kid not to consider this position but to strive for something more honorable…child molester or serial killer

  9. Cass Sunstein PDF Paper
    check with Cass Sunstein and you may be able to get another grant added to the 5 grand stipend. Read his paper first, then contact him.

    Those who subscribe to conspiracy theories may create serious risks,
    including risks of violence, and the existence of such theories raises significant
    challenges for policy and law?.the second challenge is to understand how such
    theories might be undermined?
    Our principal claim here involves the potential value of cognitive infiltration of
    extremist groups, designed to introduce informational diversity into such groups?

    Of course some conspiracy theories, under our definition, have turned out to be
    true. The Watergate hotel room used by Democratic National Committee was, in fact,
    bugged by Republican officials, operating at the behest of the White House. In the 1950s,
    the Central Intelligence Agency did, in fact, administer LSD and related drugs under
    Project MKULTRA, in an effort to investigate the possibility of “mind control.”
    Operation Northwoods, a rumored plan by the Department of Defense to simulate acts of
    terrorism and to blame them on Cuba, really was proposed by high-level officials

    Under this account, conspiracy theories are a subset of the large category of false
    beliefs, and also of the somewhat smaller category of beliefs that are both false and
    harmful. Consider, for example, the beliefs that prolonged exposure to sunlight is actually
    healthy and that climate change is neither occurring nor likely to occur. These beliefs are
    (in our view) both false and dangerous, but as stated, they do not depend on, or posit, any
    kind of conspiracy theory.

    What can government do about conspiracy theories? Among the things it can do,
    what should it do? We can readily imagine a series of possible responses. (1)
    Government might ban conspiracy theorizing. (2) Government might impose some kind
    of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories. (3) Government
    might itself engage in counterspeech, marshaling arguments to discredit conspiracy
    theories. (4) Government might formally hire credible private parties to engage in
    counterspeech. (5) Government might engage in informal communication with such
    parties, encouraging them to help. Each instrument has a distinctive set of potential
    effects, or costs and benefits, and each will have a place under imaginable conditions.
    However, our main policy idea is that government should engage in cognitive infiltration
    of the groups that produce conspiracy theories, which involves a mix of (3), (4) and (5).

    Expanding the cast further, one may see the game as
    involving four players: government officials, conspiracy theorists, mass audiences, and
    independent experts ? such as mainstream scientists or the editors of Popular Mechanics
    ? whom government attempts to enlist to give credibility to its rebuttal efforts.
    1-Admission that the government enlisted Popular Mechanics for this service

    1. Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

    2. Hey dude, conspiracy theories don’t exist. Glenn Beck told me so. Then I heard some guy interviewed by Reason tell me so.

      So eat it!

  10. The intern works 10 weeks in our Washington, D.C. office, beginning June 2010, and receives a $5,000 stipend.

    That wouldn’t even cover my bar tab.

  11. You don’t have to be really slick at ancient movie quotes for this do you?

    1. Are you kidding?

    2. Shut the fuck up, Donnie.

  12. the level of douchebaggery exhibited in the comments here is astounding.

    then again, thats not really a big surprise.

    cosmo-you are a bastard. i wish assisted suicide was legal in this country so i could help you take your own life. as it stands, i hope your house is no-knock raided, you’re shot, and rodney balko gets to write some really good shit about how badly the police fucked your civil rights.

    1. Cosmo chant

      Keep the Fed! Money printing works!
      If your against the wars your a conspiracy jerk!

      Trust the government, they have our backs!
      There is no such thing as false flag attacks!

      1. Preston, you want civil rights ignored for unpopular speech? Big surprise! You are a caricature of my caricature of you! Truly funny.

      2. Retard chant:

        I’m a fucking troll
        I don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about

    2. “i wish assisted suicide was legal in this country so i could help you take your own life. as it stands”

      Uh dude wouldn’t you still need to get him to agree to the duocide? if two people are involved it ain’t suicide.

      By the tone of your comment it seems what you are really hoping for is the legalization of homicide? maybe you should sign up to be a cop, I think you fit the bill…your IQ is lower than 100 right?

  13. We had a part time writer that did a great job for us last summer and I suggested that he take a look at this internship opportunity. So if there is a Brian Williams that applies with us as a reference I give him great marks.


  14. So, I have to have published work and I only get $500 a week for doing the same work as other Reason writers? I always thought interns were pimply college kids that got no money and were just there to get coffee. How times have changed…

    1. P.S.: If we don’t have any writing samples or if our writing samples are our own blog, do we even stand a chance?

  15. The intern works 10 weeks in our Washington, D.C. office, beginning June 2010, and receives a $5,000 stipend…

    $500 per week, then taxes and DC area rent? Do they get to eat from the luscious Reason Foundation dumpsters?

  16. Does it matter if I’m 44 and in the Army? And: do I get free drinks at the these cocktail parties you keep having?

  17. P.S.: If we don’t have any writing samples or if our writing samples are our own blog, do we even stand a chance?

    What if our writing samples are the comments here?

    Also, Reason provides health insurance, right?

    1. The gummint provides teh helth inshurances now! Yay, gummint!

  18. How many people usually apply for the internship and when will people be notified if they are accepted?

  19. Trust the government, they have our backs!
    There is no such thing as false flag attacks!

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