External Affairs Coordinator

The Cato Institute seeks an External Affairs Coordinator to support outreach to coalitions groups and Capitol Hill.

This position will provide support to the Director of External Affairs and Director of Congressional Affairs by assisting with targeted outreach campaigns; coordinating publication distribution and updating contact lists; coordinating conference details; supervising department’s interns, and overseeing some administrative duties. Coordinator will assist in planning Cato briefings on Capitol Hill as well as attending other briefings, policy meetings, and national conferences. Ideal candidate will have strong working knowledge of Capitol Hill and nonprofit sectors, and a desire to network regularly with peer groups. Some travel required.

Four-year degree in political science, communications or related field and 1-2 years experience preferrable. Must be detailed-oriented, possess strong written and interpersonal skills, and have a dedicated interest in the political process. Familiarity with free-market policies a plus. Salary commensurate with experience. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Heather Curry, Director of External Affairs: hcurry [at] cato.org.

Policy Analyst, Digital Money and Finance

The Cato Institute seeks a policy analyst to address the monetary and financial regulatory policy implications of ongoing developments in internet and electronic payments technology. The analyst will be expected to produce, solicit, edit, and promote policy research on issues concerning  digital currencies, electronic (including mobile) payments, and money laundering and terror finance regulations that may either hinder or promote the continued development of these and other non-bank payment technologies.

The position requires superior research, writing, and communication skills. A Ph.D. in economics is preferred. A background in information technology would also be preferred. A minimum of three years relevant work experience is required. Compensation will be commensurate with ability and experience.

Qualified applicants should send their resume, cover letter, references, and writing samples with the subject line “Application: Digital Money and Finance Policy Analyst” to:

Lydia Mashburn
Manager, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: lmashburn [at] cato.org

Senior Major Gift Officer

The Cato Institute seeks senior major gift officer with at least five years of successful fundraising or equivalent sales experience. This is a tremendous opportunity to join a dynamic and high-achieving development team as it works to grow Cato’s $25+ million annual budget.

The senior major gift officer will own a portfolio of major donors and drive an individual strategy for each donor to cultivate and solicit support. The successful candidate will have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong writing capability, the ability to balance shifting and competing priorities, the capacity to adjust strategies and tactics quickly in response to new information, the discipline to keep meticulous records, and a willingness to travel extensively.

Candidates must have a strong affinity for public policy and Cato’s mission. Knowledge of “moves management” is a plus.

The senior major gift officer will be based in Washington, DC. Cato will also consider a regional office for the right candidate.

Salary will be competitive for a senior-level nonprofit position in the Washington, DC, area and commensurate with experience. Compensation package will include incentives for hitting fundraising targets.

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter describing: a) your alignment with Cato’s mission, and b) your salary requirements
  • A development/sales oriented writing sample

Materials should be emailed to Claire Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire [at] talentmarket.org. All materials should be sent in one PDF file.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

Legal Academic Writing Workshop

Cato believes that young lawyers’ writing about ideas, theory, and policy doesn’t need to end with law-school graduation – and shouldn’t be the sole province of law professors. We also know how hard it is to produce high-quality scholarship outside of an academic setting, especially for first-time authors. Accordingly, starting November 2013 Cato is hosting a Legal Academic Writing Workshop to encourage the efforts of up-and-coming legal scholars (whether you intend to become a professor or not).

The LAW Workshop is a colloquium that brings together young legal professionals interested in scholarly writing. Every other week at Cato’s offices, the group meets to discuss and offer feedback on one participant’s pre-circulated draft article or working paper. This isn’t a “legal research and writing” course or a lecture series featuring Cato’s fellows and scholars but a way for recent graduates to stay connected to the scholarly community and their peers, while getting valuable feedback and input on their scholarly projects. Because of limited space, attendance is by application and invitation only. If you’re interested in joining, please email Cato legal associate Gabriel Latner at glatner [at] cato.org, attaching your resume and a short description of an article you’re writing (or would like to write).

Legal Associate Program

The Cato Institute invites graduating law students and recent law school graduates to work at our Center for Constitutional Studies for up to a year, starting after the bar exam. This is an opportunity to assist with projects ranging from Supreme Court amicus briefs to policy papers, the Cato Supreme Court Review, and more. Compensation commensurate with ability and experience may be available, but applicants are also encouraged to apply for funding through their law schools and other organizations.

Interested students and graduates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample, along with any specific details of their circumstances (availability, whether your law school will fund you for a certain time, etc.), to Anthony Gruzdis, agruzdis [at] cato.org. This is a highly competitive program, so to maximize your chances of working with us, please also apply to our internship program (see below for short description and application instructions). Legal associates accepted through our internship program receive double the standard intern stipend and are responsible for all normal intern duties on top of assignments for the Center for Constitutional Studies.

Anthony Gruzdis
Center for Constitutional Studies
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
email: agruzdis [at] cato.org


The Cato Institute is seeking interns for the summer, fall and spring terms. Responsibilities include research assistance to Cato’s policy directors, assisting at Cato events, some clerical chores, attendance at Cato events, and weekly seminars and readings. Candidates should be undergraduates, regardless of major, recent graduates, or graduate students who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, private property, free markets, peace, toleration, and limited government. The monthly stipend is $700 paid in two monthly installments. Information on the program is available online. If you require additional information, please e-mail intern [at] cato.org.

[ For additional information on employment opportunities with free market organizations, see job banks at Institute for Humane Studies.]

Cato Calls for Papers

The Cato Institute seeks papers and proposals on a wide range of policy issues. The Institute’s publications include books, the Cato Journal, Regulation Magazine, Cato Policy Report, and the Policy Analysis, Briefing Papers, Foreign Policy Briefings, and Social Security Choice series. A review of the documents at www.cato.org should give you an idea of the subjects that interest us and the style and tone appropriate for policy studies.

Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced, preferably in 12-pitch or pica, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Leave extra space around the title and byline. Margins on all four sides of the page should be at least 1 inch.

Notes should be done per the Chicago Manual of Style (Style A). They may be typed at the bottom of each page or preferably at the end of the manuscript. Notes should be double-spaced.

Please send hard copy: At this time, Cato does not accept submissions by fax or email. Manuscripts will be returned if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is enclosed.

Send proposals or papers to Submissions Editor, Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20001.