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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cato Institute (Washington, DC).


    I met some reps at a job fair and I was invited to come in for an interview as a recent graduate. The interview was very strange, with one guy remaining behind me the whole time intermittently checking his phone and weighing in on the conversation. Pretty standard for a think tank interview. First question: What does being a libertarian mean to you? As a recent grad, I asked about salary and was at first told it was sufficient to support myself. After pressing, however, they admitted it was only 700$ a month, but assured me they had one intern at least who made that work without help from his parents by taking the night shifts at the hostel where he lived after working a full time day for Cato. I almost laughed.

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    700$ a month as a recent grad supporting myself in DC? Nope.

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The Cato Institute is a not-for-profit public policy research foundation that provides opinions and analysis in such areas as constitutional law, national security, civil liberties, and international trade. It publishes periodicals, books, and policy reports. The think tank has libertarian leanings, favoring limited government and free markets; its name comes from an 18th-century series of libertarian pamphlets that contributed to the philosophical arguments in favor of the American Revolution. Cato, which accepts no government funding, gets about 75% of its funding from ... More

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