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  1. "Research Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great seminars and opportunities to meet and work with the scholars.

    Cons

    I have no cons related to working for Cato!


  2. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Media Relations Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Media Relations Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Cato Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot as an intern at the Cato Institute. All of the scholars were so knowledgeable, and Mark and Katy and are awesome!

    Cons

    Some of the people working in Media Department are rude

  3. "Research Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Cato Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Terrific jobs program, that teaches students/workers plenty about the tenets of libertarianism.

    Cons

    At times, it feels like the work schedule is TOO BIG and you as an intern don't have enough time to work for the scholar you've been assigned to.


  4. "Intern Review"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cato Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great structured educational program to learn about the origins of libertarian thought.
    Diverse range of opinions and policies.
    The intern office fosters friendships with like minded individuals.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of chance that you will be hired on after the program.
    Your workload is heavily dependent on your scholar.

    Advice to Management

    Have educational seminars in the afternoon, it interrupts workflow much less.
    Have the intern coordinators facilitate a meeting with an interns scholar so that all three parties are on the same page.


  5. "Awesome internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great coworkers and good research experience

    Cons

    None. It's a great place with great people


  6. "Research Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great connections, fun environment, and amazing co workers.

    Cons

    Low pay does not mix well with DC

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay to minimum wage.


  7. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cato Institute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, can learn a lot. Subject matter is interesting and dynamic. Few other opportunities give you the same sense of purpose, at least for me.

    Cons

    Surprising amount of bureaucracy. Much of the experience depends on which department you are in. Pay is low, even compared to other research institutions.

  8. "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cato Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cato is a great organization and has a staff

    Cons

    no cons about this institution

    Advice to Management

    Great intern program


  9. "Loved working here"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment at the Cato Institute was very healthy and friendly. The scholars were a pleasure to work for and I felt I was able to develop my professional skills throughout the entirety of my internship.

    Cons

    The only Con was having to live in DC on the low monthly stipend, but the $500/month is still more than most policy internships offer.


  10. "Best Employer I've Ever Had"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
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    I have been working at Cato Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Cato Institute has been easily been the employer I've had the pleasure to work under so far. Brilliant scholars, friendly, sociable staff, and everyone is really passionate about what they do. Never a day passes where I don't have a stimulating and thoughtful conversation with my colleagues.

    Cons

    Work is mostly rigid for support staff, so it's not a great place to grow as a professional. If you aren't already at the top of career as a policy scholar, you'll probably have to find a new employer if you want to move up in your field.


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