The Alcuin Internship

Preparing Young Americans for the Long March

Each summer Charlemagne Institute hosts an exceptional group of college students and recent graduates for an internship experience focusing on writing, study, mentorship, and professional development. The 2020 Alcuin Internship is a full-time, paid program that runs from June 8 to August 14

What do the interns do?

The 10-week program begins with the 5-day Intellectual Bootcamp followed by weekly seminars with thought-leaders from around the country, focusing on the roots of the Western intellectual tradition. Past seminars include:

  • Greece, Rome, and Christianity in the Roman Empire
  • Emperor Charlemagne, the Carolingian Renaissance, and the Crusades
  • The Renaissance and Reformation
  • The French Revolution and the American founding
  • The history of Conservatism focusing on three critical thinkers: Friedrich Hayek, James Burnham, and Russell Kirk
  • Marxism, Secularism, and other philosophies influencing American culture

In addition to powerful intellectual formation, the Alcuin Internship provides opportunities for mentorship in journalistic research and writing with our Intellectual Takeout editorial staff. Select interns will have the opportunity to write for a national audience of over 10 million unique readers. We also offer training in business etiquette, networking, and growth opportunities in support of a thriving nonprofit. Excursions outside the office include organized tours of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Museum of Russian Art, the Cathedral of St. Paul, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the James J. Hill House to experience firsthand the robust cultural heritage of the West.

What is the origin of the name?

The Alcuin Internship is named after Charlemagne’s lieutenant, Alcuin of York. Historians generally agree that 800 A.D., when Charlemagne was crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, marks the end of the Dark Age and the beginning of Christendom and an enlightened West that would become the greatest civilization ever known. At the request of Charlemagne, Alcuin of York led the charge to bring about a renaissance in learning and wisdom.

What is the Long March?

Today, those who control the levers of power in American culture have largely rejected our Judeo-Christian heritage. In education, media, business, and government, we are witnessing the vast promotion of postmodernism, globalism, and cultural Marxism. In response to this cultural crisis, Charlemagne Institute created the Alcuin Internship to raise up the next generation of young Americans who will join us on the long march to reclaim those institutions and our Republic.

The 2019 Alcuin Interns

Testimonials from the Interns

  • My time here has most definitely affected my views on society, culture and values. Our discussions and research made me more confident in the convictions I hold and stretched me to be intellectually honest and consistent.  – Rosalinda R. (2018)

  • Interacting with a variety of people, all of whom offered different viewpoints, provoked me to dig deeper into my own beliefs and ask myself questions which had never crossed my mind before. Also, the practical career advice from all the higher ups provided much-needed insight about encountering the real world outside the college’s cocoon. – Jack R. (2019)

  • Interning at Charlemagne Institute has thoroughly enriched my views of society. Instead of offering only oppressive viewpoints, Charlemagne proclaimed hope. Instead of a dismal and cynical view of history, Charlemagne has given me the optics of logic and strength. I wish every single one of my peers could be exposed to a rich intellectual heritage that Charlemagne aims to promote. – John L. (2019)

  • I definitely have a more optimistic view for the future than I did before. The work is hard, and I think I went in with a mindset more like Dreher’s in The Benedict Option. But the fellowship has changed that--I am more hopeful that we are able to make a real impact on society and culture. I also have a greater understanding of the events and ideas that have brought us to the current state of things, and with that perspective, an understanding that while society may be in bad shape right now, it’s not the end. And the discussions that we’ve had, both in the ideas seminars and generally around the office--have had a great impact on my political views and ideas of human beings. – Abigail H. (2018)


  • The Alcuin Internship is a paid, full-time program that begins Monday, June 8 and concludes Friday, August 14. Participants must be able to work regular business hours at the Charlemagne Institute office in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Schedule conflicts will be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Participants must be enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an undergraduate university, and able to work regular business hours at Charlemagne’s headquarters. Upperclassmen are preferred. 
  • Assistance with travel and local housing is available for non-local residents. 
  • An Alcuin intern must be committed to the values and ideas of the Western intellectual tradition; maintain a high level of integrity; and be teachable and proactive in intellectual and professional development.

How to Apply

If you are considering a life devoted to the long march through the institutions, then the Alcuin Internship may be an excellent opportunity for you! 

Email your completed application to

Your application must include:

  1. Cover letter: Please include why you are applying for the internship.
  2. A résumé with education and work history.
  3. One letter of recommendation regarding your character and/or intellect from clergy, a professor or other superior.
  4. One writing sample of 500-700 words.  Extra notice will be taken of those samples written in the style of  Intellectual Takeout.  (Hint: Studying articles under “Greatest Hits” on the Intellectual Takeout website will be helpful.)
  5. An additional writing sample of any length, in any format of your choice: newspaper article, blog post, magazine article, school paper, or an article written for this application.
  6. Answer the following three essay questions: (Please limit your answers to 350 words per question) 

  • Which five persons and/or books have been your important intellectual influences? (Please do not list friends, family members or coaches.)  
  • What is the greatest threat to Western Civilization and how can it best be countered?  
  • What is the relationship between freedom of religion and freedom of commerce?

We look forward to hearing from you!

Application Deadline: April 8, 2020