Palmetto Promise Institute Internship Program

This program is designed to provide young individuals with the opportunity to learn about state policy development and to gain hands-on experience working on policy research, legislative analysis, and communications. Palmetto Promise Institute is located adjacent to the University of South Carolina and just blocks from the South Carolina statehouse, providing an ideal setting for this program. Applications for the 2023 program are now open for both college and high school students.

Program Description

The internship program at the Palmetto Promise Institute provides opportunities for young individuals to work alongside policy researches and analysts. Interns participate in policy research and analysis projects, gain exposure to the policy development process, and learn to communicate policy issues effectively. Participants also have the opportunity to attend hearings of the state legislature, further enhancing their understanding of the policy development process.

Past Internship Success Stories

Adam Crain, Wofford graduate, served as a Research Intern (2016-2019). Adam was named a John Jay Fellow and graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School. He is now employed with a Columbia, SC law firm and has written amicus briefs for non-profit organizations

Lawson Marshall (2019-2022) was quickly promoted from Policy Intern to Content Manager. He is in the final weeks of his studies at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He will graduate with a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree and plans to continue working in public policy.

Our Mission

We endeavor to use our experience, knowledge, and access to help train the next generation of leaders like these that will have a positive impact in their local communities, the state of South Carolina, and beyond.


We are now taking applications for summer 2023 and fall 2023 interns on a rolling basis. Remote and in person positions are available and open to both college students and talented high schoolers. To apply, email a copy of your resume, unofficial transcript, and two writing samples to: