Check Out These Summer Opportunities to Learn about Ayn Rand’s Ideas

At The Undercurrent, we aim to provide analysis of current and political and cultural controversies from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of reason, individualism, and laissez-faire capitalism, which she called “Objectivism.” Consequently, we are always enthusiastic to share news of opportunities to learn more about the Objectivist ideas that inform our editorial perspective, especially opportunities for students. We’d like to pass along news of two great summer opportunities for students interested in learning more about Ayn Rand and her ideas.

The first is the summer internship offered by the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, CA. Here are the main features of the June program, according to ARI:

This unique three-week program combines an educational curriculum exploring Rand’s novels, philosophy, and the applications of Rand’s ideas to the world today with a traditional internship in a professional workplace. This year’s program will bring up to 30 college students and recent graduates from a range of disciplines, backgrounds, and viewpoints to ARI’s main office in Irvine, a small city centrally located in Orange County in sunny Southern California. To assist with living and travel arrangements, all ARI interns receive a $1200 scholarship and $500 travel stipend.

The deadline for applications is April 1st. Read more about how to apply here.

The second is the sixth annual summer conference on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and the Moral Foundations of Capitalism, hosted by the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism at Clemson University in South Carolina:

Students will participate in an intensive and exciting program exploring the moral foundations of capitalism and Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. Students will attend lectures, participate in small-group seminar-style discussions, and question and answer sessions. Outside of class, students can relax and socialize on Clemson’s campus. Evening activities will include a barbecue dinner, a meet and greet with the faculty, and a career advice discussion. . . . All admitted students will receive a full scholarship, including reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. All housing and meals will be provided on the campus of Clemson University, and reading materials will be provided.

The Clemson deadline is March 1st, so apply soon.

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