The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program was founded in 2010 by a group of Yale undergraduates under the guidance of Professor Donald Kagan. The program officially launched in the spring semester of 2011. Our mission is to provide a forum for intellectual diversity at Yale. We believe that ideas have consequences and that genuine intellectual diversity is essential for advancing critical inquiry and avoiding ideological complacency.
The Buckley Program offers: a dynamic speaker series, funded summer internships for undergraduate students, the Rosenkranz Debate series, daylong workshops and seminars, and a community service wing.
Some of our guests to campus have included Dr. Henry Kissinger, U.S. Senators, and professors from many of our peer institutions. We have sent students on subsidized trips to conferences in Washington D.C. and publish an annual essay contest.
Funded Summer Internships
This highly competitive summer internship program links talented Yale students with enriching summer opportunities. We’ve sponsored Yale students at National Review, the Manhattan Institute, Gingrich Productions, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, National Review Institute, The New Criterion, The American Spectator, and Forbes Opinion.
Thanks to our donors, the Buckley Program is able to provide our interns with a $4,000 living stipend, making this experience affordable to students of all backgrounds. As part of our partnership with Yale’s Office of Career Strategy, students can apply to the internships through the Symplicity website.