Savas Family Fund Internship Program

The Savas Family Fund Internship Program is an opportunity for interns to engage with philosophical ideas, advance your professional skills and learn more about our classical liberal tradition. Over 10 weeks, interns will work with their supervisor to provide hands on support to the organization. IHS interns will contribute to the mission of making higher education a place where classical liberal ideas are regularly taught, discussed, challenged, and developed, and where free speech, intellectual diversity, and open inquiry flourish. By interning in the program, you will gain both intellectual and professional development.


  • Program Start: June 2020 (exact dates tbd)
  • Program End: August 2020 (exact dates tbd)

What to Expect

  • Bi-weekly reading discussions
  • Guest speaker lectures
  • Professional Development workshops
  • Paid internship

Summer Internship applications are now open.

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More about Dr. E.S. Savas

Dr. E. S. “Steve” Savas

Privatization has improved the lives of billions of people around the world, improving the quality of services and saving countless billions in government spending. This movement was pioneered by Dr. E.S. Savas. The New York Times has referred to him as the “founder” and the “Captain of Privatization.” He was a finalist for the prestigious World Achievement Award sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers “because of his profound impact leading the privatization movement across the globe.” He stands out because he brings a powerful blend of practical real-world experience and thought leadership based on over 50 years of important work.

Dr. Savas’ work on privatization began in 1969 as First Deputy City Administrator of New York City. He concluded that a principal cause of inefficiency in public services was the monopoly nature of the work. He argued for deliberately introducing competition between public agencies and the private sector in order to end unnecessary government monopolies and improve public services. His proposal, which was bitterly opposed, initiated the privatization movement. Later he served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Reagan. His many achievements in that role include successfully advocating for using housing vouchers, a form of privatization, for low-income households instead of building more public housing projects.

Dr. Savas began his academic career at Columbia University in the early 1970s, and most recently was a Presidential Professor at Baruch College of the City University of New York. His first article (of a career total 123) appeared in 1971. He led a National Science Foundation study that became the cornerstone of the field and stimulated research around the world. His first two books on privatization appeared in 1977. His 8 books on the subject (and 15 total books) have been published in 22 foreign editions. He has advised and lectured throughout the United States and the world, in a total of 55 countries. He has consulted with leaders around the world from the governments of Lech Walsea in Poland, Secretary Gorbachv in Russia, Prime Minister Ralis in Greece, Crown Prince el Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, President Babaginda of Nigeria, Prime Minister Mara of Fiji, and Acting Prime Minister Indzhova of Bulgaria.

Textbooks list his work as one of the 34 highlights in the history of public administration, along with the work of Plato, Machiavelli, Adam Smith, James Madison, Max Weber, and Woodrow Wilson. He is also named one of the twelve great contributors to public administration in the Twentieth Century, with Herbert Simon, Peter Drucker, and Aaron Wildavsky.

His work on privatization has been crucial to the revival of our cities and states, and should remain a major resource for reformers of public governance for generations to come.


“The Institute for Humane Studies Internship offered me a unique experience filled with development and professional growth not found in other organizations. The culture of IHS places confidence in participants by offering challenges, training, and workshops that made me perform as if I was a full time staff member”

– Christopher Grover, Savas Family Fund Internship Program 2017. Currently Program Operations Coordinator at IHS.