What is Project Arizona?

Project Arizona is a semester-long program for young, outstanding leaders of the global freedom change. In Phoenix, these international talents conduct meaningful internships, academic seminar at ASU, and fruitful networking. They gain a thorough understanding of the ideas of liberty and how to implement them when they return to their communities.

Project Arizona Class of 2020 will be held between January 3rd – March 23rd, 2020 which is around 12 weeks. You can send your application here until 10th of September, 2019.

(You are free to send your application after the deadline. However, it will not be reviewed until the recruitment for the next edition of Project Arizona, at which point it will be reviewed as normal and you will be notified of the results.)

If you are looking for inspiration and experience in working for freedom — this project is for you!

Project Arizona consists of 4 major pillars:

1. Internships

With Project Arizona, you are guaranteed an internship with leading state policy group, attorney office, media outlet or museum. Our concern is to match your candidacy with your internship provider. Thus you can be assured that your internship will benefit your career and strengthen your position on the market.
Internship providers represent broad spectrum of businesses but all of them provide high-quality and meaningful training. Internships are usually part-time and last three months. You can read more about our internship providers HERE

2. Education

Education is a very important part of Project Arizona. We want students to better understand the history of the place (United States of America) and learn the mechanisms of free market economy that made it prosperous. There are two major elements of the educational plan that Project Arizona offers:
– Weekly participation in three classes of American History and Political Philosophy offered by Arizona State University Center for Political Thought and Leadership (ASU CPTL)
– Designed specifically for Project Arizona: 3-day long Seminar on Free Market Economics and practical implementation of the freedom philosophy. The Seminar is co-sponsored by ASU CPTL, Center for Study of Economic Liberty and the Language of Liberty Institute.

3. Networking

During Project Arizona we will be participating in many events, meetings and conferences - all of them are a great opportunity for networking. In the past we had a chance to meet David Friedman (economist), Lawrence Reed (Foundation for Economic Education), Ron Paul (Congressman), Arthur Brooks (Entreprise Institute), Darcy Olsen (Generation Justice), Christina Sandefur (Goldwater Institute) and many more! We also organize our own events — networking meetings and a fundraiser.

4. Volunteering

We believe that living in a community means trying to understand local problems and engage in their solution. That is why we join forces with existing community service providers, particularly the ones who understand the importance of liberty. In the past we cooperated with Americans for Prosperity AZ and Generation Opportunity. We plan to engage our students to volunteer a few hours a month for their civic activities. From our point of view it is very important to engage our students in such activities, proving that charity can flourish in a free society and exposing them to the culture of compassion.

We also have one additional pillar: Fun & Travel!

Phoenix is a fun city by itself, but living three month in American South West is a perfect opportunity to explore much more. Especially that Arizona and the surrounding states truly have much to offer. In order to make your stay as exciting as possible, we offer our students participation in a number of different weekend activities. Among them:

– Day-tours to natural wonders such as: Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon (Sedona), Tortilla Flat, Bisbee;
– Hiking different mountains in central Arizona, ex. Superstition Mountains, Camelback, Piestewa Peak, South Mountains;
– Shooting classes with a professional trainer.

We will offer you complete tours which include transportation and guidance. These tours will be extra paid, but their price will be significantly lower than the standard market price. And they will be so much fun!

Special Offer: Post-Project Arizona Trip to Washington DC

In 2020 we would like to offer our students something extraordinary. It will be a few days long trip to Washington DC. Thanks to the invitation from FreedomWorks, we are going to see the famous spots of the capital of the United States. We are also going to visit several of many free market institutions located in the city.

The trip will take place around March 23rd – March 30th (exact dates subject to change), after the official program is finished. It will be completely voluntary (we don't treat trips as condition of participation in Project Arizona) and its cost will be announced based on the number of participants. It will be a great trip to conclude Project Arizona!

How much does it cost?

The total cost of participating in Project Arizona for one participant is $6500. However, a part of that can be covered by our scholarship (depending on the strength of your application) and your own fundraising effort (which is one of the stages of the application). Usually our participants pledge to pay around $2000–$2500 out of their own pockets, though it is not a rule. The cost of participation doesn't include the final trip and other leisure activities.

To find out more about the application process and see if Project Arizona is for you, click HERE.

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