Intern: Future of Capitalism Program (Summer 2023)

What We Do:
The mission of the Berggruen Institute is to ask questions and develop foundational ideas about how to reshape political and social institutions in a transforming society. We work across cultures, disciplines, and political boundaries to engage great thinkers in developing and promoting long-term answers to the biggest challenges of the 21st Century.

Our Values:
Respect the human dignity of all
Cultivate future-oriented solutions
Inquire with an open mind
Build a collaborative environment
Invest in people and relationships

Our Future of Capitalism Program has a Summer internship opportunity. This is a paid internship at a range of $18 – $20 per hour and will go for 12 weeks starting in late May 2023. The internship may require some in-office work in our downtown Los Angeles offices, but we also will consider remote candidates. The internship will be between 10-15 hours per week.

The internship is a wonderful opportunity for anyone wanting to be exposed to innovative ideas and research. The Future of Capitalism program partners with premier research and policy institutions and organizations such as the RAND Corporation, Employ America, ClimateWorks, UC Berkeley’s Social Science Matrix, and the Georgetown Center for Retirement Initiatives. The Future of Capitalism Program currently works in four areas: pre-distribution, green energy in California, urban procurement, and economic coordination.

The intern would be supporting our work bringing together academics, policymakers and researchers, and industry from a wide range of disciplines to study a variety of economic problems including industrial policy and inequality. The intern would have the opportunity to study relevant program curricula under the supervision of the program director and manager. This internship is a match for anyone who is interested in gaining more experience in project management tools and methodologies, research, working with scholars and learning/being exposed to a variety of topics in economics, economic history and economic sociology.  An exceptional candidate would be considered for an additional period and have an opportunity to contribute to future projects relevant to a number of policymakers.


  • Assist in organizing programs and events
  • Assist in drafting event promotion documents and agendas
  • Coordinate working group lunches
  • Take notes during meeting(s)
  • Provide research support to Program Director and Program Manager
  • Provide project management support for Future of Capitalism Projects such as timelines, updates, and resourcing of projects


  • A self-starter who can multi-task, take initiative and problem solve
  • Has extensive computer skills (Microsoft Office a must), impeccable phone etiquette and people skills
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Either third or fourth year in the bachelor’s program
  • Best for students in environmental studies, history, economics, political economy, political science, international relations, or related fields.

Please email cover letter and resume to No phone calls please.

Berggruen Institute is a proud equal opportunities workplace. We firmly believe employing a diverse workforce is important regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Berggruen Institute is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.