American Enterprise Institute

 

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is seeking interns for the Summer 2018 internship term. Internship opportunities are available on both the research and business sides of the think tank. All positions require excellent organizational, research, writing, and computer skills, as well as the ability to multi-task. Responsibilities on the research side include research, writing, editing, and some administrative work. Most of our research positions support more than one scholar, but they are generally grouped by topic. On the business side of the think tank, our conferences, development, communications, and government relations offices all seek interns. 

Summer 2018 intern candidates can apply to work in the following offices:

- Academic Programs

- Accounting

- American History Education

- Asian Economies

- Asian Studies

- Communications--Blogging and New Media

- Communications and Marketing Systems

- Critical Threats Project

- Critical Threats Project--al Qaeda and Affiliates

- Critical Threats Project--Iran

- Critical Threats Project--Communications and Technology

- Defense Planning and the U.S. Global Strategy

- Demographics and Political Economy

- Development

- Digital Strategy--Audience Development

- Digital Strategy--Search Engine Optimization

- Domestic Policy--External Affairs

- Early Childhood Education

- Economic Policy

- Economic Policy--AEI’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance

- Editorial and Publications

- Education Policy

- Executive Office (Arthur Brooks)

- External Affairs

- Foreign and Defense Policy--Middle East Studies and Communications

- Government Relations

- Graphic Design

- Higher Education Policy

- Human Dignity Project

- Information Technology

- International Trade and Finance

- Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies

- Media Relations

- Middle East Studies

- Military Strategy and the U.S. Defense Budget

- Office of Christina Hoff Sommers

- Office of Jonah Goldberg

- Open Source Policy Center

- Poverty Studies

- Program on American Citizenship

- Public Opinion

- Russian Studies

- South Asia Studies

2017 Intern Reflection:

 Prior to coming to AEI for the summer I knew it was an institute that prides itself on the level of academic freedom it affords its scholars top pursue whatever research topics within their fields (or not) that peaks their interest.  What I could not have anticipated is one, the extent to which that mission statement is actually realized and evidenced in the culture here and two, the impact that simply being present in an environment of such unfettered and dedicated scholarship would have on my own level of innovative and inspired thinking.  The culture here is truly unparalleled and unbeatable if you are a person who likes to engage in impassioned yet level-headed political discourse.  Most days my fellow interns (in my same office) and I engage a serious of political and philosophical discussions spawned organically from all of our levels of curiosity about each other’s views.  Although AEI is categorized as a center-right think tank my cohort of interns on the 4th floor is evenly split, 3 conservatives and 3 liberals.  This diversity seems relevant to mention since I know that although we are crimson we are hardly a red student body. 

 In terms of what my day-to-day in the office looks like, there are some distinguishing features of AEI that I would be remiss not to point out.  First, the food.  Every morning from 7:00 am to 10:00 am a breakfast buffet is served on the first floor adjacent to our executive dining room.  Pro-tip: arrive approx. 8:30 if you want the fresh berries, they’re the first to runout and are not re-stocked like the bacon, eggs and other hot items.  Then from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm lunch is served in the same location, and unlike breakfast which is consumed at one’s desk, people congregate either downstairs in the dining room, on the rooftop patio, or at the conference tables located on each floor to eat together.  This seems like a really superficial perk; however, from a fiduciary standpoint it is quite nice to know that 2/3 of your meals will not only be provided for free but will be of a quality way above the attainability of a college student living in a dorm or an apartment.  There is also a cultural element to the meals.  It genuinely makes me excited to go to work in the morning.  I love to sit at my desk in the morning eating my breakfast and reading the most recent op-eds by our scholars detailing the most current events in our world with 1/10 the bias and 10x the insight of a traditional news outlet.  Also, you might get to have lunch with Arthur Brooks or Michael Strain or Charles Murray!

                I am an intern in the Economic Policy department broadly and within the department I work with scholars predominantly focused on tax, healthcare and trade policy.  Currently I am working with 2 scholars who are collecting data to build a gravity trade model for the market of illegal tobacco.  I am collecting various data sets on the locations of production and final destinations of these illicit materials.  Also, I am working on another project intended to ultimately assess the impact of the federal hiring freeze implemented in the January of 2017 on the placement of Economics PhDs from the top programs.  Lastly, I work with a healthcare policy scholar on a rolling basis with his research on HSAs, which if you’ve read the House and Senate healthcare proposals are a big topic right now.  I attend talks and panels for him and write up summaries on the latest policy proposals and opinions regarding HSAs from various experts around D.C.  I want to mention one more amazing benefit of AEI: they hold a ton of conferences on-site in their auditorium and you can attend all of them even if the topic is not related to the department that you work for.

Emily Hume '19 

In my time at the American Enterprise Institute, I have been lucky to be able to engage with many groundbreaking policy scholars as well as work on, and make real contributions to, original research. The scholars here have been welcoming and incredibly informative, helping to educate all interns not only on the issues they study in their work, but also in working in research organizations. I have been privileged to attend events featuring prominent political figures such as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Newt Gingrich, as well as events that brought new perspectives and depth to many interesting policy issues, such as healthcare, education, and trade. These have been instrumental in shaping my views and further informing debates that continue to see and participate in.

The work here has also been engaging and diverse. I work directly for a well-known policy scholar doing longitudinal research, including database creation and cleaning, and analytics. During down-time, I have conducted top-level research for a public opinion scholar, aggregating data and compiling it for publication, as well as helped the company organize its archives in preparation for renovation of its library. The company environment is stimulating—each space is saturated with intelligent people working on important research in pervasive policy areas. Each of them (interns, assistants, and scholars alike) is incredibly dedicated to the work they do and are always enthused to talk with interns (when they're not testifying on the hill or meeting with elected officials). Working at AEI has educated me not only in data and research, but also in policy, people skills, and hard work. I highly recommend this opportunity to any and all looking to gain invaluable work experience while fortifying your political skills and knowledge.

Peter Wright '19

2016 Intern Reflection:

In my time at the American Enterprise Institute, I have been lucky to be able to engage with many groundbreaking policy scholars as well as work on, and make real contributions to, original research. The scholars here have been welcoming and incredibly informative, helping to educate all interns not only on the issues they study in their work, but also in working in research organizations. I have been privileged to attend events featuring prominent political figures such as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Newt Gingrich, as well as events that brought new perspectives and depth to many interesting policy issues, such as healthcare, education, and trade. These have been instrumental in shaping my views and further informing debates that continue to see and participate in.

The work here has also been engaging and diverse. I work directly for a well-known policy scholar doing longitudinal research, including database creation and cleaning, and analytics. During down-time, I have conducted top-level research for a public opinion scholar, aggregating data and compiling it for publication, as well as helped the company organize its archives in preparation for renovation of its library. The company environment is stimulating—each space is saturated with intelligent people working on important research in pervasive policy areas. Each of them (interns, assistants, and scholars alike) is incredibly dedicated to the work they do and are always enthused to talk with interns (when they're not testifying on the hill or meeting with elected officials). Working at AEI has educated me not only in data and research, but also in policy, people skills, and hard work. I highly recommend this opportunity to any and all looking to gain invaluable work experience while fortifying your political skills and knowledge.

Peter Wright '19

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