2014 AEI Summer Institute

Developing Leaders and Exploring Public Policy Solutions for the Next Generation

Unfortunately we are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Institute. We encourage you to check back in January 2015 for information about next year's summer programs.
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The AEI Summer Institute brings together 25 to 30 highly talented undergraduates for an opportunity in Washington, DC, unlike any other: a six-week, fully funded experience learning the principles of public policy analysis and discussing individual opportunity, free enterprise, and American leadership in the world. The 2014 Summer Institute will expose selected participants to new ideas, political theory, and research-based solutions to some of our nation’s biggest challenges. All participants will receive a $1,000 stipend, free housing, and free meals on class days.

Summer Institute students spend six weeks learning from and working with AEI scholars and fellows. But these aren’t typical think tankers. AEI researchers have a unique understanding of Washington, having spent time as high-level political appointees, executive branch consultants, journalists, professors, and writers. No other policy program has a core faculty with such diverse and distinguished backgrounds. Students also hear from other well-known DC insiders, policymakers, journalists, and business leaders. 

At the end of the summer, students will leave with an understanding of why—and how—AEI scholars think and work. And they will be much more effective intellectual and practical leaders making the case for liberty, individual opportunity, and free enterprise in America and around the world.

The 2014 Summer Institute will take place in Washington, DC, at AEI’s headquarters (17th & M Street NW) from June 15 to July 26.

The six-week intensive course, “Public Policy Leadership in a Changing World” will have six parts:

American National Security and Foreign Policy. Week 1, featuring defense policy experts Gary Schmitt and Thomas Donnelly, will explore the principles of democratic statecraft, American strategic culture, and current issues in national security policy. Students will also take a guided "staff ride" to Gettysburg National Battlefield. 

War and Decision-Making. In week 2, students will apply the basic theories of war and military decision-making with military historian and intellectual architect of the Iraq “surge” Frederick Kagan

Building Blocks of Human Flourishing. Week 3 with Charles Murray will take a critical look at contemporary culture and society, tracing their origins through decades of radical and incremental change, including an examination of the cultural differences between economic classes. 

Democratic Capitalism: Principles and Practice. Week 4 will look at the way markets work, including the application of market analysis to public policy. Scholars Sita Slavov and Mike Strain will walk you through market dynamics, the foundations of economic theory and the interaction between public policy and the private sector.  

Fiscal Policy: Challenges and Solutions. In week 5, Alex Brill will take students through practical policy solutions and reform efforts to national problems, such as taxes, healthcare, and entitlements. 

Leadership and Career Development. Week 6 will take students around DC to hear firsthand from top professionals in business, law, government, politics, think tanks, and advocacy organizations. They will offer advice on starting a public policy career in the nation’s capital and applying knowledge of politics and policy in other professions. Further, students will present their proposals and ideas on how to improve both domestic and foreign policy. Students will work on this project throughout the six-week course and during this final week, they will present in front of a panel of experts and will compete for awards. 

During the program students will also participate in a series of conversations with leading policy experts and opinion-makers. Past and present Summer Institute guest speakers include:

Arthur Brooks, AEI President; Author of "The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise"

Tim Carney, AEI Visiting Fellow; Senior Political Columnist for the Washington Examiner

Ari Fleischer, Former White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush 

Kevin Hassett, AEI Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies 

William Kristol, Editor and Publisher of The Weekly Standard, Political Analyst 

Danielle Pletka, AEI Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies

Ramesh Ponnuru, AEI Visiting Fellow; Senior Editor of National Review; Bloomberg Columnist

Michael Rubin, AEI Scholar; Former Pentagon official

Paul Wolfowitz, AEI Scholar; Former President of the World Bank and Deputy Secretary of Defense

DEADLINE EXTENDED! The new deadline to apply is MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014.


If you have any questions or want to set up a call to discuss the 2014 Summer Institute, email Anna Eames at [email protected] or call 202-862-7181.

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