Internship Opportunities

Economic Policy Studies


Economic Policy Studies: An intern in this area will work with Senior Fellow Kevin Hassett. Assignments include researching tax policy, preparing for tax seminars, and writing economic briefs. Desired skills: Word, Excel, Internet research skills, and familiarity with Lexis-Nexis required. An interest in sports statistics is a plus. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Monetary Affairs and Retirement Policy: This internship is under the direction of AEI Resident Scholars Vincent Reinhart and Andrew Biggs. Reinhart, a former Director of the Federal Reserve Board's Division of Monetary Affairs, works on a variety of issues concerning the policies of the Federal Reserve, Treasury and related agencies. Current work includes analysis of the financial crisis and capital flows projects. Biggs, a former Principal Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration and Associate Director of the National Economic Council, focuses on social security reform, retirement security and population aging. Current projects include analyses of retirement age, tax cap and immigration on social security, comparison of public and private sector pay and study of public sector pension liabilities. Internship tasks include finding and compiling datasets for research projects, modeling and regression analysis, as well as various research and administrative projects in support of the scholars’ work. A strong knowledge of Excel is highly encouraged. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

International Trade and Finance: Resident Scholar Claude Barfield's primary areas of study are international trade policy, U.S. competitiveness, and science and technology policy. Economics or public policy students are preferred. Proficiency with Excel spreadsheets and statistical software packages a plus. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

International Development: Resident Fellow Roger Bate researches U.S. and international aid policy in Africa and the developing world. His intern will research foreign aid policy with a focus on Africa. Desired skills for the position are strong research skills and knowledge of economic principles and demonstrated experience/study of aid policy. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Health Policy: Interns will work with Resident Scholars Joe Antos, Bob Helms, and Tom Miller on health policy studies at AEI. Assignments include health policy issues ranging from current Medicare legislation to pharmaceutical regulation to global public health. Economics or science majors are preferred. Knowledge of health policy and the ability to do Internet searches and spreadsheet data entry required.(Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

National Research Initiative: AEI's National Research Initiative (NRI) seeks to identify and support research by university-based academics, emerging scholars, and other intellectuals engaged in the exploration of pressing public policy issues. NRI projects cover a wide variety of topics in U.S. domestic policy, including income inequality, immigration, and health care. Duties will include specific research tasks for NRI scholars, book marketing efforts, compiling materials for NRI newsletters, and some administrative support. Individuals with an interest in domestic policy and background in economics and/or political science are encouraged to apply. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

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Social and Political Studies


Public Opinion: Senior Fellow Karlyn Bowman is an expert on American politics and public opinion. Assignments include: Scholarly research for public opinion studies and articles, assisting in the planning and coordination of monthly Political Report publications, editing, and some data-entry. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

American History Education: Intern under Senior Fellow Lynne Cheney will conduct research for a forthcoming biography of James Madison, assist in ongoing communications responsibilities related to book publication and scholar's endeavors to promote children's understanding of American history, and help to plan events on topics related to American history education. This position requires excellent writing, research, and computer skills. Successful applicants will be attentive to detail, comfortable working with firm and soft deadlines, and able to handle and prioritize multiple tasks. A background in American history, education, or literature is preferred. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Constitutional Studies: Michael Greve, the cofounder of the Center for Individual Rights, is a Constitutional Law scholar with interests in competitive federalism, citizenship, and transatlantic law. Assignments for an intern include: Scholarly research for his forthcoming book on the constitutional foundations of competitive federalism as well as research for other projects, event and conference planning, and some list maintenance. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Education Policy: Assignments under Resident Scholar Frederick Hess include researching school choice, education politics, school reform, and the history of the American education system. The intern will assist in ongoing responsibilities associated with AEI's Education Program, including research and editing, event planning, and administrative tasks. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

American Politics: Interns under Norman Ornstein and John Fortier will research a wide range of topics in the area of American politics and government, including election reform, the congressional races for AEI's Election Watch Series, the Continuity of Government Commission, and current political events for both scholars' weekly columns. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Program on American Citizenship: The program, directed by resident scholar Gary Schmitt, is a new initiative aimed at strengthening and renewing American citizenship. Areas of interest include civic education, voting and political participation, immigration policy, military service and patriotism, and civil society. Interns will conduct research, help organize and plan events, assist with the website launch, manage and update multiple data lists, and perform other administrative tasks. Excellent organizational and research skills are a must. Applicants should have a strong interest in, and knowledge of, American political institutions and history. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Gender Studies: Christina Hoff Sommers studies feminism and American culture, American adolescents, and morality in American society. A former university philosophy professor, she is the author of Who Stole Feminism? and The War against Boys. An intern would help with various projects including research on women's studies programs, women and science, and feminism. Strong research and writing skills are necessary. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

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Foreign and Defense Studies


Middle Eastern Studies: Danielle Pletka, Vice President of AEI's Foreign and Defense Studies Department, focuses on Iran and the Arab World. Strong, coherent research and writing skills, as well as strong organizational skills are a must for this internship. Applicants should be comfortable working under deadlines. A background in Middle East studies and interest in US foreign policy is ideal. Fluency in Arabic or Farsi is a plus. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Demographics/Political Economy: Resident Scholar Nicholas Eberstadt focuses on global demographic trends and economic development, with a current emphasis on Russia, China, and other developing nations. He also researches North Korea, poverty in the United States, foreign aid, and global health and mortality (especially HIV/AIDS). Intern will do quantitative work, background research, fact-checking, and editing for articles and ongoing projects. Attention to detail and experience with Excel a must. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Russian Studies: Resident Scholar Leon Aron directs AEI's Russian Studies program. He is the midst of writing a book on the intellectual history of the Soviet collapse and the fate of liberalism in Russia. Desired skills: The ideal intern candidate will have a strong interest in Russian current affairs and history, as well as the history of ideas. A capacity and enthusiasm for archival research and reading fluency in Russian language are necessary. Assignments include: The Russian Studies intern will be responsible for researching current events in Russian, particularly political and cultural changes since the fall of Communism, the Russian economy and Russian foreign policy. The intern will also conduct research in support of journal publications, op-eds, and books by AEI scholars, as well as assist in the organization of AEI conferences and panel discussions. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Center for Defense Studies: Run by Resident Fellow Tom Donnelly and Research Fellow Tim Sullivan, AEI’s Center for Defense Studies (CDS) provides commentary and analysis on a range of strategic, programmatic, and budgetary issues. Recent projects include studies on the Fiscal Year 2011 US defense budget, the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, the future of the US nuclear force posture, an evaluation of NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan, an assessment of the US Army’s land force modernization needs, an analysis of US military capabilities in the Central Command area of operations, and a joint project with the Heritage Foundation and the Foreign Policy Initiative on US defense spending requirements. Interns will assist in gathering and analyzing data on current US military operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere, monitoring defense procurement programs, following institutional issues and developments inside the US military, and studying US and allied defense spending trends. Candidates must have excellent writing, analytical, and research skills; former military experience is a plus. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Frederick Kagan: Critical Threats Project: The Critical Threats Project tracks and analyzes current challenges to American national security, specifically those relating to Iran, Pakistan, the Levant, the Gulf of Aden, and al Qaeda and associated movements in general. Interns will assist in producing research dossiers, analytical and data products, and other materials for www.criticalthreats.org and www.irantracker.org. Initiative, dedication to project goals, work ethic, and creativity are highly valued. Proficiency in Arabic, French, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, or Somali is desired but not required.

Resident Scholar Michael Rubin's major research area is the Middle East, with special focus on Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Kurdish society. He is currently working on a study of U.S. engagement with rogue regimes, both inside the Middle East and in Asia. The intern candidate is required to have excellent writing skills. Main tasks include, but are not limited to, carrying out research, fact-checking, and proof-reading. Language fluency in Persian, Arabic, Turkish or Korean is a plus. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

India Studies: An intern in the India Studies program at AEI will work closely with staff in the foreign and defense policy studies department on research relating to South Asian politics, economics, and security issues. The intern will focus specifically on India, but also work on Pakistan and Afghanistan. Tasks will include gathering news clips from Indian and international news sources, finding and processing statistical data on Indian political economy and demographics, fact checking and editing articles, and producing literature reviews. Desired skills: familiarity with Excel, PowerPoint, and Lexis Nexis. STATA experience and Hindu/Urdu language skills are a plus.(Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Program on Advanced Strategic Studies: Run by Resident Scholar Gary Schmitt, AEI’s strategic studies program focuses on longer-term strategic issues that will affect America’s security at home and its ability to lead abroad. Recent projects include an analysis of China’s rise and the nature of that challenge, a study on US and European approaches to domestic security and counter terrorism since 9/11, and an assessment of NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan. Interns will assist in gathering and analyzing materials and data on the evolution of European defense policy-making and military modernization programs since the end of the Cold War for a joint project with AEI’s Center for Defense Studies on US and allied military capabilities. This joint project will examine the military and defense policy communities of a number of key US allies, primarily the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and others. Candidates must have excellent writing, analytical, and research skills; former military experience and project-specific foreign language skills – especially Spanish and/or Italian – are a plus. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Japanese Studies: An intern in this department will work under Resident Scholar Michael Auslin, head of AEI's Japan Studies Program. Dr. Auslin is currently focusing on Japanese strategic thinking and security doctrine, as well as Asian maritime security issues. Tasks include: researching, in Japanese and English, topics in Japan's national security, maritime security issues, and Asia's strategic security environment. The intern will also conduct research in support of publications and assist in the organization of AEI conferences and panel discussions. The ideal candidate for this position will have an interest in Japanese and Asian security affairs and reading ability in Japanese language. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Asian Studies: This internship, under the direction of Resident Fellow Dan Blumenthal, will focus primarily on Asian security initiatives and US strategy in the region. Projects will focus on China, Japan, North Korea, and Southeast Asia. Assignments include: researching Chinese defense capabilities, US-China relations, and Cross Strait issues. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

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Business, Editing, Marketing, and Management


Arthur Brooks/Executive Office: An intern in this department will assist with day-to-day operations including, but not limited to, tasks such as: assisting with daily reading distributions and excel list management, making travel arrangements and preparations, scheduling, and answering phones. Intern may also assist on research projects for the President. Candidates should be highly organized, responsible, and be comfortable working in a high-paced, discreet office setting.(Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

John Bolton/Social Media: An intern in this department will assist with the former ambassador’s social media and some miscellaneous research assignments. Primary responsibilities will include posting articles, media appearances and links to interviews on social media sites. Will also do webpage design, and editing. Strong candidates will have knowledge of, and experience using social media outlets—particularly Facebook and Twitter. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Government Relations: The mission of the Government Relations Department is to promote AEI's scholarship to top government officials in the White House, in Federal Agencies, and on Capitol Hill. Successful candidates will be self-starters with attention to detail and enthusiasm for AEI's mission of promoting free enterprise, limited government, strong national defense, and vital cultural institutions. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Project on American Values and Capitalism: The project is a new initiative aimed at educating evangelical college students on the fundamentals of free markets and the relationship between these fundamentals and Christianity. Responsibilities will include assisting in the planning and implementation of multiple events, facilitating focus group research, developing marketing to a college-aged evangelical audience, assisting in the development of a series of monographs on the relationship between markets and various specific policy issues, managing and updating multiple data lists, and other administrative tasks. Requirements include experience with Microsoft Excel, attention to detail, event planning experience, and knowledge of Christian higher education. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Program on American Citizenship: The program, directed by resident scholar Gary Schmitt, is a new initiative aimed at strengthening and renewing American citizenship. Areas of interest include civic education, voting and political participation, immigration policy, military service and patriotism, and civil society. Interns will conduct research, help organize and plan events, assist with the website launch, manage and update multiple data lists, and perform other administrative tasks. Excellent organizational and research skills are a must. Applicants should have a strong interest in, and knowledge of, American political institutions and history. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Video Production Intern: An intern in this department will assist AEI’s Video Editor and Producer and be an integral member of the team that helps AEI create new video products for the web and for distribution throughout the traditional and the social networking world. This is an excellent opportunity to create and/or expand upon your professional portfolio, as well as gain hands-on experience in a professional production environment. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, able to take initiative, enjoy learning about a variety of topics, and have experience working under deadlines. Familiarity with Final Cut Pro and Motion or After Effects is a huge plus. Intern duties will include: Photo, stock footage and music research; assisting on shoots with setting up lights and running camera; taping conferences and switching conference events; assisting with the creation of video graphics; participating in creative video meetings; learning to run a Panasonic P2 HD camera; logging footage and editing webisodes on Final Cut Pro and assisting on studio shoots.(Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Development: The development department's internships are designed to give interns a wide range of experiences in business administration and marketing realms with specific emphasis on AEI's public policy work. Interns will gain particular insight into non-profit administration. Assignments: Interns will assist with daily aspects of marketing and development as well as special projects. Projects will include assisting with marketing research; creating and using spreadsheets for marketing analysis; grant proposal preparations; and grant tracking. Interns will conduct donor analysis, including research and identification of potential donors by areas of interest, geography, and philanthropy. Corporate and foundation relations are an integral part of the internship including work with Fortune 500 corporate donors. The department manages an $18 million budget and works directly with AEI's executive office and all AEI scholars. Desired skills: Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and internet research capabilities. Attention to detail a must and an interest in marketing, business, and non-profits is important. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Public Affairs: The Public Affairs department acts as the liaison between AEI scholars and the media. This position is a hands-on opportunity to apply public relations to media market research. Intern should be organized and knowledgeable about news media and current events. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

Online Communications: This internship is an opportunity to become an integral member of the online communications team at the American Enterprise Institute. This is an ideal position for exposure to the breadth of AEI scholars’ research while learning about online communications and new media. The intern will help with managing website content, managing social media accounts, and sending a daily email newsletter. He or she will also participate in the team’s strategic planning. The intern is also encouraged to drive his or her own online projects. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, comfortable in a fast-paced environment, and attentive to detail. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)

The American.com: The American is AEI's national magazine focusing on business, economics, and public affairs. It offers interns significant opportunities to develop valuable skills for careers in journalism. Interns will fact-check and copy-edit articles and will aid the managing editor in editing and maintaining the web site at American.com. (Note: This internship has been filled for the summer 2011 term. Will re-open fall 2011.)


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