AEI Executive Councils

Program Description

Want to join the AEI Executive Council Program?  APPLY HERE and SUBMIT A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION.

The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, is home to some of America’s most renowned economists, legal scholars, political scientists, and foreign policy experts. A nonpartisan public policy research organization, AEI is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of a free society through independent thinking, open debate, and reasoned argument. It does this in part by providing educational and career development opportunities to the next generation of leaders through its Executive Council Program.

The Executive Council program began in 2013 on 25 undergraduate campuses and has since grown to over 300 student leaders on more than 80 campuses across the country. These groups of up to six students per school form the core of AEI’s outreach to undergraduates. Beyond graduation, these individuals have gone on to the nation’s top graduate schools and to work on Capitol Hill, for top consulting and financial firms, for presidential campaigns, for leading non-profits, and in other fields.

The competition of ideas is fundamental to a free society, and members of AEI’s Executive Councils work every day to ensure the best arguments on every side of pressing public policy issues are heard by students at their campuses. Interested in joining this community of student leaders at your school? Click here to apply for AEI’s Executive Council Program.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit your application as soon as possible, or your school’s Council may fill up.
 Even if your campus’s Council is full, submit your application and we will consider you as soon as space opens up.

What do Executive Councils do?

  • Promote substantive conversations about public policy on campus by hosting events and activities throughout the year. Examples include: lectures or discussions with AEI scholars or local professors; private dinners with scholars, business professionals, or government officials; student debates; reading groups; and film and debate viewings
  • Attend exclusive gatherings for public policy discussion and leadership training at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and other locations around the country.
  • Connect with former students and alumni of AEI’s Academic Programs to explore career opportunities in the world of public policy.
  • Write op-eds and articles in national publications and students newspapers.


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