American Enterprise Institute Internship Profile
- “The number of interns lends itself to a very social experience.”
- “The corporate atmosphere was excellent. The opportunity to do meaningful work was also excellent.”
- “Exposure to the process of advocating policy and contact with some of the most important people involved”
- Respondents were most impressed with the program’s seminars, lectures, and workshops, ranking this aspect 9.54 out of 10.
Locations: Washington, DC
Number of Interns: 21 - 50, Varies by Intern (Summer; Fall; Spring)
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid, Academic Credit, Free Access to AEI Events; Meals
Responsibilities: Editorial, Marketing, Public Relations, Research
Founded in 1943, the American Enterprise Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on research and education. In addition to its approximately 185 employees, AEI hosts a group of around 50 adjunct scholars and fellows who perform research and participate in conferences relating to economics, education, energy and the environment, foreign defense and policy, health, politics and public opinion, and society and culture. The organization is dedicated to “expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity and strengthening free enterprise.”
AEI interns are paired with scholars, economists, political scientists and foreign policy specialists. They work in various areas, including American politics, Asian studies, communications, constitutional studies, defense studies, demographics, education policy, event planning, economic policy, fundraising, gender studies, international development, international trade and finance, journalism, Middle Eastern studies, media affairs, monetary affairs and retirement policy, online media, and Russian studies. Among interns’ duties are completing writing and editing projects, writing literature reviews, compiling dossiers, researching, and monitoring media sources. AEI also holds intern-only lectures and conferences, networking events, and a formal intern recognition dinner.
April 1 (Summer); September 1 (Fall); December 1 (Spring). Apply online and submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample (approximately 500 words), and an unofficial copy of academic transcripts.
Open to undergraduates (generally upperclassmen), MBA students, graudate students, and recent graduates. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required, but successful candidates usually have a GPA of at least 3.5. Non-US cititzens are welcome to apply.