Free people. Free markets. American strength.

It’s these core beliefs that drive the scholars and staff at the American Enterprise Institute.

At AEI, we pursue the highest standards of empirical research, which equips policymakers with the resources they need to make decisions that strengthen democracy, increase opportunity, and promote American strength and leadership.

As a premier DC think tank, AEI has an atmosphere that is rich with critical thinking, scholarship, and debate. It’s a perfect starting point for entry-level employees beginning a career in public policy, as well as an ideal place for professionals at all levels to contribute to and develop in areas of nonprofit management.

AEI actively seeks and encourages engagement with those who hold different points of view and come from diverse backgrounds. We welcome civil disagreement and open dialogue because we believe that the competition of ideas is essential to a free society. To further our mission, we are committed to creating a diverse work environment.

Why AEI?

AEI enables a purpose driven career.

The mission of creating a better America for all resonates deeply, creating a culture unique among think tanks. We encourage ideas to flourish by embracing academic freedom and open discourse, focusing on ideas that can create opportunity for all Americans.

It’s difficult to rival what AEI has to offer.

AEI’s standard of excellence in research, government relations, communication, academic outreach, and fundraising has cultivated a strong reputation throughout DC and across the country.

AEI fosters civil discourse and strong bonds between colleagues through breakfasts, lunches, and dozens of events hosted at its headquarters.

We strive to create a collegial culture in which staff enjoy coming to work, are invested in their work, and support the people they work with.

Employee Benefits

AEI offers employees a competitive benefits package that reinforces the importance of personal development, future planning, and individual well-being.

From retirement planning to a robust leave policy, AEI focuses on promoting an intellectually creative work environment and high employee satisfaction.

Learn more about the benefits that help AEI stand out as a premier workplace.

Interested in joining the competition of ideas?

Job Listings

To apply, click on “view all open positions” to see what opportunities are now available.

In your job application, please include a resume, cover letter demonstrating your interest in AEI’s mission, academic transcript, and a 500-word writing sample on any topic.


Other Opportunities to Contribute at AEI

Internships are available year-round for talented undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates. Find information and the online internship application page here.

Academic Programs connects top college students across the country with AEI’s ideas, research, and network. Find information and how to stay connected here.

Learn more about AEI’s organization and purposes here.

Questions? Call (202) 862-5800 or email [email protected]