Interning at AEI

The American Enterprise Institute’s internships give students an opportunity to learn directly from some of America’s most renowned scholars and nonprofit leaders who are advancing the conversation on today’s prominent public policy issues. AEI provides an intellectually stimulating environment, rich with critical thinking, scholarship, and lively debate.

AEI offers more than 60 internship opportunities in its research and business groups, including: 

  • Economic and healthcare policy
  • Foreign and defense policy
  • Social, Cultural and Constitutional studies
  • Domestic policy
  • Media and Communications
  • Government Relations
  • External Relations
  • Development & Fundraising

AEI internships are available in the fall, spring, and summer to experienced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required; however, most successful candidates have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Ready to apply? Check out the available internships, and submit your application.

Why Intern at AEI?

“My time at AEI was truly a display of how real political discourse, intellectual curiosity, and academic freedom should look in our nation. In three short months at AEI, I learned more than I had in two years of class. It genuinely is a life-changing opportunity. The people you meet, the ideas you form, and the experiences you have will influence you forever.”
—Nick Tolbert, Office of the President

“Interning with the Events team at American Enterprise Institute has been an unforgettable experience. During my internship, I applied skills that I will use in any field I choose to pursue in my future career, including critical thinking, adaptability, organization, and time management.

Overall, I would highly recommend interning with the American Enterprise Institute.”
—Damaris De La Cruz, Events

Questions About AEI Internships?

Since the 1970s, the AEI internship program has been an educational opportunity for students to meaningfully engage with AEI and its research products. Interns see firsthand how AEI’s scholars and research assistants work to find solutions to today’s most pressing policy problems.

In addition to substantively contributing to departmental projects, all interns participate in robust educational, professional, and social programming. AEI’s internship program offers students the opportunity to learn directly from AEI scholars, receive mentoring from AEI staff, and connect with other interns around the city.

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