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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.

 

Entry-level opportunities include research assistant positions in all policy areas that AEI studies.

 

Various levels of experience, from entry to executive level, are required for positions that regularly become available in development, event planning, government relations, communications, talent development, accounting, information technology, public relations, and other business departments.

 

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Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a full-time, in-person events assistant to assist policy scholars and their staff with event planning and execution and help plan and produce special annual events. Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter demonstrating their interest in AEI’s mission, and academic transcript.
Job ID
2023-2016
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute seeks a full-time, in-person research assistant to work on issues related to the US defense budget, the role of Congress in national defense, military modernization, Pentagon reform, and changes to force planning or strategic guidance.  When preparing your application, please include a resume; cover letter; a general writing sample; transcript (for undergraduate and graduate work, if applicable); and a research sample, to consist of either:- A link to an Excel sheet you produced, including a graphic/data visualization based on the underlying data; or- A link to a PowerPoint presentation you produced, including a graphic/data visualization based on the underlying data.If you have trouble submitting a research sample, please email Olivia.Shaw@aei.org with your research sample. 
Job ID
2023-2015
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a full-time, in-person research assistant to support AEI’s education policy studies department, which works to promote policy solutions to K–12 and higher education problems. Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter demonstrating their interest in AEI’s mission, academic transcript, and 500-word writing sample on any topic.
Job ID
2022-1961
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project (CTP) produces detailed, objective analysis and forecasting on America’s core national security challenges and offers concrete recommendations to address them. CTP also trains the next generation of policymakers and analysts who will continue to address these challenges. AEI seeks a full-time, in-person analyst to conduct independent research, lead a team of interns, and support foreign policy scholars in advancing the mission of CTP. This position will focus on Iranian internal and external security and foreign policy activities, including Iran’s military capabilities, regional influence, and soft-power outreach. Other responsibilities include selecting, training, and developing a team of interns; contributing to other research efforts; providing feedback on technological innovation projects; and providing other research and administrative support as required. The ideal candidate works well on agile, collaborative, hard-working teams; can adapt to changing research and publication needs; and possesses excellent research, writing, task management, communication, and organizational skills. Analysts interact with a bespoke research database daily and use cutting-edge technology to complete research. The CTP team operates in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. An excellent candidate welcomes challenge and will embrace his or her role in achieving the CTP mission. AEI offers a stimulating and harmonious work environment and excellent benefits. Qualified applicants should submit an online application complete with a resume, cover letter, transcripts, and 500-word writing sample on a topic related to the position.
Job ID
2022-1959
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a full-time, in-person research assistant to work in our European and Russian studies department. The new research assistant will likely begin in late January or early February. Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter demonstrating their interest in AEI’s mission, academic transcript, and 500-word writing sample on any topic.
Job ID
2022-1958
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
About AEIThe American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. AEI’s Academic Programs team aims to renew healthy civic engagement on college campuses—and in America’s public square—by informing, equipping, and developing thoughtful and principled student leaders who will elevate the tone and substance of policy discourse with AEI’s ideas and scholarship. The team facilitates educational and professional opportunities that provide students with the skills of civil and substantive discourse, strengthen their commitment to classical liberal ideas and institutions, and motivate them with AEI scholarship and principles. Reflected in all its programs and resources are AEI’s beliefs in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture. Role OverviewThe Academic Programs Manager will be primarily responsible for managing AEI’s Summer Honors Program (SHP), student seminars, and outreach to university leadership. Responsibilities include driving the strategy, goal setting, and evaluation of these programs, managing relationships with instructors and other external partners, developing program schedules, and coordinating participant recruitment. This role is ideal for someone with significant program management experience, including a demonstrated ability to lead a team effectively and execute strategic plans. Successful candidates will be familiar with AEI’s scholarship, entrepreneurial, and highly organized. This is a full-time role based in AEI’s Washington, DC office. This position requires semi-regular travel for campus events, major programs, and participation in partner conferences. Some local work on evenings and weekends is expected during student conferences and major programs in DC Primary ResponsibilitiesSummer Honors Program (40%)- Develop SHP’s annual goals and a strategy to further integrate the program with the broader mission of Academic Programs and AEI- Manage SHP instructors, keynote speakers, and other partners, working with the director to set course topics, keynote themes, and additional program details- Develop the weekly schedule and staffing structure for program preparation and execution, assigning a course contact from the student programs staff to work directly with the instructor and student cohort for each course- Coordinate marketing and SHP applicant recruitment, delegating tasks to team members and interns, and work with each course contact to build out their student cohort- Coordinate a review of each program year measured against the annual goals and strategy, and coordinate the onboarding process into AEI’s network for each SHP classStudent Seminars (30%)- Develop an annual plan for seminars that align with AEI scholar and supporter interests, and support campus and student recruitment for AEI programs- Manage seminar partnerships, working with the director to set program themes- Develop schedules and staffing structures for seminar preparation and execution, assigning a team lead from the student programs staff to work directly with instructors for each seminar- Coordinate marketing and applicant recruitment for each seminar, delegating tasks to team leads and engaging across departments- Coordinate reviews of each seminar measured against the annual plan, and execute the onboarding process into AEI’s network for all seminar participantsUniversity Leadership Outreach (30%)- Develop a strategy to cultivate networks of faculty, administrators, and the people of AEI through professionally enriching opportunities in DC, regionally, and online- Serve as the primary connection between AEI-aligned university campus centers and DC programs.- Regularly provide AEI resources for faculty, administrators, and campus centers, including editing a faculty newsletter with the director and related AEI scholars- Serve as team lead to plan and execute AEI conferences for faculty and administrators in person and online, working with student programs staff in relevant disciplines and engaging across AEI departmentsGeneral Team Responsibilities- Supervise one intern each semester, and seasonally supervise full-time staff for program execution, providing management expectations and guidance for both- Regularly read and engage with AEI scholarship to develop new and creative ways to communicate AEI’s mission and research to students and the broader higher education community- Perform regular financial tasks such as itemizing event honoraria, travel, and other department expenses- Maintain and navigate databases to track AEI constituents and partners- Assist with producing content for the team website, newsletters, and podcastPhysical requirements and Working Conditions:- The employee is regularly expected to stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer, telephone, and keyboard. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work.- The employee must be able to lift up to 30 pounds at times.- The employee must be able to work in a confined area.- Moderate noise (i.e. computers, phone, printers, and light traffic) is expected.- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities associated with this position.Qualifications- 2+ years of program management experience, including a demonstrated ability to lead a team effectively and execute strategic plans- A bachelor’s degree at the start date is required- Familiarity with AEI scholarship, think tanks, public policy, and academia, specifically current debates related to at least one of AEI’s major policy areas (Economic Policy, Domestic Policy, Foreign and Defense Policy, and Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies)- A self-starting attitude and strong work ethic- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail- Time-management skills, with a proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment- Strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated oral and written communication abilities- Other preferred experiences include event-planning experience, campus student group or other volunteer organization leadership experience, and a knowledge of Salesforce and MarketoHow to ApplyQualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:- Resume- Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position and the mission of AEIApplications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/. There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Manager of Network Engagement of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: stephanie@talentmarket.org. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please. Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.
Job ID
2022-1954
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is seeking an in-person media relations assistant to promote AEI scholars work on political, social, cultural and constitutional policy. The media relations assistant/associate reports to the director of media relations. Duties include:- Promoting AEI’s Social, Cultural and Constitutional Studies scholars to media;- Integrating scholars’ work into the national conversation;- Building relationships with the scholars in assigned areas and with selected media outlets;- Serving as the primary point of contact for media requests;- Arranging media briefings;- Drafting pitches and releases;- Distilling complex policy issues into shorter formats;- Promoting and facilitating media coverage of conferences and events;- Tracking metrics; and- Working with the communications team on special projects.This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to translate complex policy material into clear and straightforward prose. Candidates must have a keen interest in policy and be able to handle multiple tasks in a frequently busy and demanding environment. Experience with deadlines and related work experience are preferred. Strong applicants will have existing contacts among print and online journalists, reporters, producers, and editors from national news bureaus, including TV and radio networks and cable news. The ideal candidate must also be able to think strategically and plan comprehensive media outreach. A bachelor’s degree in political science, history, or English is preferred. We offer a stimulating and harmonious work environment and excellent benefits. Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter demonstrating their interest in AEI’s mission, academic transcript, and 500-word writing sample on any topic.
Job ID
2022-1905
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a full-time, in-person research assistant to work with Senior Fellows Alex Brill and Kyle Pomerleau on a wide variety of issues related to tax policy and reform, international tax policy, and the US economy. The new research assistant will begin in summer 2023. Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter demonstrating their interest in AEI’s mission, academic transcript, and 500-word writing sample on any topic.
Job ID
2022-1900

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