American Enterprise Institute


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The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. The work of its scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in a belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture.

AEI is committed to making the intellectual, moral, and practical case for expanding freedom, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening the free enterprise system in America and around the world. Its work explores ideas that further these goals, and AEI scholars take part in this pursuit with academic freedom. AEI operates independently of any political party and has no institutional positions. Its scholars’ conclusions are fueled by rigorous, data-driven research and broad-ranging evidence.

About AEI internships:

Every American Enterprise Institute internship includes substantive research and hands-on experience, networking opportunities, professional development, policy lectures from AEI scholars, and more! Applicants have the opportunity to seek internships in all three of our research areas — Economic Policy, Foreign and Defense Policy, and Domestic Policy — as well as in our business and communications departments. AEI has approximately 50 different positions available. Interns receive complimentary breakfast and lunch. Those interested must identify the internship(s) they would like to pursue by visiting and notify the IOP prior to applying to be considered for the IOP Internship Program.