The Mercatus Center

About The Mercatus Center

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives. Founded in 1980, the Mercatus Center is located on George Mason University’s Arlington campus.


Economic research intern

January 2019 - August 2019 Arlington, VA
“The Mercatus Center is an exceptionally welcoming environment that is full of brilliant people. The workplace culture is fantastic, and it is an environment that encourages you to excel and grow intellectually.”

Policy Analytics Intern

June 2019 - August 2019 Arlington, VA
“I gained a lot of technical experience in economics (programming, computation, data analysis, quantification). I was entrusted with a lot of very valuable data work, while at the same time receiving proper attention and training. The internship was both practical and educational.”
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