Former Social and Cultural Studies Research Intern at American Enterprise Institute
about 2 years ago
I loved my time interning at AEI. They did an amazing job in developing my networking, interviewing, and resume skills. They also provide several events for the summer interns to attend and bond over (e.g., baseball games, tour at The Pentagon, etc.). Most importantly, I felt I was doing meaningful work. It was rare I got put with the “intern” busy work. Rather I was helping compile and write content that was actually used in videos and posts. I would note that the social/cultural studies intern is different from a lot of other internship positions at AEI. Dr. Sommers discusses pop culture pieces, so she’s very interested in what’s currently going on inside college campuses/in the minds of young adults. This meant I had a lot of say in what I worked on in the summer. The only criticism about my internship is that Dr. Sommers works from home, so I saw her only 3 times during the summer. However, we emailed/chatted on the phone every day. Another criticism is that AEI interns are unpaid. They do provide an amazing breakfast/lunch spread, but at times I felt I was doing work equivalent to full time employees. Overall, I’d highly recommend an internship at AEI; you will meet a lot of driven students, develop yourself, and be challenged.
Former Economics Intern, Office of Kevin Hassett at American Enterprise Institute
about 2 years ago
As an economics intern, I received a good deal of training in statistical programming, academic writing and general professional development. Throughout my internship, there were constantly different panels and talks that helped me to become a stronger professional. Many of the professional skills that I learned there were ones that I continue to use.