Development Internship - Fall 2013 Term
- Washington, DC
The American Action Forum is a non-profit “think-tank” in Washington, DC dedicated to thoughtful, timely, politically informed policy analysis. Our interns will have the opportunity to work with top issue experts as they apply our research to breaking current events, network with DC leaders, and publish their own public policy research.
Every American Action Forum issue expert joined the Forum with an exceptionally distinguished background. Some of the experts you will have the opportunity to work with include Doug Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum and Sixth Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Cameron Smith, Chief Operating Officer for the American Action Forum, who was recently named to “The 25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35” list by the National Journal, and Dan Conston, Communications Director for the American Action Forum, who was recently named to Red Alert Politics “30 Under 30” list.
This is a paid internship.
What our intern alumni are saying about their time at the American Action Forum:
“Currently, I am in law school and one of my classes requires that I come up with legislation. The skills I learned at the Forum helped me research the regulatory field and develop the law I plan to draft for my class. Moreover, the research and writing skills which the Forum demands have assisted me in not only my current role, but will stick with me throughout my career.” – Bijan
“Working at AAF helped me develop the research and writing skills necessary to succeed in Washington D.C. At the Forum, I became familiar with the political scene in the city and the different career options on the Hill and in policy. The staff was very welcoming and gave me valuable work that helped me build a portfolio for the future.” – Elizabeth
“The Forum is a great way to learn about many of the policy areas that influence Washington politics. I have a background in Health Care, but by working at the Forum, I became more aware of policy issues relating to Education, Energy and the Environment and Housing.” – Katherine
“Here at the Forum as an intern in Health Care Policy, I’ve really been able to develop my understanding of the inner workings of Washington. The opportunities provided here from attending events on the Hill and at other think tanks to researching the daily developments in my policy area have been tremendous.” – Aditya
“Working at the Forum has helped me understand so much more about how the Washington think tank community operates and about what it takes to succeed in it. My research, writing, and networking skills have all improved, through the meaningful responsibilities and opportunities given to me as an intern and the mentorship of staff members. This internship offers the rare chance to contribute in a substantial way to an organization that makes a real impact on shaping and informing the broader policy discussion, while developing the personal attributes and connections important to a fruitful career.” – Mitch
As a development intern, you will work with the American Action Forum's development team, including Director of Development, Trent Edwards. Edwards most recently served as Chief of Staff for a Tennessee Congressman and spent 3-election cycles at the National Republican Congressional Committee, primarily as Director of the Field Finance Department. In his current role as Director of Development, he manages the financial well-being of the American Action Forum. The development team’s key responsibilities range from general fundraising to partnering the Forum’s experts with industry leaders, elected officials, and the general public.
As part of the internship, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
- Prospect donors: Research possible donors and support the contact process between potential donors and the Forum’s experts
- Data entry: Compile findings into coherent, manageable databases
- Forum event support: Interns will help promote, run and evaluate Forum events
- Event attendance: Interns will attend Capitol Hill hearings, private speaker events, and events held by other DC think tanks to analyze and report on the information presented
Hours and Compensation
- Interns must be available for 20 to 32 hours per week
- Interns will be provided an hourly wage
- Interns will be responsible for bringing their own computer/equipment
- Excellent writing ability and communication skills
- An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
- Self-starting attitude
- Quantitative skills are desired but not required
Please include in your application a preferred start date, resume, cover letter, and writing sample of less than 1,500 words.