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Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
31 Reviews
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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at AEI

    Pros

    Hands on research experience, network with experts in various fields, great free gourmet breakfast and lunch for interns

    Cons

    fewer opportunities for data analysis sector

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Worthwhile internship

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    Former Employee - Research Intern
    Former Employee - Research Intern

    I worked at AEI

    Pros

    The food, of course.
    Supervisors vary, but most seem to have meaningful work for interns.
    Surrounded by brilliant people.
    Well rounded internship program with presentations that range from public policy to resume improvement.

    Cons

    Like most, the internship is unpaid

    Recommends
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    Research Intern

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    Current Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AEI as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Free breakfast and lunch
    -Brownbag speakers
    - Working with the best and the brightest
    - Great building with great work culture

    Cons

    - Difficult to become an assistant although possible
    - Interns don't have as substantial work as they want, but its still a lot better then other places

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Internship

    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at AEI as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant people, great food benefits for interns, great place to get cutting-edge work experience.

    Cons

    Wish that our softball team was better

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Intern- Economics

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    Current Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AEI as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some really awesome people. People here are serious about what they do. YOu can learn lot of new skills. And an AWESOME lunch Kobe steak, Crab ...)

    Cons

    This place is definitely partisan (right wing). This is not so much the case in the economics departments. ALSO you gotta work for free or for the food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at AEI full-time

    Pros

    Best-in-class public policy challenges.

    Cons

    Salaries for assistant cadre laughably low considering that they raise well over their operating budget every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    AEI is a good place to work yet ignore problems arising out of gossipers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AEI full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, somewhat flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Not addressing gossip up front in the open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there are complaints from another potential competing employee about another employee, address it directly with the employee instead.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AEI as an intern

    Pros

    I really liked the purpose of the company- to promote free enterprise. I enjoyed working with many other young interns like myself. There are many driven students and employees at AEI who are very passionate about what they do and the purpose of the company, which is to promote free enterprise. Most of my work focused on researching policies that promote free enterprise and publishing information. I felt that AEI was much more socially liberal than anticipated. I liked how we didn't focus on social issues at all. The primary focus is free enterprise. Also, amazing free gourmet buffet every day.

    Cons

    I wish there had been more training. Also, I would have liked to make some money because D.C. is an expensive city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training for interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting intern work with no chance for employment

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at AEI as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Intern opportunities allowed me to do research on relevant current events, polish presentation skills during briefings, and attend meetings on the Hill. The staff is generally invested in building skills with interns, as it will increasing their team's productivity, so there are opportunities to learn skills with software systems and other valuable systems. Interns also get free breakfast and lunch everyday, so you will save quite a bit of money even though you aren't getting paid.

    Cons

    There are few opportunities to gain visibility with senior staff, conduct analysis, or gain full-time employment. The organization also leans extremely right-of-center, which can have a number of negative consequences. First, you might not feel as though you fit in if you aren't of the same political ideology. Second, and most important, the organization's reputation is very present in DC and you will be judged if you tell people you interned/worked/walked into the building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should be more willing to give interns the opportunity to produce analytical work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Smart people, enjoyable and exciting work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AEI full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You'll work with smart, incredibly dedicated people in every department. The office culture that encourages significant contributions from even its youngest staff (you'll be expected to contribute ideas about the direction of research projects and programs--not just follow orders and protocols). There are a lot of young people who actually enjoy socializing together. Best of all, you'll feel a sense of mission and purpose walking through the doors every day.

    Cons

    People here tend to lean to the "work" side of "work-life balance", but that's why you're at AEI--because you care about what we're doing enough to put in a little extra.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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