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Updated August 11, 2017
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Pros
  • The free breakfast and lunch and small stipend make a difference, especially when so many other internships don't provide anything (in 15 reviews)

  • Interesting work and free breakfast and lunch for interns (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Experience really depends on the team you're working with (in 3 reviews)

  • Salaries are below market for economists and research assistants (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AEI full-time

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating work environment

    Cons

    There could be more opportunities for growth on the research side.


  2. "Manager, Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AEI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An exciting place to work with driven and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Management can be challenging and professional growth is limited after two years

    Advice to Management

    Create greater growth for middle management employees

  3. "Research Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Environment and availability of information. Great free lunch

    Cons

    Unpaid internship and little mobility upwards


  4. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AEI full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven employees, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Currently none at this time


  5. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    —Great people, great food, great ideas

    Cons

    —non to list at this time


  6. "Pleasant environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AEI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great staff, furnish tools needed, great support, worked with me when I had a heart attack, never lost a days pay, Was able to work part time at home. Also traveled to other offices to help out when we were slow.

    Cons

    Wages weren't really up to local averages, but stability of work load and length of employment balanced that


  7. "Good place to network"

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    Former Employee - Inter in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Inter in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at AEI (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Networking, politics, enjoyable working environment, good food

    Cons

    coworkers can be low efficient sometimes

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great social environment and mission, but really strange management structure + lots of infighting"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great social environment (I made many friends here). Really has the environment of "everyone is a family."
    - People take the commitment to academic freedom very seriously, which bolsters AEI's reputation
    -The scholars do great work and are taken seriously by policy makers and peers at other think tanks
    - Beautiful new building and lots of perks (heavily subsidized, almost-free breakfast and lunch, free snacks, free gym in the building, frequent free staff happy hours hosted within the building)

    Cons

    -Decentralized to a fault. The management structure at the top is 5-6 VPs who all basically rule by committee (Foreign policy VP, comms VP, economics director, development VP, etc.) When disagreements arise between them, no one above all of them makes a final judgment call, making many disagreements just intractable. That trickles down to more junior levels because you become asked to fight for your team's goals and priorities, but no one above your team and other teams steps in to resolve it. Different departments can often feel like warring fiefdoms, and the same problems are hashed out for years on end without resolution.

    - Some employees lack tact and political correctness and have made comments that could be seen as offensive at many/most other workplaces, under the guise of being anti-PC culture.

    - Lots of strong personalities that can be difficult to navigate, and lots of political infighting. Unclear how certain managers became managers in the first place.

    Advice to Management

    Potentially rethink management structure whereby different departments operate almost completely autonomously. If two departments are having conflicts regarding goals and priorities, someone above both of them needs to step in and make clear what the final decision is going to be.

    Also, if two departments are having conflicts, upper management should be more willing to talk to each other instead of sending junior employees to go fight battles on their behalf.


  9. "Political Economy Intern; American Enterprise Institute"

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AEI offered me the most formative and memorable internship experience I've ever had. If you enjoy being surrounded by a bunch of smart, policy-oriented, funny, and kind people AEI is a great place to intern. There are ample networking and professional development opportunities and an AEI internship can serve as a springboard into many different industries.

    Cons

    Living in D.C. without a salary is tough, but AEI does everything they can to accommodate- the interns I worked with even got travel stipends along with the typical (and amazing) breakfast and lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Try to pay interns at least a little!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Conference Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AEI full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to grow and take on new challenges.

    Cons

    Limits to upward growth, but great first job.


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