Trade Policy Internship - Spring 2023 - American Action Forum
Washington, DC 
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Job Announcement: Trade Policy Internship - Spring 2023 - American Action Forum

Company Overview

The American Action Forum (AAF) is a forward-looking, non-profit policy institute dedicated to keeping America strong, free, and prosperous. It seeks to promote common-sense, innovative, and solutions-based policies that will reform government, challenge outdated assumptions, and create a smaller, smarter government that will serve its citizens better. As a unique, fast-paced "action" tank, we use the modern tools of communications to deploy ideas; engage Americans in the debate over the boundaries of government policy, personal freedoms, and market incentives; and educate and challenge the media to explore these issues and shape the next generation of political leaders.

Internship Summary

As an intern in the trade policy issue area, you will report directly to Tori Smith, the Director of International Economic Policy at AAF.

Tori's research focuses on international trade, the economic impacts of tariff and non-tariff barriers on American businesses and consumers, and the intersection of trade and broader international economic policy. Her specific areas of expertise include domestic content requirements, trade laws that extend tariff authority to the executive branch, and trade agreements.

Tori has appeared on a wide range of media outlets, including CNBC Power Lunch, Fox News, Fox Business, and BBC, and her work has been published in media outlets including The Hill, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Detroit News.

Prior to joining AAF, Tori spent nearly seven years working on trade policy at The Heritage Foundation. She also worked as a legislative aide in the Michigan House of Representatives. A native Michigander, Tori holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Michigan State University's James Madison Residential College. She also holds a master's degree in International Commerce and Policy with a concentration in Global Finance, Investment and Trade from George Mason University.

A few examples of projects completed by previous interns in the Trade Policy Internship Program include:

  • Researched, wrote, and edited trade policy primers
  • Wrote blogs and op-eds about trade policy topics
  • Compiled a trade research database
  • Researched and wrote longer, in depth, papers

Responsibilities and Duties

As part of the internship, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Research assistance: Interns will provide research assistance and data collection for their issue area director
  • 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
  • AAF event support: Interns will help promote, run, and evaluate all AAF events
  • Semester portfolio and presentation: Interns will create a portfolio to showcase their work completed at the Forum and give a brief presentation on a topic of their choice

Qualifications and Skills

  • Prerequisite of macroeconomic and microeconomic courses
  • Excellent writing ability and communication skills
  • An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
  • Self-starting attitude
  • Strong quantitative skills are highly desired

Hours and Compensation

  • Interns must be available to work 20 to 29 hours per week in-person in Washington, D.C.
  • Interns will earn an hourly wage
  • Interns will use their own computer/equipment
  • This is a part-time, paid internship

How to Apply

Please include in your application a preferred start date, resume, cover letter, and writing sample of less than 1,000 words.

  • Documents must be submitted as a PDF file with the following file name:
    • Resume: LastName_Resume_Trade
    • Cover Letter: LastName_CL_Trade
    • Writing Sample: LastName_WS_Trade
    • (Example: Jane Doe's Resume - Doe_Resume_Trade)

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