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Immigration and Trade Policy Internship – Fall 2017

Location: Washington, DC

Department: Immigration Policy

Type: Internship

Min. Experience: Student (College)

As an intern in the immigration and trade policy issue area, you will report directly to Jacqueline Varas, the Director of Immigration & Trade Policy at the American Action Forum. 

Jacqueline worked previously at the American Action Forum as a data analyst focusing on immigration, trade, and the economy. Her research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, CNN, Bloomberg, the Hill, Reuters, and other media outlets. She received a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.

This internship will focus on the domestic implications of U.S. trade and immigration policy. Interns will use qualitative research and quantitative analysis to estimate their impacts, such as the economic and employment effects of immigration and trade. Familiarity with economics, immigration, or trade, is preferred. Projects for interns might include:

  • Researching and analyzing data on trade agreements, trade deficits, workforce trends, visa programs, and immigrant workers in the United States
  • Writing blog posts and op-eds on a variety of issues
  • Composing reports with background research on emerging immigration and trade issues
  • Monitoring legislation and rulemaking related to immigration and trade

Responsibilities

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 when in the office
  • 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
  • Forum event support: Interns will help promote, run, and evaluate all Forum events
  • Semester project: Interns will write a paper on a topic of their choice to be completed by the end of the semester. Issue area directors will assist the interns with their research and writing - the final papers will be published on the Forum’s website.

Hours and Compensation

  • Interns must be available for 20 to 29 hours per week
  • Interns will be provided an hourly wage to cover transportation and living expenses
  • Interns will be responsible for bringing their own computer/equipment
  • This is a part-time, paid internship

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing ability and communication skills
  • Outstanding research skills
  • Ability to analyze complex legislation
  • An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
  • Self-starting attitude
  • Quantitative skills are desired

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_Immigration
  • Cover Letter: LastName_CL_Immigration
  • Writing Sample: LastName_WS_Immigration

(Example: Jane Doe’s Resume – Doe_Resume_Immigration)

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