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Regulatory Policy Internship – Spring 2018

Location: Washington, DC

Department: Regulatory Policy

Type: Internship

Min. Experience: Student (College)

As an intern in the regulatory policy issue area, you will report directly to Dan Bosch, the Director of Regulatory Policy at the American Action Forum.  The regulatory team at AAF focuses their research on examining the rulemaking efforts of administrative agencies and Congress. Their work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hill, Reuters, and The Washington Post, among other publications.

The team publishes a weekly regulation roundup and ongoing regulatory burden database on the American Action Forum website. The regulation issue area often interacts with other Forum issue areas heavily impacted by federal rulemakings, such as health care, environmental, and labor policy.

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

  • Published article on cost-benefit changes of federal rules in Regulation Magazine
  • Aided with formal comment letters to administrative agencies
  • Helped to expand Regulatory Policy data tools such as RegRodeo.com
  • Monitored important regulatory votes and hearings in the House and Senate


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

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


  • An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
  • Ability to work independently and develop new research ideas
  • Excellent writing ability and communication skills
  • Strong quantitative skills and the ability to perform regression analysis
  • Basic knowledge of federal regulatory process

How to Apply

Please include in your application a preferred start date, resume, cover letter, and a 400-600 word writing sample.

Documents must be submitted as a PDF file with the following file name:

  • Resume: LastName_Resume_Regulatory
  • Cover Letter: LastName_CL_Regulatory
  • Writing Sample: LastName_WS_Regulatory

(Example: Jane Doe’s Resume – Doe_Resume_Regulatory)

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