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Fiscal Policy Internship – Spring 2018

Location: Washington, DC

Department: Fiscal Policy

Type: Internship

Min. Experience: Student (College)

As an intern in the fiscal policy issue area, you will report directly to Gordon Gray, the Director of Fiscal Policy at the American Action Forum. Gray joins the Forum after distinguishing himself in a series of congressional and campaign positions. Most recently he served as senior policy advisor to Senator Rob Portman, and also served as policy director during Senator Portman’s campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, he was a professional staff member for the Senate Budget Committee, and before that was deputy director of domestic and economic policy for Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign. He also spent several years with the American Enterprise Institute.

Fiscal policy interns will primarily focus on policy matters related to all elements of federal spending and tax policy. This focus will also include efforts to better understand and communicate how those policies interact with the broader economy. As part of this effort, interns will work on general macroeconomic issues.

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

  • Drafted primers and other reports on key elements of the economic and fiscal policy, including a comprehensive report the government-wide implications of a shutdown,  a review of international reforms to the disability assistance programs, an estimate of overseas regulatory capital holdings, and an assessment of the economic risks of certain international tax reforms
  • Created consolidated historical economic and budget database
  • Researched and authored background reports on federal tax policy


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
  • Interns will be responsible for bringing their own computer/equipment
  • This is a part-time, paid internship


  • Excellent writing ability and communication skills
  • An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
  • Self-starting attitude
  • Quantitative skills are required

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_Fiscal
  • Cover Letter: LastName_CL_Fiscal
  • Writing Sample: LastName_WS_Fiscal

(Example: Jane Doe’s Resume – Doe_Resume_Fiscal)

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