The American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Honors Program is a series of educational and professional development opportunities in Washington, DC, for top undergraduate students. Students in the program have the chance to connect with the ideas, research, and network of AEI, one of America’s preeminent think tanks. In downtown Washington, DC. Most sessions are held at AEI’s headquarters. Students will be housed at the George Washington University dormitories, which are a 20-minute walk from AEI.

The Summer Honors Program is fully-funded. AEI provides lodging, meals, a travel voucher, and a stipend to cover the costs of the program.  
Who should apply for the Summer Honors Program?

The 2019 AEI Summer Honors Program is available to undergraduate students graduating in the winter of 2018 or later. Applicants are not required to be US citizens, nor are they required to have studied in the US. However, all courses are taught in English. The most competitive applicants have excellent academic standing (3.3 GPA or above), leadership positions on or off campus, and a demonstrated interest in public policy. 

Deadline: Monday – February 11th, 2019

Required Documents to submit to IEO, Room no N-13 by the deadline:

  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Resume
  • Please attach a cover letter, in PDF format, explaining your interest in and qualifications for the Summer Honors Program.  If you would like to be considered for the Summer Honors Academy or the Values & Capitalism courses, please explain your particular interest in those programs.
  • If applying to the Summer Honors Academy, please attach a writing sample of 1,500-2,500 words in PDF format.  The sample should be an academic paper, written on a topic related to politics, economics, public policy, history, or philosophy.

Also answer to the following questions: 

  • Which book has most influenced your thinking on public policy, economics, or political philosophy?  Why? (250 words or less)
  • What do you think is the most pressing public policy challenge facing the United States today? Why? (250 words or less)

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