Note: AEI currently plans to host the program in person. However, their team will be closely monitoring developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and will take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of participants and instructors.
The American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Summer Honors Program is an intensive, fully-funded educational and professional development opportunity in Washington, DC, for top undergraduate students. Participants in the program have the chance to connect with the ideas, research, and network of AEI, one of America’s preeminent policy think tanks.
Most students accepted to the Summer Honors Program will participate in an intensive one-week seminar, studying a particular area of public policy alongside an AEI scholar or partner instructor and a small group of 16-20 peers. Available subjects, scholars, and dates are described below. Students may apply for multiple courses and then rank their preferences, but will only be admitted for one. Admitted participants will receive a $250 stipend, as well as housing, most lunches and dinners during the week, and reimbursement for travel expenses.
Applicants may also choose to be considered for a prestigious five-week opportunity, called the Summer Honors Academy. Through this program, 10-12 students will be chosen to participate in four different courses from one month in the summer (usually June). As a cohort, they will participate in a series of introductory roundtable discussions, and then they will participate in courses of their choosing during each of the following four weeks. The cohort will also participate in several special briefings during the program and engage in a capstone policy debate. Summer Honors Academy participants will receive a $1,250 stipend, as well as housing, most lunches and dinners during class days, and reimbursement for travel expenses.
Funding: This is a fully-funded program. Participants will receive: reimbursement for travel to DC, housing, a stipend, and lunch and dinner on most class days.