Housing and Financial Services Policy Internship – Summer 2014
American Action Forum - Washington, DC

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Job Description As an intern in the financial services and housing policy issue area, you will report directly to Satya Thallam, the Director of Financial Services Policy, and Andy Winkler, the Director of Housing Finance Policy, at the American Action Forum. Satya previously worked as Deputy Director for Research and Policy at the Law & Economics Center and Research Faculty at George Mason University School of Law. Prior to that he was founder and Director of the Financial Markets Working Group at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, winner of the 2010 Templeton Award. He was also the 2007 Hernando de Soto Fellow, a Research Associate at the Mercatus Center, and acting director of fiscal policy at the Goldwater Institute. He also acts as an expert advisor to groups such Pulitzer Prize winner PolitiFact, the Congressional Oversight Panel, a consultant with American Continental Group, and was senior editor of the journal Lombard Street. He graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a degree in economics and was a doctoral student in economics at Emory University.

Andy worked previously at the American Action Forum as a Policy Analyst focusing on housing and economics and at the International Center at the University of Missouri. He also started at the Forum as a Tax and Economic Policy intern. He received his B.A. from the University of Missouri.

A few examples of potential projects as an intern in the Housing and Financial Services Policy Internship Program include:
  • Research, write and edit primers
  • Write blogs and op-eds about financial and housing policy topics
  • Compile data and produced graphs for an online chart book
  • Research and write longer, in depth, papers


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 32 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

Qualifications Requirements
  • Excellent writing ability and communication skills
  • An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
  • Self-starting attitude
  • Prior coursework in economics, business, real estate or related experiences
  • Strong quantitative skills are highly desired
  • Advanced familiarity with Stata or SAS; data collection from Fed and industry sites is preferred

Additional Information 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_Housing

Cover Letter: LastName_CL_Housing

Writing Sample: LastName_WS_Housing

(Example: Jane Doe’s Resume – Doe_Resume_Housing)