Regulatory Policy Internship - Fall 2013 Term
American Action Forum - Washington, DC

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Job Description As an intern in the regulatory policy issue area, you will report directly to Sam Batkins, the Director of Regulatory Policy at the American Action Forum. Batkins focuses his research on examining the rulemaking efforts of administrative agencies and Congress. His work has appeared in Politico , National Review Online , Reuters, and Investors Business Daily , among other publications.

Batkins publishes a weekly regulation roundup and ongoing regulatory burden database on the American Action Forum website . His work highlights the incredible burden placed on small businesses by drawing attention to additional paperwork burden hours, currently more than 10.3 billion. The regulation issue area often interacts with other Forum issue areas heavily impacted by federal rulemakings, such as healthcare, environmental, energy, and tax policy.

A few examples of projects completed by previous interns in the Regulatory Policy Internship Program include:
  • Wrote issue briefs on pending regulatory reform legislation in the House
  • Aided with formal comment letters to administrative agencies
  • Compiled vote database on important regulatory votes 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 - the final papers will be published on the Forums website.

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
  • Ability to work independently and develop new research ideas
  • Quantitative skills are desired but not required
  • Basic knowledge of federal regulatory process

Additional Information Please include in your application a preferred start date, resume, cover letter, and writing sample of less than 1,000 words.

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