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2021 Summer Associates Program

The Initiative on Faith & Public Life’s Summer Associates Program is a fully-funded summer internship program in Washington, DC for up to ten undergraduates who attend Christian colleges and have been accepted to the 2021 AEI Summer Honors Program (SHP). In addition to their participation in a week-long SHP course, students will remain in DC for a summer-long internship at AEI or a partner organization; participate in bi-weekly roundtable discussions about readings on Christian work, calling, and engagement in the public square; and attend three field studies in the DC area. Our goal is to make a summer internship experience in Washington financially feasible for students, while immersing them in intentional Christian community and giving them the chance to consider what it looks like to work and engage faithfully in contemporary public life.

Note: We currently expect the program to be able to take place in person in Washington, DC. However, our team will be following developments in the COVID-19 pandemic closely and will take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of participants. 

Location
Washington, DC
Dates
June 3 – August 7, 2021
Funding
$2,500 living stipend + housing + reimbursement for travel to DC
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021

Note: All applicants must also submit a separate application for the AEI Summer Honors Program at this link before the Early Decision Deadline of January 4.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Program Components

 

Summer Honors Program: All students will participate in a one-week course through the 2021 AEI Summer Honors Program.

Internship: A core component of the program is a summer-long, DC-based internship. The Faith & Public Life team will assist students throughout the application process, especially for internship positions at AEI or partner organizations. However, students must apply separately for these positions (even those at AEI) and are ultimately responsible for securing their own internship at least three weeks before the program begins.

Christian community: A unique feature of this program is its focus on intentional Christian community. We think this is especially valuable in cities like DC, where the stresses of work, achievement, and isolation are all too common. To cultivate this community, students will be housed together and have frequent group gatherings, as well as several excursions to notable locations in the DC area.

Roundtable discussions: Students will meet on seven occasions over the course of the summer to share meals and discuss readings with the Faith & Public Life team. Selected readings span literature, political philosophy, theology, and poetry, and topics that will be covered include: Christian work and calling, achievement and failure, and Christian participation in politics and secular society.

Mentorship: Each student will be paired with a mentor to meet 2-3 times over the course of the summer. Mentors are hand-picked professionals in our network, who work in a sector of interest to each individual student.

 

Questions?

Contact the Initiative on Faith & Public Life team at [email protected].

2020 Summer Associates Program: Inaugural Class

From left to right, including their summer internship placement

Katherine Cvancara, George Fox University, 2020
Institute on Religion and Democracy

Caitlyn Aversman, John Brown University, 2022
Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

Brett Bauman, Wheaton College, 2022
American Enterprise Institute – Latin America Studies

Seth Billingsley, John Brown University, 2021
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Collin Slowey, Baylor University, 2021
American Enterprise Institute – Initiative on Faith & Public Life

Beth Butler, Baylor University, 2021
Ethics & Public Policy Center – Faith Angle Forum

Mary Kathryn Daigle, Wheaton College, 2021
Center for Public Justice

Pat McNamara, Taylor University, 2020
Office of US Rep. Lauren Underwood

Mikael Good, Patrick Henry College, 2020
The Trinity Forum

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a rising junior, senior, or recent graduate.
  • Applicants must also apply to the Summer Honors Program before the early decision deadline on January 4, 2021.
  • International students are eligible.

Application Instructions

  • The Summer Honors Program application requires a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, three short answer responses, and one letter of recommendation. The application can be found at this link.
  • In addition to the Summer Honors Program application, students must submit two 500-1,000 word essays: 1) The first essay must describe why you would like to participate in the Summer Associates Program, including: why you would like to spend the summer working in Washington, DC; how this program fits into your future plans; and why the financial support that this program provides would be particularly beneficial to you. 2) The second essay must describe your views on the role of Christians in contemporary politics and society. Why should Christians be actively involved in public life and what does faithful engagement entail?

Beth Butler

The Summer Associates Program made spending a summer in DC an edifying and fruitful experience. By providing community, housing, and mentorship, SAP has cultivated a summer well-spent in vocational discernment and an introduction into life and work in DC.

Seth Billingsley

The Summer Associates Program has provided me with the opportunity to live and work in DC with an incredible group of young professionals. This unique experience allowed me to meet new people and engage with challenging theological and political questions. I am incredibly thankful for this program.

Caitlyn Aversman

The Summer Associates Program has been influential in allowing me to meet with mid-career professionals in my ideal field. The advice and networking that AEI was able to support me with will bring many benefits to my future.