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2018 AEI Summer Honors Program


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.

The program gathers students from diverse ideological backgrounds for substantive dialogue and debate about the most pressing issues facing the country and world. The core feature of the program is discussion-based seminars that offer participants forums to delve deeply into policy areas of their choice. Each seminar features 20-25 students and is led by AEI scholars or other policy practitioners, including renowned economists and foreign policy experts. Outside of the seminars, students participate in policy briefings with distinguished guests, high-level networking events, and site visits in Washington.

In 2018, four courses (of the 11 total) were offered through the Values & Capitalism initiative and were specifically for Christian college students, including:

June 4–8, 2018

International Economic Development: Why Institutions Matter, led by Dr. Stephen Smith (Hope College)
Capitalism & Christianity: Do Markets Allow Us to Love Our Neighbor, led by Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley (Institute for Faith, Work & Economics)

June 18–22, 2018

Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, led by Dr. John Inazu (Washington University School of Law)
The Christian Faith and American Foreign Policy, led by Dr. William Indoben (University of Texas at Austin)

In total, 86 students from colleges and universities across the country participated in the V&C portion of the program (over 220 students participated in the 2018 Summer Honors Program overall). Guest speakers included: Peter Greer (HOPE International), Justin Giboney (& Campaign), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), Stephanie Summers (Center for Public Justice), and more. 

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Applications for the 2019 AEI Summer Honors Program will open in October 2018.