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The Center on Opportunity and Social Mobility is a center within the American Enterprise Institute. Our dedicated team conducts rigorous research to examine economic well-being, social and economic mobility, social capital, and other opportunity-related issues.

We are currently hiring for the positions below.


The American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Opportunity and Social Mobility seeks driven, research-oriented summer 2024 interns for its workforce development team. Interns will work closely with Senior Fellow Brent Orrell and staff to research the intersectional domain of workforce development policy. Current projects include analyzing the present and future of work; the skills needed for success in the modern workforce; the continuing effects of COVID-19, automation, and economic trends on employment; worker attitudes and workplace culture; work as a pathway to economic mobility; and workforce issues relating to dislocated and “hidden” workers, including veterans, youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and the neurodiverse. Interns may also engage with certain criminal-justice-related topics, such as recidivism, desistance, and prisoner reentry, that pertain to broader team initiatives.

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The American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Opportunity and Social Mobility (COSM) seeks a driven, research-oriented data intern for summer 2024. The intern will work closely with COSM scholars Kevin Corinth and Scott Winship and COSM staff on quantitative, empirically driven, and policy-informing research that aims to improve opportunity and mobility for low-income Americans. The data intern will assist with studying the determinants of economic mobility and human flourishing in America.

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The Center on Opportunity and Social Mobility (COSM) at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a driven, research-oriented child welfare intern for summer 2024. The intern will work closely with COSM scholar Naomi Schaefer Riley and staff to research, identify, and promote policies that aim to improve the lives of children. The child welfare intern will assist with qualitative research on child maltreatment, substance abuse policies, and other policies related to foster care and adoption. The intern may also assist with other COSM-wide projects.

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The American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Opportunity and Social Mobility (COSM) seeks a driven, research-oriented intern for summer 2024. The intern will work closely with COSM scholars and staff to research, identify, and promote policies that improve opportunity and mobility for low-income Americans. COSM scholars study the determinants of economic mobility and human flourishing in America through empirically driven and policy-informing research.

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