Policy Institutes/Think Tanks


Policy institutes, or, think tanks, are organizations that are dedicated to researching solutions for society’s problems ranging from economic concerns, healthcare, to the environment. Think tank analysts come from every field & interest sector, so if you’re a gifted & dedicated problem-solver, a policy institute career may be right for you.


Resources from the career services Library

14.07 Career Opportunities in Politics, Government, & Activism

4.07 Career Opportunities in the Nonprofit Sector

4.11 Harvard Business School Guide to Careers in the Nonprofit Sector

The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-Time Jobseekers


General Lists of Policy Institutes/Think Tanks

PSU Libraries think tank research guide

Sourcewatch’s list of think tanks

Washington State University (Vancouver) list of political advocacy groups

Center for Public Integrity list of top lobbying firms

University of Pennsylvania Int’l Relations program guide to think tank rankings

Harvard Kennedy School think tank directory

National Institute for Research Advancement think tank directory

Foreign Affairs Online think tank directory

Baylor University economics-related think tanks

Michigan State University library think tank list

Open Directory Project list of policy organizations


Well-Known Think Tanks:

Health policy – Brookings Institution

Education – Education Sector

Environmental – Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Security – RAND Corporation

Economic Policy – Cato Institute

Social Policy – Urban Institute

Science & Technology – American Enterprise Institute

Foreign Policy - list from U.S. Dept. of State


Internships & Job Resources:

Riley Guide’s list of job/resource sites for think tanks/nonprofits - http://www.rileyguide.com/nonprof.html

Washington Internship Institute - http://www.wiidc.org/

DC Internships - http://www.dcinternships.org/index.asp

The Washington Center - http://www.twc.edu/

Downey McGrath Group (lobbying firm) - http://www.dmggroup.com/internships.htm

Open Secrets internships - http://www.opensecrets.org/about/intern.php

U.S. Department of State list of think tank job resources - http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/79982.htm

www.Internships-usa.com guides - Washington Internships in Law & Policy & Internships
in International Affairs


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