AEI on Campus – Executive Councils

Program Description
Our campus Executive Councils are teams of no more than six students per campus who are hand-selected to serve in a leadership capacity for one school year, directing AEI programs on their . They are responsible for contributing to a robust on-campus debate on free enterprise and American leadership in the world.

All accepted students commit to a minimum of one academic year as an Executive Council member. Each spring, members may request to stay on for an additional year. That request will be evaluated based on past performance.


  • Lead AEI's campus outreach at your college or university
  • Participate in exclusive networking dinners and events with top entrepreneurs, business leaders, and scholars
  • Attend leadership conferences in Washington, DC, and other key cities
  • Organize campus events including lectures, debates, reading groups, and more
  • Gain access to AEI resources, speakers, funding, and day-to-day support from AEI staff 

Core Responsibilities

  • Create and organize a policy conference on your campus, featuring panels, keynotes, and networking receptions. Work with AEI staff to build an agenda, invite speakers, and publicize the event.
  • Host a Leadership Dinner with a special guest and an invitation-only list of student leaders.

Additional activities

  • Distribute AEI resources on campus
  • Host a student-centered public policy event (Example: student debate or panel discussion)
  • Co-sponsor a policy event hosted by another student organization or academic department
  • Write an op-ed or article for your school newspaper, a local paper, or a major website leveraging or highlighting AEI scholarship
  • Host a live-stream showing of an AEI event in your dorm lounge or student center & host a post-event discussion with attendees
  • Organize a student essay competition or video contest, and AEI will share any great pieces on its website
  • Organize a monthly book club featuring work authored by AEI scholars or other recommended writers 

Field Coordinators
Students not chosen as Executive Council members may apply to serve as a Field Coordinator and will receive the biweekly Campus Update e-newsletter and assist in hosting events, coordinating student outreach, and advertising opportunities on campus. Field Coordinators are eligible to apply for Executive Council positions the following year.

Want to learn more?

  • Attend a Virtual Info Session
    Hear directly from a member of the Campus Programs team about the details of the program, and get your questions answered. Be sure to RVSP for one of the sessions below.

    Upcoming sessions:
    Information Session #1: Monday, April 21: 4 – 4:45 p.m.
    Information Session #2: Thursday, April 24: 3 – 3:45 p.m.
    Information Session #3: Tuesday, April 29: 5 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Talk to a member of the AEI Campus Programs team
    Can't attend one of the info sessions above? No problem. Contact us, and we'll set up a phone call or take your questions via email.

    Scott Fyall,, 202-828-6028
    Anna Eames,, 202-862-7181
  • Ready to apply?
    There are three deadlines to become an Executive Council member for the 2014-15 academic year. You will be accepted, rejected, or deferred to a later pool.

  • June 8, 2014
  • August 3, 2014
  • October 5, 2014


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    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Graduation day: How dads’ involvement impacts higher education success

    Join a diverse group of panelists — including sociologists, education experts, and students — for a discussion of how public policy and culture can help families lay a firmer foundation for their children’s educational success, and of how the effects of paternal involvement vary by socioeconomic background.

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Getting it right: A better strategy to defeat al Qaeda

    This event will coincide with the release of a new report by AEI’s Mary Habeck, which analyzes why current national security policy is failing to stop the advancement of al Qaeda and its affiliates and what the US can do to develop a successful strategy to defeat this enemy.

    Friday, April 25, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    Obamacare’s rocky start and uncertain future

    During this event, experts with many different views on the ACA will offer their predictions for the future.   

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