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External Affairs

Manhattan Institute’s External Affairs team works to disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility by cultivating relationships with think tanks and research organizations, non-profits, business groups, grassroots organizations, and federal, state, and local policymakers.

The team drives MI’s government relations and coalition building work through research, events and conferences, polling, and other opportunities and activities.

Previous experience on the Hill or in state and local government is not necessary for this position. An interest in learning from a fast-paced and innovative environment is desired for interested applicants.

Collegiate Associates will:

  • Monitor and flag relevant articles, legislation, hearings, and regulatory developments relevant to MI
  • Synthesize findings from larger MI reports for internal and external stakeholders in various formats (one-pagers, briefing books, emails, databases, etc.)
  • Research potential policy partners in states across the country
  • Conduct outreach to partners
  • Assist in coordinating meetings, taking notes, and updating department databases
  • Watch, take notes, and summarize relevant hearings in Congress, state legislatures, and industry events

Required Skills:

  • Creative problem solver
  • Highly motivated self-starter who is flexible
  • Organized with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Ability to work with a diverse set of individuals
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Experience with formatting
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Preferred Skills:

  • Prior internship and/or relevant work experience
  • Extensive knowledge, interest, and understanding of both the American and New York City political and public policy landscapes

 Click here to apply


Jordan Duecker
52 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 599-7000