The Survey Center on American Life is a project of the American Enterprise Institute. Our dedicated team conducts original survey research to examine how cultural, political, and technological changes affect the lives of everyday Americans.

Interested in joining the team? Please see below for opportunities.

Internships are available at the Survey Center on American Life for the Fall, Spring, and Summer to experienced undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates.


Intern – Fall 2021

We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2021 internship.

Please note that AEI’s fall 2021 internship cohort and related programming will take place in person at our office in Washington, DC. However, some positions may join our program remotely on a case-by-case basis. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are interested in participating in our cohort remotely.

Recent Commentary

Daniel A. Cox, Brent Orrell
July 25, 2021

We asked hundreds of unemployed Americans what’s keeping them out of work — it’s not unemployment benefits

The Survey Center for American Life’s new survey shows a difference in needs between the pandemic unemployed and the chronically unemployed. Continue reading on Insider

Just-married couple gets off a party bus while bridal party celebrates them

Daniel A. Cox
July 20, 2021

Can married men and women be friends? Marriage, friendship, and loneliness

The time we invest on our relationships, whether it is with a partner, spouse, or a friend, is likely the most important thing we can do to ensure a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Silhouette of a young man standing outside an apartment window

Daniel A. Cox
July 6, 2021

American men suffer a friendship recession

After a prolonged period of social isolation, Americans are dusting off their social calendars. But as Americans try to rebuild and reconnect, a new survey conducted by the Survey Center on American Life finds that the social landscape is far less favorable than it once was.

COVID-19 vaccination stickers sit in waiting during the Columbus Public Health drop-in clinic at Stonewall Columbus in the Short

Daniel A. Cox
June 29, 2021

Peer pressure, not politics, may matter most when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Americans experience widely different levels of social pressure to get the COVID-19 vaccine. And for better or worse, our friends exercise considerable influence over the information we have and the decisions we make.