Government & Capitol Hill: Think Tanks

Think tanks, sometimes referred to as policy intitutes, are groups or institutions organized to conduct wide-ranging research, formulate solutions to problems, and issue extensive reports on research findings, especially in the areas of technology, social or political strategy or armament. Think tanks are generally non-profit organizations that may be non-partisan or have a conservative or liberal perspective. They usually strive to shape policy through indirect means such as educating the public or informing political leaders in these areas. By and large they do not engage in lobbying. Think tanks are as ubiquitous in the American political scene as interest groups and media consultants. Extensive and unique research should be done if you are interested in pursuing this area as a career path. Networking is key to entre into the field.














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