Have you ever wondered what actually happens in a ‘think tank’? I remember hearing this term as a kid and envisioning a bunch of people in professional clothes, just thinking, in tanks, somewhere underground, like in a bunker. Not exactly, but there is some truth to it. A think tank is a “body of experts providing advice and ideas on specific political or economic problems.” Policy Analysts make up the “body of experts” the definition is referring to and their role is devoted to researching complex problems and proposing solutions – across all types of fields, industries and institutions. The bottom line is, if you are an individual who enjoys research, investigation, data and statistics, writing and influencing new policies and solutions – this could be an ideal career for you. Check out the following brief article Policy Analysts: Shaping society through research and problem-solving from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics to get started.
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Join the Roosevelt Network at Binghamton University, which is an active chapter of the national Roosevelt Institute. The Roosevelt Network is “an undergraduate, non-partisan policy organization at Binghamton University. We research, write, and advocate for policy solutions to different community issues.” They focus on issues including: Energy and Environment, Human Rights, Education, Economic Development, Democratic Access and Healthcare.