About CEI

CEI is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. We believe economic freedom is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish. CEI pursues a full-service approach to advancing public policy, which includes conducting original scholarly research, active communications campaigns, direct advocacy with policymakers, and litigation. Founded in 1984, CEI has grown into an effective advocate for freedom on a wide range of critical policy issues, including technology, telecommunications, free market environmentalism, business and finance, and food and drug regulation.  

Culture matters; CEI is a feisty think tank that embraces a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial approach to policy change. Policy analysts are expected to be self-starters, strategic and creative; “policy entrepreneurs,” if you will. Members of the team operate with emphasis’ on personal accountability, accountability to one another and to those in other departments at CEI. They work hard, have a good sense of humor, and are intensely dedicated to conveying CEI’s principles of individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited government. 

About the Role

Job Title: Regulatory Research Assistant 

Project Overview

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is seeking detail-oriented and analytical research assistants to join our team part-time on an exciting project focused on regulatory reform in the state of Mississippi. The project involves examining the regulations of four different regulatory boards to identify and document specific regulatory requirements. This work will contribute to a broader effort to streamline and improve the state’s regulations.  

This position will run through October 31, 2024 with the possibility of extension. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Carefully read and analyze approximately 200-250 pages of state government regulations. 
  • Extract key information from the regulatory text, including specific requirements. 
  • Document findings in a clear and organized manner, following provided templates and instructions. 
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure consistent and accurate data collection. 
  • Communicate progress, challenges, and insights to the project lead on a regular basis. 
  • Maintain a strong attention to detail and a commitment to high-quality work. 


  • Strong reading comprehension and analytical skills. 
  • Ability to distill complex information into clear and concise summaries. 
  • Familiarity with legal or regulatory terminology is a plus, but not required. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel. 
  • Excellent organizational and time management abilities. 
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or current enrollment in a bachelor’s program in a relevant field (e.g., public policy, law, political science, business). 

This position offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in regulatory analysis and to contribute to a meaningful reform effort. The work will be conducted remotely, with regular check-ins and team meetings. The expected time commitment is 5-10 hours per week, with flexibility to accommodate academic schedules. 

Resumes are only being accepted from candidates who reside in Maryland, DC, or Virginia. Special consideration may be given to candidates who reside in other locations depending on qualifications and residency. 

If you are a self-starter with a keen eye for detail and an interest in public policy and regulatory affairs, we encourage you to apply. Please submit your resume and brief cover letter to [email protected]