Working in a think tank, you will conduct research and develop policy recommendations to influence change. Think tanks develop papers and studies with specific policy recommendations. Unlike a purely academic research institute, a think tank usually produces research to advance particular policy objectives, rather than a neutral understanding of a study subject. Day-to-day work may include monitoring and analyzing legislative activity, report drafting, writing op-ed’s, and convening stakeholders. It is important to possess a strong understanding of the issue area, as well as a working knowledge of government programs, the public policy process, and the political landscape. Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills and the ability to work on a deadline are necessary in this environment. Previous experience in a policymaking role and other experiences lending deep issue and political insights are also helpful.