American Capitalism Seminar

The American Capitalism Seminar (ACS) is a graduate-level course in Washington, D.C. examining the role of the free market system in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, and in turn, transforming the U.S. into an economic hegemon. Topics covered will include the history of American capitalism; monetary policy and inflation; tax and fiscal policy; and the role of the corporation.

ACS aims to educate young professionals by deepening their understanding of economic policy, finance, and the interaction between law and economics.

ACS is hosted by The Public Interest Fellowship and will be taught by leading academics, policymakers, journalists, and investment professionals.

The seminar will consist of 10-12 sessions from late October until May. All sessions will be held from 6:00-8:30 pm. Fellows will be expected to complete brief assigned readings prior to each lecture. Some seminars will be held in-person in Washington, D.C., and other sessions will be conducted virtually with lecturers from around the country. TPIF will host happy hours and other optional events in the DC area throughout the course for ACS fellows.


ACS seeks a first-rate cohort of highly committed and driven mid-level professionals (25-35 years old) with a minimum of three years of work or graduate school experience. Fellows must be able to attend in-person programming in Washington, D.C. roughly once every three weeks.

This seminar is ideal for those working in government, journalism, think tanks, or other policy-relevant institutions. Successful candidates will have a professional background in economy policy, domestic politics, or finance and investing.

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The ideal fellow is a young professional committed to preserving liberty, upholding free markets, defending constitutionalism, promoting a robust civil society, and fostering United States leadership abroad.