The think tank that I looked into was the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network.
I found this think tank particularly interesting because it is the first (and I think only) student-run policy research group in the United States. This think tank was established in 2004 at Stanford University and Yale University following the 2004 presidential election. The Roosevelt Institution was founded by “disillusioned young progressives seeking a stronger voice in American policymaking.” Although one might assume that this think tank is funded by a university, it is actually privately funded by the students who run it, along with help from donations. I tought it was pretty cool that actual college kids got together and were actually able to accomplish getting their voices heard. As Roosevelt’s founders put it: “Colleges are already effectively think tanks — just not effective think tanks”.
Personally, this is exactly the type of think tank that I would want to work for. Maybe not the same topic of policy making, but definitely the way it is run. I think it would be great to work for an organization that is basically run by your peers who have similar goals to your own. I feel that if I worked for a government or university run think tank there would be endless obstacles and restrictions. But working for a think tank such as this one with a clear purpose that aligns with your own could be very fun. If I could create a think tank of my own, I would have it serve the purpose of making the drinking age in America 18. One of my biggest pet peeves about this country is that you can be drafted into the army at 18 but can’t legally drink. What that basically says to me is that I’m old enough to die, but not man enough to drink. America is one of just a handful of countries that has a legal drinking age of 21. If I had a think tank, I would conduct research and provide evidence to show that lowering the drinking age would not casue any problems. Practically every other developed country has a drinking age of 18, and they don’t seem any worse off. If anything, lowering the drinking age would serve to cut out a lot of the legal nonsense that occurs between the ages of 18 and 21. And it might help people mature faster as well. Pretty much eveyone drinks in college, why not just align the drinking age with the typical starting point of higher education? Coming back from being abroad and going back to being “underage” must be pretty depressing. So, I would push for the drinking age to be lowered for America. We can “handle” it, pun intended.