How to Join a Think Tank

Written by megan shoop
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Think tanks solve problems through brainstorming. Usually sponsored by universities or large companies, these organisations enact changes by spreading information using e-mail campaigns and petitions. A think tank encourages people to express their opinions; the think tank then takes those opinions to legislators, state representatives and other officials to push for change. Anyone can join a think tank. You don't need an advanced degree or expertise in multiple fields. Generally, think tanks only require that you be passionate about what the group does and dedicated to making needed changes. This makes joining a think tank relatively simple.

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Moderately Easy

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    Decide whether you want to join a think tank online or meet physically with a group. To join a think tank that holds physical group meetings, check your local universities. Many universities have think tanks that work to improve the school's education system as well as the community around the college.

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    Join a think tank online by visiting or You may never meet any other members in person, but both of these online think tanks are larger than local think tanks because they can reach more people.

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    Read the think tank's mission statement carefully. Make sure you agree with everything they advocate. If you disagree with one or two things on their mission statement, find another think tank. It's important that you be able to contribute to your group 100 per cent.

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    Fill out an application. All think tanks have applications that include probing questions to measure your qualifications. Some questions include your areas of expertise, community contributions, education level, personal interests and personality type. The think tank will examine your application as well as interview you. Provide honest responses in both.

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