Founded in 1991, BHI is the research arm of the Department of Economics at Suffolk University in Boston. The institute draws on faculty and student resources to produce readable, timely analyses of the issues. It distributes its research to interested citizens and to key opinion leaders and policy makers through various print and electronic media, including its quarterly newsletter, BHI NewsLink; policy studies; BHI FaxSheets; policy forums; opinion editorials; radio and TV interviews; and its website,

BHI publications and events have been the subject of more than 1,000 reports, stories and opinion pieces in major newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, including The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, New Republic, Newsweek, The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times. Coverage in the electronic media includes ABC World News Tonight, C-SPAN, CBS Evening News, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio and all major Boston radio and TV stations as well as AP, UPI, Reuters, and Bloomberg wire services.

BHI specializes in the development of state-of-the-art economic and statistical models for policy analysis.

Visit the BHI website for more information.

Mission and Vision

Statement of Mission

Grounded in the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets, the Beacon Hill Institute engages in rigorous economic research and conducts educational programs for the purpose of producing and disseminating readable analyses of current public policy issues to voters, taxpayers, opinion leaders and policy makers.

Statement of Vision

The Beacon Hill Institute is a world-renowned learning and research center that develops and performs innovative economic and statistical analyses of current and emerging public policy issues. It aims to strengthen that function by: providing local, state, national and international research entities with state-of-the-art tools and economic analyses, partnering with a PhD granting department of economics, and expanding its reputation for providing objective analysis to examine and influence public policy.

Research Topics

Tax Policy

Economic Competitiveness

Government Accountability and Regulation

Economics of AntiTrust


Health and Human Services

Government Operations

Labor Economics




Internship Opportunities at the Beacon Hill Institute

Each semester and during the summer, BHI welcomes qualified college students to intern at our office. We require at least a 10-hour per week commitment of your time, but can offer flexible scheduling within our office hours. The positions are uncompensated but offer rich real-world experience. Previous interns have participated in important Institute projects including: telecommunication taxation, Medicaid spending research; labor policy and school construction in Massachusetts, State Competitiveness Report data gathering; State Tax Analysis Modeling Program (STAMP) data collection and analysis and contributing to our web site development.

Read a recent article from our newsletter about the internship program or read a profile of a participating intern.

For more details, read the job description below to learn more about this great opportunity.
Intern Job Description


  • Research background on policy issues for reports and publications
  • Assist as needed on all aspects of policy research and analysis 
  • Sort and review press articles and policy issue releases
  • Clip and copy articles of interest from newspapers, magazines and journals 
  • Assist with data entry for database and survey tabulation
  • Perform general office assistance


  • Participate in policy research and analysis
  • Experience the "think tank" environment
  • Attend staff and project meetings
  • Work with various staff members
  • Participate in the life of a research project
  • Gain invaluable experience for your career
  • Letters of recommendation for graduate school or employment
  • Learn about the state-based "think-tank" network across the U.S.

Individuals interested in applying for an internship should send a cover letter and resume to:

Frank Conte
Director, Communications and Information Systems
Beacon Hill Institute
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-2770.
Fax: 617-994-4279

BHI Newsletter

BHI's NetLetter is an mailing list for announcements and news from the institute including an electronic version of NEWSLINK.

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Contact Us

Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University

Mailing Address: 8 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: 617-573-8050
Fax: 617-994-4279

The Beacon Hill Institute is located at:

Stahl Building
73 Tremont Street
10th Floor
Boston, MA 02114