Spring 2018 Research Intern, Center for Effective Public Management

1 month ago
Governance Studies
Unpaid- Academic Credit/or External Sponsorship


This academic credit/ external sponsorship spring internship, beginning in January 2018, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, recent college graduates, or graduate students with an interest in identifying and solving political and governance challenges in 21st century America, to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.



This unpaid internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.


Learning Objectives


Students will have an opportunity learn a variety of research skills such as data collection, editing, and general research support. The topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Campaigns, elections, and voting – specifically as related to the 2018 election cycle
  • Implementation of public policy, e.g. immigration reform, tax policy, and marijuana legalization
  • Regulatory policy
  • Organizational and political challenges to effective federal government management
  • Tracking legislation and various indicators of democratic functioning
  • Political parties, electoral and institutional reform, federalism, and improving civic education and political media.


Interns should expect to spend a significant portion of their time helping to develop a database of candidates for the 2018 congressional primaries. Relevant tasks include coding candidate websites and collecting campaign finance data.


In addition to providing support to the scholars directly, interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.




Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in a relevant field. Interest in political and governance challenges in 21st century America or public policy research. Applicants should have strong writing and analytical skills and strong team work ethic.


Additional Information:


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.


Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.


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