Spring 2018 Communications Internship, Governance Studies

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 with an interest in communications, media relations, journalism, digital strategy, political science, and/or public policy 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 provide direct support to the Governance Studies communications team and have an opportunity to learn a variety of communication skills such as media relations, social media communication, paper editing, blogging, web publishing, and layout and dissemination of publications and scholarly work.


Interns will assist in  a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: Researching and identifying relevant media targets and updating media lists to reflect editorial staff and beat changes; Staffing public events and assisting with live Tweeting of events when appropriate; Helping to draft social media language and content, especially for Twitter; Monitoring print and broadcast media for coverage that includes mention of projects and experts; Supporting work to promote Governance Studies research, experts, events, and news; Assisting with media relations outreach activities, as appropriate; Working closely with the Web Specialist to optimize Governance Studies work and scholars on Brookings.edu website, as well as amplify scholarly research on social media;

Assisting with layout and design of research papers, as appropriate; Drafting blog posts.


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.




Undergraduate students working toward a degree in public policy, political science, English, communications, journalism, and/or media relations are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have strong writing, social media, analytical, and multi-tasking skills. Experience with web publishing and InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop is preferred. Experience with copy editing and/or knowledge of media databases like Cision is a plus.


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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