Summer 2018, Education Innovations Research Internship, Center for Universal Education

2 weeks ago(1/11/2018 11:42 AM)
Global Economy and Development
$13.25/ per hour


This summer internship, beginning in June 2018, is a paid opportunity for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, and senior year or graduate students, with an interest in trends in global education innovation.

This 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 wil provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.  This internship pays an hourly rate of $13.25, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 30 hours per week, but potentially 40 hours per week), during regular business hours, with some flexibility around an academic course schedule, if needed. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.


The Center for Universal Education’s education innovations team will build on its September 2017 report, Can We Leapfrog? The Potential of Education Innovations to Rapidly Accelerate Progress. The team will conduct research on novel education models around the world - with a focus on identifying promising practices, global trends, and insights into how these models are best implemented. The intern’s responsibilities will involve three broad activities: 1) assisting in the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the team’s global education innovations catalog 2)  researching and drafting literature reviews on education innovations and 3) analyzing interviews and assisting in compiling case study data on education innovations. 


In collaboration with the team's research assistant, the intern will be tasked with conducting qualitative trends analyses, using the database and maintaining an active list of trends.  The intern will conduct background research on themes related to education innovations, drafting framing chapters for the team's upcomping reports and books.  The intern may, also, be tasked to transcribe, code and analyze interviews with innovation stakeholders and/or field observation notes on education innovations.  S/he will organize trends findings, background research, and interview/observation analyses in Word for review at twice monthly meetings.



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.



Applicants need to be graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their freshman year) working towards a degree or recent college graduates. There is no required academic field for this position, but candidates should be comfortable working with, and analyzing qualitative data, including interview and ethnographic field notes, and synthesizing large amounts of literature.  A degree or progress toward a degree in sociology, anthropology, political science, education, or public policy may be helpful.Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills, as well as skills drafting detailed literature reviews, are required.  Candidates should also have a demonstrated interest in education – preferably international education and possess strong writing, literature synthesis, and organizational skills.  Knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Access is an asset.


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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