This external sponsorship/academic credit summer internship, beginning in June 2018, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with interests in law, history, public policy, and international relations 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.
Students will have an opportunity learn a variety of research and analytical skills such as legal and archival research, literature reviews, editing, crafting citations, fact-checking, and other general research support. The topic areas include, but are not limited to: rule of law; ethics and conflicts of interest; criminal justice; anti-corruption laws and efficacy; money in politics; open governance and government transparency initiatives; 20th century European history, international relations, diplomacy
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 students (who have completed sophomore year) working towards a degree in political science, history, public policy, pre-law, and related fields are encouraged to apply. A quantitative background is a plus, but not required. Our most successful interns are comfortable working with a wide variety of subject matters, creative, and can quickly adapt to changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment.
Preferred qualifications: A demonstrated interest in law, history, diplomacy, and/or international relations; additional interests in transparency initiatives, ethics, and/or campaign finance are pluses. Strong research, writing, and analysis skills are required. Experience with fact checking and citations and familiarity with primary and secondary source research; PowerPoint; Excel preferred.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings. Successful applicants will additionally be required to provide two letters of recommendation or contact information for two references.
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.Graduate students should also submit their graduate transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
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.