Summer 2018, Open Governance Internship, Governance Studies

2 weeks ago(1/11/2018 11:54 AM)
Governance Studies


This summer internship, beginning in June 2018, is a paid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates, and graduate students with an interest in public policy, political science, and/or economics to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.

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 fewer than 35 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.


Interns will provide research support (and logistical/programmatic support, as needed) to scholars and staff associated with a new project focused on open governance approaches and interventions in the natural resource space, housed within Governance Studies at Brookings. The topic areas associated with this project include, but are not limited to: Transparency, accountability, and participation initiatives; Natural resource governance; Global anti-corruption efforts; and Mixed methods research.


Interns will have an opportunity to learn and/or strengthen a variety of research skills such as data collection; data entry, editing, and other general research support such as copyediting and fact-checking articles and other publications; building annotated bibliographies; compiling bios and developing topic syntheses in advance of stakeholder meetings; and drafting research memos.

In addition to providing research and programmatic support, 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 in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates with less than one year post-graduation, and graduate students working towards a degree in public policy, political science, economics, or a related field are encouraged to apply.


Our most successful interns have: A demonstrated interest in open governance, anti-corruption, and/or natural resource governance issues; Strong writing, analytic, and internet-based research skills; Experience with fact-checking, data entry, and editing; Familiarity with data collection, Excel, Stata/SPSS, database management, and/or economic statistics. 


Additional Information


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.Additionally, for this internship you must submit a college transcript and writing sample with your other application materialsGraduate 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.



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