Summer 2018, American Government and Congress Internship, Governance Studies

2 weeks ago(1/11/2018 11:53 AM)
Governance Studies
Unpaid/Academic Credit


This academic credit/ external sponsorship internship, beginning in June 2018, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in public policy and political science 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 skills such as data collection, editing and general research support. The topic areas include, but are not limited to: Collecting, fact-checking, and helping to maintain Vital Statistics on Congress; Congress and congressional procedure; political polarization; congressional gridlock; reforming government; Taxation, including citizen attitudes about taxation, social welfare impacts of tax policy; Voter registration, including the registration of underrepresented groups; Survey methodology, data management and processing techniques, data science principles


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 their sophomore year) working towards a degree in public policy or political science are encouraged to apply.  Our most successful interns have: A demonstrated interest in American politics and policy; congress and congressional reform; and/or electoral politics; Strong writing, analytic and internet-based research skills; Experience with fact-checking, summarizing new information, creating literature reviews; Familiarity with data collection; data management; tools including Excel, Stata, R, and/or Python


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.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.



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