Summer 2018, Congressional Primaries Internship, Center for Effective Public Management

2 weeks ago(1/11/2018 12:22 PM)
Governance Studies
Unpaid/Academic Credit


This academic credit summer internship, beginning in June 2018, is an unpaid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an interest in congressional elections and U.S. government.

Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 30 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.


Learning Objectives


Students will primarily help compile a comprehensive database of candidates for the 2018 congressional primaries by collecting data from candidate websites and the Federal Election Commission. Additionally, may track congressional hearings, search for news and scholarly sources, fact-check blog posts and other publications, and write memos. Additional research topics covered by the Center for Effective Public Management include marijuana regulation, presidential powers, and natural resource governance. 

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 toward a degree in public policy and/or political science are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have strong writing, analytical, and qualitative and quantitative research skills. Experience in data collection and strong Microsoft Excel skills are highly preferred.



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 experienc e 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 materials. 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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