Summer 2018, Africa Growth Initiative Research Internship, Global Economy and Development

2 weeks ago(1/11/2018 11:45 AM)
Global Economy and Development
Unpaid/Academic Credit


This external sponsorship/academic credit, summer internship, beginning in June 2018, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year, recent college graduates, and graduate students, with an interest in the political economy of Africa, 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. This is a 40 hour per week internship, during regular business hours, with some flexibility around an academic course schedule, if needed. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.


Learning Objectives


The intern will assist with research on current regional, functional and country issues; extract relevant information related to country, sector and institution case studies; draft annotated bibliographies and literature reviews; and assist with the preparation of publications. The intern may also help maintain and update existing datasets, and perform quantitative analysis. 
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 in a relevant field (i.e. economics, political science, statistics, international development,etc) or recent college graduates.

Candidates should have an interest in Africa, political economy, economics, and international development. The intern will need a wide variety of research and other skills, including the ability to find, read and synthesize information thoroughly and efficiently; respond to tight deadlines; and to organize information with exceptional attention to detail. Excellent organization and communication skills, both written and oral; the abilities to accomplish tasks efficiently without supervision, and to collaborate with others; and a willingness and enthusiasm to learn are required. Proficiency in one or more of the following programs is also required: R, Stata, SPSS or Excel.


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 experienc e 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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