Summer 2018, Research and Events Intern, Center for Middle East Policy

Posted Date 1 month ago(1/23/2018 9:06 AM)
Foreign Policy
Unpaid - Academic Credit/External Sponsorship


This academic credit summer internship, beginning in June 2018, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an interest in the Middle East and North Africa region and U.S. policy regarding regional issues to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.

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.The internship is based in Washington, DC and will last approximately 10-12 weeks.


Learning Objectives


The intern will acquire substantive professional experience while working at Brookings with the Center for Middle East Policy (CMEP)  staff and scholars to assist with providing programmatic and administrative assistance, events coordination, and research support. By the end of the internship, students will hone organizational, analytical, and professional interpersonal skills while assisting CMEP in its mission to foster high-level U.S. – Middle Eastern dialogue on the changes in Middle East and the global challenges that affect the regional relations. 


The intern will gain first-hand experience in public policy and international affairs by assisting in the logistical planning and implementation of conferences, roundtables, briefings, and other meetings; researching developing issues in Middle East; monitoring current developments in relevant research areas; proofreading, fact-checking, and editing research materials; collecting, reviewing, summarizing, and assembling relevant literature materials from a wide variety of sources; compiling and updating mailing, media, and invitation lists; attending foreign policy events; briefing CMEP staff members; and general administrative 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.




Graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. international affairs, foreign policy, political science, international law, international political economy, or related fileds) may apply.  Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply.


Acute attention to detail, excellent research and writing, editing, and professional communication are highly desirable.  Exceptional character and excellent organizational, reasoning, and analytical skills are integral.  A keen ability to understand foreign policy issues is important, along with good interpersonal skills, flexibility, discretion, and capacity to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in a fast-paced and highly productive atmosphere.  English fluency is required; proficiency in a regional language is a plus.  Working knowledge of MS Excel and MS Word is required.


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 experience 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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