This external sponsorship/academic credit fall internship, beginning in September 2018, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year with interests in law, history, public policy, and international relations 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 and analytical skills such as legal and archival research, literature reviews, editing, crafting citations, written and oral policy briefings, fact-checking, and other general research support. The topic areas include, but are not limited to:rule of law; ethics and conflicts of interest; criminal justice; anti-corruption laws and efficacy; money in politics; 20th century European history, international relations, diplomacy; open governance and government transparency initiatives.
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 (who have completed sophomore year) working towards a degree in political science, history, public policy, pre-law, philosophy, and related fields are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns are comfortable working with a wide variety of subject matters, creative, and can quickly adapt to changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment.
Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in law, history, diplomacy, and/or international relations, with a particular focus on Europe and transatlantic relations. Additional interests in transparency initiatives, ethics, and/or campaign finance are pluses. Our most successful candidates have strong research, writing, and analysis skills, experience with fact checking and citations, and a familiarity with primary and secondary source research. Experience with PowerPoint and Excel is required.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.
Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter and any additional documents requested as additional attachments and reference this job ID in the title of each attachment. When you apply, the system will instruct you to attach your resume/cover letter as one attachment; please disregard and upload your cover letter separately under "Other Attachments".
In addition, for this internship you must submit a college transcript and writing sample with your other application materials. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
Selected applicants will additionally be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.
To be eligible for this internship, applicants must receive either academic credit or financial sponsorship from their university or another external organization and, once selected, be able to provide proof of such receipt.
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.