• Fall 2018, Communications Internship, Governance Studies

    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/15/2018 9:51 AM)
    Governance Studies
    Unpaid - Academic credit/external sponsorship
  • Overview

    This external sponsorship/academic credit fall internship, beginning September 2018, is an unpaid opportunity for undergraduate students with an interest in communications, media relations, journalism, digital strategy, political science, and/or public policy 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.


    Learning Objectives


    Students will work with the Governance Studies communications team and have an opportunity to learn a variety of communication skills such as media relations, social media communication, paper editing, blogging, web publishing, and layout and dissemination of publications and scholarly work.


    Interns will assist with a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: researching and identifying relevant media targets and updating media lists to reflect editorial staff and beat changes; staffing public events and assisting with live tweeting of events when appropriate; helping to draft social media language and content, especially for Twitter; monitoring print and broadcast media for coverage that includes mention of projects and experts; supporting work to promote Governance Studies research, experts, events, and news; assisting with media relations outreach activities, as appropriate; assisting with layout and design of research papers, as appropriate; drafting blog posts.


    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 working toward a degree in public policy, political science, English, communications, journalism, and/or media relations, or a related field are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have strong writing, social media, analytical, and multi-tasking skills. Experience with web publishing on Wordpress, graphic design programs such as Photoshop or Canva, and knowledge of media databases like Cision is preferred. Experience with copy editing is a plus.


    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. 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 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.  


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