This external sponsorship/academic credit fall internship, beginning September 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 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.
The intern will have the opportunity to review and summarize literature, collect data, fact-check, track current events, monitor the congressional schedule, and provide general research support for topic areas including, but not limited to: campaigns, elections, and voting, particularly the 2018 midterm elections; implementation of public policy, e.g. immigration reform and marijuana legalization; organizational and political challenges to effective federal government management; political parties, electoral and institutional reform, and federalism; 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 networking events for Brookings interns.
Graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year) working toward a degree in public policy and/or political science, or related field are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have strong writing, analytical, and qualitative and quantitative research skills.
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. Graduate students should also submit their graduate transcript. 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.