This external sponsorship/academic focused spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is an unpaid opportunity suited for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year with an interest in American politics and policy to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.
This opportunity will provide the selected candidate the chance to apply research and analytical skills learned in the classroom at a professional research organization, offering a meaningful and practical work experience related to the student's field of study and career interests. It will provide an opportunity for professional exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.
Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 20 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.
The intern will have an opportunity to learn a variety of research skills such as conducting literatures reviews and composing research memos. The intern will also provide editing and fact-checking assistance on twice weekly columns for the Washington Post, data analysis, and general research support. Research topics include, but are not limited to: Political and economic challenges confronting liberal democracies across the West; the opportunities and challenges technological change poses to economic governance; the media and politics; and religion in the public square. The selected candidate will assist senior fellows in the Governance Studies Program.
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 their sophomore year) working towards a degree in public policy or political science, or related fields, are encouraged to apply.
Our most successful interns have a demonstrated interest in American politics and policy, strong writing and editing capabilities, research and analytic skills, experience tracking current events and fact-checking, familiarity with polling and public opinion data and commonly used economic indicators.
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 requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit a separate cover letter for each internship you apply to.
Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter, writing sample, and unofficial college transcript 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". Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with a description of your interest in this internship, including how it will contribute to your professional goals. A separate cover letter should be uploaded for each internship applied to.
Additional documents required: Writing Sample, Unofficial College Transcript
Selected applicants will additionally be required to provide two letters of recommendation or contact information for two references.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.
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.