• Spring 2019, American Congress and Government Internship, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2018-1837)

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Governance Studies
    Unpaid - academic credit/external sponsorship
  • Overview

    This external sponsorship/academic focused spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is an unpaid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in public policy and political science 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.


    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.


    Learning Objectives


    Students will have an opportunity to learn a variety of research skills such as data collection, editing and general research support. The topic areas include, but are not limited to: Collecting, fact-checking, and helping to maintain Vital Statistics on Congress; Congress and congressional procedure; political polarization; congressional gridlock; reforming government; taxation, including citizen attitudes about taxation, social welfare impacts of tax policy; voter registration, including the registration of underrepresented groups; survey methodology, data management and processing techniques, data science principles.


    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 public policy, political science, or related fields are encouraged to apply.  Our most successful interns have a demonstrated interest in American politics and policy; congress and congressional reform; and/or electoral politics; strong writing, analytic and internet-based research skills; experience with fact-checking, summarizing new information, creating literature reviews; familiarity with data collection; data management; tools including Excel, Stata, R, and/or Python.



    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".  Please upload a separate cover letter for each internship applied to.


    In addition, for this internship you must submit a college transcript 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. 




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