• Spring 2019, Communications Internship, John L. Thornton China Center, Foreign Policy (Job ID: 2018-1839)

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Foreign Policy
    Unpaid- academic credit/external sponsorhip
  • Overview

    This external sponsorship/academic focused spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, recent college graduates, or graduate students with an interest in China 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 help develop the John L. Thonrton China Center’s communication and outreach capabilities and enhance the center’s social media presence. Under the supervision of the center’s staff, the intern will assist with creating, posting and translating content, promoting and live-tweeting events, and disseminating scholars’ commentary on important issues. Assignments will also include assisting the center with event planning and assisting the center’s scholars on research tasks on an as-needed basis. Students should end the internship with a better understanding of think tank outreach, social media strategy and coordination, and research and public policy promotion in the 21st Century.


    Students will also gain first-hand experience in public policy and international affairs by assisting in the logistical planning and implementation of conferences, roundtables, briefings, and other meetings, attending foreign policy events, and general administrative support.


    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, undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year), or recent college graduates working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. international relations, China studies, etc.) may apply.

    Qualified applicants will have a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: Chinese political, social and economic issues, U.S. foreign policy in the region. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience developing and managing social media accounts, particularly on Twitter and WeChat, and designing graphics and webpages.


    Fluency in both English and Chinese is required.


    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. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.

    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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