• Spring 2019, Communications Internship, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2018-1841)

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

    This external sponsorship/academic focused spring internship, beginning January 2019, is an unpaid opportunity suited for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year with an interest in the fields of 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


    Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 10 hours per week during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.


    Learning Objectives


    Interns 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, event planning and staffing, and analytics.


    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; 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; analyzing and collecting metrics for both web and social properties; supporting work to promote Governance Studies research, experts, events, and news; assisting with media relations outreach activities, as appropriate; and 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 (who have completed their sophomore year) 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 analytics tools, graphic design programs such as Photoshop or Canva, and knowledge of media databases like Cision is preferred. Experience with copy editing, particularly in AP style, 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, referencing this job ID (2018-1841) 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 you apply 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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