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 communications/media, public affairs and domestic and/or foreign 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.
Students will work with the team of Communications Advisors (CAs) learning how to develop proactive outreach strategies for Brookings content and dissemination to target audiences including media, government, academic, and other key stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad. They will support the CAs in identifying opportunities for scholars to respond to issues in the news, and learn to work with public relations and government relations software to track the effectiveness of our outreach and create reports. Students will assist in coordinating and staffing outreach events such as press conferences, forums, and policy roundtables, and learn how to update and create press and other outreach lists. Students will use their skills to synthesize Brookings research and recommend ways to reach a broader audience with our content.
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 student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in communications, public relations, political science or other related subject.
Strong writing, editing, and communications skills required. Familiarity with Microsoft Office software and Twitter is desired. The intern will work with programs and scholars across Brookings, so an interest in learning about a wide range of research subjects is preferable.
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.