• Spring 2019, Open Governance Internship, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2018-1850)

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Governance Studies
  • Overview

    This spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is a paid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates, or graduate students with an interest in public policy, political science, and/or economics to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.


    This internship pays an hourly rate of $13.25, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no fewer than 35 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.


    Interns will have an opportunity to learn and/or strengthen a variety of research skills such as data collection; data entry, editing, and other general research support such as copyediting and fact-checking articles and other publications; building annotated bibliographies; compiling bios and developing topic syntheses in advance of stakeholder meetings; and drafting research memos.


    Interns will provide research support (and logistical/programmatic support, as needed) to scholars and staff associated with a new project focused on open governance approaches and interventions in the natural resource space, housed within Governance Studies at Brookings. The topic areas associated with this project include, but are not limited to: Transparency, accountability, and participation initiatives; Natural resource governance; Global anti-corruption efforts; and Mixed methods research.


    In addition to providing research and programmatic support, interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.




    Undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates with less than one year post-graduation, and graduate students working toward a degree in public policy, political science, economics, or a related field are encouraged to apply.


    Our most successful interns have: A demonstrated interest in open governance, anti-corruption, and/or natural resource governance issues; Strong writing, analytic, and internet-based research skills; Experience with fact-checking, data entry, and editing; Familiarity with data collection, Excel, Stata/SPSS, database management, and/or economic statistics. 


    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) additional attachment(s) 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.


    Selected applicants will additionally be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.  



    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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