This external sponsorship/academic focused spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is an unpaid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an interest in U.S. government 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.
The intern will have the opportunity to review and summarize literature, collect data, fact-check, track current events, monitor the congressional schedule, and provide general research support for topic areas including, but not limited to: campaigns, elections, and voting; implementation of public policy, e.g. immigration reform and marijuana legalization; organizational and political challenges to effective federal government management; political parties, electoral and institutional reform; federalism; and natural resource governance.
Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as networking events for Brookings interns.
Graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year) working toward a degree in public policy and/or political science, or related field are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have strong writing, analytical, and qualitative and quantitative research skills.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. This internship additionally requires a writing sample. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter and writing sample as additional attachment(s). 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 to which you apply.
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.