• Spring 2019, Research Internship, Africa Growth Initiative (Job ID: 2018-1861)

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Global Economy and Development
    Unpaid- academic credit/external sponsorship
  • Overview

    The Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress.  The Africa Growth Initiative, within the Global Economy and Development program, produces and disseminates high-quality, independent policy research, which helps to establish long-term strategies for economic growth in Africa.


    This external sponsorship/academic credit spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is an unpaid opportunity for current undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year, or current graduate students  who have an interest in the political economy of Africa 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 13 weeks.


    Learning Objectives


    Students will have the opportunity to assist with a range of projects, such as researching current regional, functional and country issues; extracting relevant information related to country, sector and institution case studies; drafting annotated bibliographies and literature reviews and assisting with the preparation of publications.


    The intern may also help maintain and update existing datasets and perform quantitative analysis.

    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.


    Education/ Knowledge/Skills

    Graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their freshman year) working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. economics, political science, statistics, international development,etc). Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply.

    Candidates should have an interest in Africa, political economy, economics, and international development. The intern will need a wide variety of research and other skills including being able to find, read and synthesize information thoroughly and efficiently; respond to tight deadlines; and to organize information with exceptional attention to detail.

    Excellent organization and communication skills, both written and oral; the abilities to accomplish tasks efficiently without supervision, and to collaborate with others; and a willingness and enthusiasm to learn are required.

    Proficiency in one or more of the following programs is also required: R, Stata, SPSS or Excel.

    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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