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.
This external sponsorship/academic credit focused spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is an opportunity for undergraduate (sophomore, junior or senior year) or graduate students, with an interest in economics and/or finance, 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 assist with background research (including literature review), data gathering from primary and secondary sources, data cleaning and manipulation, and basic statistical analysis and get exposure to the different stages of a research project—formulating a research question, surveying the literature, working with data, and various elements of empirical analysis, including running regressions and the creation of informative tables and figures. The intern may work on projects related to the following research areas: digital currencies and central banking and the China-U.S. Economic relationship.
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.
Preferred applicants are graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. economics or finance). Students with a more technical background (applied mathematics, computer science), but with an interest in economics or finance, will also be considered.
The most successful candidates will be familiar with basic concepts in statistics and econometrics, Excel, and, ideally, a software package like Stata. Responsibilities include data gathering and cleaning, econometric analysis, and literature reviews.
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.
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.
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.