This external sponsorship/academic credit spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is an opportunity for current undergraduate (junior or senior year) or graduate students with an interest in international development issues, to work with scholars in the Development Assistance and Governance Initiative at Brookings, to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom to research activities and methods in a professional setting.
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 offer 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 a range of tasks, which may include quantitative data analysis, conducting literature reviews, providing summaries and descriptive analyses to identify emerging trends, and other writing or research support projects. The intern may also help faciltate meetings and events.
Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events, as well as to 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 international affairs, public policy or related fields. Candidates should have an interest, and some experience in, the fields of international development, global policy-making, and global poverty reduction efforts. The intern will need a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative research skills. Must be able to find, read and synthesize information thoroughly and efficiently, respond to tight deadlines, and organize information with exceptional attention to detail. Excellent organization and communication skills - both written and oral, and the abilities to accomplish tasks efficiently and to collaborate with others are essential. Proficiency in Excel, Stata and SPSS is preferred.
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.