This external sponsorship/academic credit-focused spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is an unpaid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in subnational threats-transnational networks 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 25 hours per week (during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.
Students will learn how to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to a professional public policy institution and environment. They will develop practical work experience by researching issues pertaining to specific projects and activities, conducting qualitative and quantitative data evaluation, summarizing and synthesizing documents, maintaining contact databases, monitoring current developments in relevant research areas, attending events, and briefing support staff and senior fellows.
In addition to providing support to staff and scholars, 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.
Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. international affairs, foreign policy, political science, international law, international political economy, or related fields).
Qualified applicants will have a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following research areas: illicit economies, counternarcotics policies, insurgencies, militant/extremist groups, terrorism, and human rights. Knowledge of Latin America (especially Mexico, Colombia, the Andean region, and Brazil), the Middle East and South Asia (especially Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India), the Horn of Africa and West Africa, and/or South East Asia a plus. English fluency required; proficiency in additional language(s), especially Spanish, desired.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume; applicants to this position must also submit a 5-10 page writing sample. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter and writing sample as attachments 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.