• Spring 2019, Research and Events Internship, Foreign Policy (Job ID: 2018-1870)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
    Foreign Policy
    Unpaid-Academic Credit or External Sponsorship
  • Overview

    This external sponsorship/academic credit focused spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in domestic politics, foreign policy, and international order to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. The internship will focus on a broad range of issues related to democracy, human rights, and the future of the international liberal order.


    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.


    Learning Objectives


    Interns will assist with providing research assistance for Senior Fellows in the Security and Strategy Team. Additionally, will assist with the coordination of seminars, meetings and public events, proofreading and editing, and providing administrative support for Security and Strategy staff. Interns will have the opportunity to assist with research and analyzing developing issues of geopolitical competition or international cooperation on a range of issues important to open societies, (e.g. digital democracy, internet governance, international justice and human rights). Countries of particular interest include Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Germany and Korea. Interns should leave the internship with a better understanding of how the U.S. and other countries engage the tough questions associated with democratic institution building. Interns will leave Brookings being able to conduct high quality research and analysis, interact with top scholars in the field, and identify key areas in need of public policy research.


    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 relations, Asian studies, political science, etc.). 


    Qualified applicants will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in international order and human rights, international relations, global governance, and U.S. foreign policy. Experience working in an office setting is desired, along with attention to detail, a sense of initiative, and a strong desire to learn and to contribute as a valued team member. Fluent or native-level English language ability, as well as language ability in a regional language are also preferred.


    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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