• Spring 2019, Research Internship Office of the Vice President, Foreign Policy (Job ID: 2018-1894)

    Posted Date 1 week ago(10/12/2018 10:20 AM)
    Foreign Policy
    Academic credit/external sponsorship
  • Overview

    This external sponsorship/academic 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 public policy and international affairs 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.


    Learning Objectives


    The intern will develop research skills and acquire in-depth knowledge by conducting research assistance for a project analyzing the return to geopolitical competition among global powers in the maritime realm; the centrality of maritime trade to globalization; the implications of the deep-sea energy revolution; and the important interaction between climate change and oceans.


    The intern may also gain first-hand experience in public policy and international affairs by assisting in the logistical planning and implementation of public events, private roundtables, briefings, and other meetings. Interns will assist in compiling and updating mailing, media, and invitation lists; proofreading, fact-checking, and editing project and research materials; planning travel and development opportunities; and will provide general administrative support.


    The intern will learn how a professional public policy institution develops, creates, and shares its scholarship with the public and policymakers. Students will also gain insight into executive-level functions at an NGO, providing administrative support to the office of the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy for day-to-day executive support functions, compiling and updating mailing, media, and invitation lists; proofreading, fact-checking, and editing project and research materials; assisting in travel planning and development opportunities; and providing general administrative support.


    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 students (who have completed their sophomore year) working toward a degree in international affairs, political science, strategic studies or related fields may apply. Applicants must have a strong understanding of research methods and event organization. Expertise or demonstrated knowledge of geopolitics, maritime policy, and climate change is preferred, as is familiarity with leading individuals, both academics and practitioners, in these policy areas.


    Previous experience in project coordination, administration, and communications is required. The intern must have experience working in an office setting and familiarity with working in a professional setting with individuals with high levels of seniority and responsibility. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to work independently and proactively.  Successful candidates will have experience conducting and synthesizing research and have proven professional discretion as they will be working with high level information and individuals. Strong writing and data management skills are preferred. International experience and proficiency in a foreign language are welcome in a candidate. 


    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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