• Summer 2019, Research Internship, Economic Studies (Job ID: 2018-1921)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/7/2019 4:17 PM)
    Economic Studies
  • Overview

    This summer internship, beginning in June 2019, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an interest in economic policy to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. We are recruiting for multiple interns who may be assigned to specific centers or projects.



    This summer we are offering internships in the following areas:


    Children and Families – The Center on Children and Families studies policies for the well-being of children and their parents, in order to find more effective means of addressing poverty, inequality and lack of opportunity in the U.S.

    Fiscal and Monetary Policy - The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy provides independent, non-partisan analysis of fiscal and monetary policy issues in order to further public understanding and to improve the quality and effectiveness of those policies.

    Health Policy – The Center for Health Policy works to raise the quality and value of medical care, restructure provider payments, expand access to affordable health insurance, and leverage the benefits of innovation and information technology. Potential interns should have interest and course work in health policy.


    Please specify your area of interest in your cover letter.


    This internship pays an hourly rate of $14.00, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 20 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.




    Interns will gain exposure to a broad set of economic policy topics while developing their analytical thinking and writing skills. Applicants should expect a range of responsibilities, broadly defined under the following categories:


    General research and writing: Interns will assist with short-term research and other projects. Examples include research for policy memos, blog posts, or other work products. In addition, interns might be expected to analyze data and create graphs for papers, policy memos, presentations, and other items. Interns would help research potential topics and authors for future center/project work.


    Long-term research: Working with the center/project team, interns would help research potential topics and authors for future work.


    Event Staffing: Interns may help prepare materials for events and work at various aspects of the event, such as registration.


    Administrative: The applicant should be prepared to help with general office support, assist with special projects, and perform other duties as assigned.




    Applicants should be pursing an undergraduate degree in economics or in a related field like mathematics or statistics and should have strong writing and analytical skills. Applicants should have taken introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. Coursework in statistics or econometrics is highly recommended. Applicants should be proficient using Microsoft Excel. Proficiency with STATA, or other statistical software, is preferred. 


    A successful applicant will have a strong team work ethic and a belief that no task is too big or too small.

    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.  

    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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