• Summer 2019, American Congress and Government Internship, Governance Studies

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/7/2019 5:03 PM)
    Governance Studies
    Academic Credit/External Sponsorship
  • Overview

    This external sponsorship/academic focused summer internship, beginning in June 2019, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in public policy and political science to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.


    This 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


    Students will have an opportunity to learn a variety of research skills such as data collection, editng and general research support. The topic areas include, but are not limited to: Collecting, fact-checking, and helping to maintain Vital Statistics on Congress; Congress and congressional procedure; political polarization; congressional gridlock; reforming government; congressional oversight; taxation, including citizen attitudes about taxation, social welfare impacts of tax policy; vote registration, including the registration of underrepresented groups; survey methodology, data mangement and processing techniques, and data science principles. 


    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 towards a degree in public policy, political science, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have a demonstrated interest in American politics and policy; congress and congressional reform; and/or electoral politics; strong writing, analytic and internet-based research skills; experience with fact-checking, summarizing new information, creating literature reviews; familiarity with data collection; data management tools including Excel, Stata, R, and/or Python. 



    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.

    Applicants must also submit a college transcript, contact information for two academic or professional references, and a writing sample. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation rather than references are acceptable.

    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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