• Summer 2019, Research Internship, Ambassador Norman Eisen, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2018-1931)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/7/2019 4:57 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 with interests in history, law, public policy, and/or international relations 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 and analytical skills such as legal and archival research, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, editing, crafting citations, fact-checking, and other general research support (80%); communications skills, including event planning and social media outreach (15%); and miscellaneous administrative skills (5%). The topic areas include, but are not limited to:

    • Rule of law; ethics and conflicts of interest; criminal justice; anti-corruption laws and efficacy; money in politics
    • Democracy and democratization
    • Open governance and government transparency initiatives
    • 20th century European and American history; international relations 

    In addition to providing support to the scholars directly, 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.





    Undergraduate students (who have completed  sophomore year) working towards a degree in history, political science, public policy, philosophy, pre-law, and related fields are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns are comfortable working with a wide variety of subject matters, creative, and can quickly adapt to changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment.


    Preferred qualifications include: a demonstrated interest in history, law, and/or international relations. Additional interests in transparency initiatives, ethics, and/or campaign finance are pluses.Strong research, writing, and analysis skills. Experience with fact checking and citations.Familiarity with primary and secondary source research.


    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. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter and unofficial college transcripts as additional attachments and reference this job ID in the title of each attachment.  A separate cover letter should be uploaded for each internship applied to.

    Applicants must also submit a college transcript and contact information for two academic or professional references. 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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