• Summer 2019, Communications Internship, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2018-1934)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/9/2019 11:20 AM)
    Governance Studies
    Academic Credit/External Sponsorship
  • Overview

    This external sponsorship/academic focused summer internship, beginning June 2019, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, recent college graduates, or graduate students with an interest in communications, media relations, journalism, digital strategy, political science, and/or public policy 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 assist the Governance Studies communications team and have an opportunity to learn a variety of communication skills such as media relations, social media communication, paper editing, blogging, web publishing, and layout and dissemination of publications and scholarly work.


    Interns will assist with a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:


    • Researching and identifying relevant media targets and updating media lists to reflect editorial staff and beat changes.
    • Staffing public events and assisting with live tweeting of events when appropriate.
    • Helping to draft social media language and content, especially for Twitter.
    • Monitoring print and broadcast media for coverage that includes mention of projects and experts.
    • Supporting work to promote Governance Studies research, experts, events, and news.
    • Assisting with media relations outreach activities, as appropriate.
    • Assisting with layout and design of research papers, as appropriate.
    • Drafting blog posts.


    Interns will additionally 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 public policy, political science, English, communications, journalism, and/or media relations are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have strong writing, social media, analytical, and multi-tasking skills. Experience with web publishing on Wordpress, graphic design programs such as Photoshop or Canva, and knowledge of media databases like Cision is preferred. Experience with copy editing is a plus. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply. 


    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.

    In addition, for this internship you must submit a college transcript and writing sample with your other application materials. Graduate students should also submit their graduate transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

    Selected applicants will additionally be required to provide two letters of recommendation or contact information for two 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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