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 a focus on communications/media and public affairs and a keen interest in domestic and/or foreign 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.
Students will work on the Public Affairs team in the Communications department and learn how to develop proactive outreach strategies for Brookings content and dissemination to target audiences including media, government, academic, and other key stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad. You will assist the Public Liaison in identifying partnership opportunities for the institution and its scholars to help expand our audience and brand recognition. As a part of this work, you will research prospective partners that match our audience development goals, attend meetings with partners and scholars, assist in the organization of events, and learn to use the various tools of the trade. You will also support broad research projects by helping to develop and execute large-scale strategic communication plans. Generally, you will use their skills to synthesize Brookings research to recommend ways we can reach a broader audience with our content.
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 student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in communications, public relations, political science or other related subject.
Strong writing, editing, and communications skills required. Familiarity with Microsoft Office is required and previous experience working with a database program is desired. The intern will work with programs and scholars across Brookings, so an interest in learning about a wide range of research subjects is preferable.
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.