This external sponsorship/academic credit summer internship, beginning in June 2019, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year with an interest in data, organizational management, and communications 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 30 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.
The Data and Communications Intern will develop practical, professional work experience by providing data and administrative assistance, media relations and research support, event coordination, and other communications projects pertaining to the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. The student will assume a variety of responsibilities and hone their organizational, time management, and professional interpersonal skills while learning how a professional public policy institution shares its scholarship with the public and policymakers. They also will learn about the field of foreign policy by assisting in the logistical planning and implementation of public events, briefings, and other meetings.
The intern will gain first-hand experience in communications management and international affairs by monitoring incoming media requests for scholars; tracking and reporting on media activity; drafting event content for the Brookings website, managing event data, and providing event support; analyzing data sets for errors and cleaning up program-wide data; updating, importing, and organizing data in the database system; reporting on key data sets; researching key professional networks relevant to the field of foreign policy to identify and compile new data for the program; and general administrative support as needed.
In addition to providing support to the Communications team, the intern 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 their freshman year) must be working toward a degree in or have demonstrated interest in a relevant field such as business administration or non-governmental organization management, data management, computer science, communications, media, journalism, public affairs, international affairs, political science, or other related field.
Successful candidates will demonstrate excellent time management, interpersonal acumen, and acute attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to work independently and proactively. They will have proven professional discretion, as they will be working with high-level information and individuals. Competitive candidates will have proficiency in Excel and experience working in an informational system such as Quick Base or Salesforce. Knowledge of AP style editing, strong writing skills and familiarity with current international events and trends in global affairs is a plus. English fluency is required.
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.