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Interns spend approximately 10 weeks working alongside leading experts in government and academia from all over the world. Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management. The mission of the Internship Program is to provide students with a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to their field of study or career interest. Students engage in career exploration and development as well as learn new skills.
Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns may participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.
This external sponsorship/academic focused internship, beginning in June 2020, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and graduate students with an interest in international development to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. The internship is offered on the basis of academic credit and/or external financial support.
Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 20 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.
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The intern will gain exposure to a broad set of policy topics related to international development and sustainable development goals, while developing their analytical thinking, organizational, and writing skills. Applicants should expect a range of opportunities, broadly defined under the following categories:
General research and writing: The intern will assist scholars of the Development Assistance and Governance Initiative with short-term research and other projects. Examples include literature review, conducting data searches, database updates, bibliographic support, fact-checking, and contributing to blogs, research briefs, and presentations.
Event Coordination and Administrative Support: During the internship period, there will be meetings and events for which the intern will provide support through drafting invitations, tracking registration, communication with external stakeholders, and coordinating travel. The intern will also support the scholar by creating PowerPoints, drafting public remarks, and scheduling meetings.
Candidates should be undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students completing a degree in a relevant field (i.e. political science, international relations, public policy, foreign policy, etc.). Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public policy, and ideally in implementing the SDGs.
Applicants must have some knowledge of qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods research, and experience in conducting literature searches and review. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Additionally, applicants must have prior meeting or event coordination experience. Experience with international meeting and travel coordination a plus.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.
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 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 address your cover letter to Hiring Manager.
Selected applicants will additionally be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.
Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2020. Applications not completed and submitted by the application deadline date will not be considered. Your application is considered complete when you receive an email confirming that your application was successfully submitted.
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