• Summer 2020, Communications Internship, John L. Thornton China Center, Foreign Policy (Job ID: 2020-2259)

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/7/2020 12:00 PM)
    Foreign Policy
    Academic Credit/External Sponsorship
  • Overview

    Thinking about a career in public policy? Committed to improving the world we live in? Think Brookings - one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

    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 Chinese political, social and economic issues 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.


    To learn more about Brookings research programs, click here. 


    Learning Objectives


    Students will help develop the center’s communication and outreach capabilities and enhance the center’s social media presence. Under the supervision of the center’s staff, the intern will assist with creating, posting, and translating content; promoting and live-tweeting events; and disseminating scholars’ commentary on important issues. Opportunities will also include assisting the center with event planning and assisting the center’s scholars on research tasks on an as-needed basis. Students should end the internship with a better understanding of think tank outreach, social media strategy and coordination, and research and public policy promotion in the 21st century.


    Students will also gain first-hand experience in public policy and international affairs by assisting in the logistical planning and implementation of conferences, roundtables, briefings, and other meetings, attending foreign policy events, and general administrative support.




    Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, or graduate students working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. international relations, China studies, etc.) may apply.

    Qualified applicants will have a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: Chinese political, social and economic issues, U.S. foreign policy in the region. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience developing and managing social media accounts, particularly on Twitter and WeChat, and designing graphics and webpages.


    Fluency in both English and Chinese is required.


    Additional Information:


    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.


    As you are applying, please be sure to click here to learn more about the Brookings Internship Program, deadlines, and directions on how to successfully submit your internship application(s).


    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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