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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 Chinese 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.
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Interns will assist in the John L. Thornton China Center’s economic research projects; compile, edit, and proofread interviews, speeches, and published articles of the center’s scholars; collect and organize data and information in both Chinese and English as needed; and arrange all research-relevant documents, reports and publications. Interns may contribute to ongoing projects including editing a book manuscript on the Chinese economy; conducting background research for various dialogue series including U.S.-China relations, artificial intelligence, and democracy in Asia; and assisting with logistics for various events at Brookings and elsewhere. Interns should leave the internship with a better understanding of how to conduct high quality research, interact with top scholars in the field, and identify key areas in need of public policy research.
Interns 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. Additionally, may also assist the center’s scholars on research tasks on an as needed basis.
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.) are encouraged to apply. Additionally, qualified applicants will have a demonstrated interest in Chinese economic and trade issues.
Previous editing and proofreading experience is required, and demonstrated strong research skills are preferred. Additionally, native fluency of English is required and Mandarin Chinese language skills are desirable.
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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