• Summer 2020, Research Internship, Center for Technology Innovation, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2020-2264)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/10/2020 3:58 PM)
    Governance Studies
    $15.00 per hour
  • 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 as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.


    This internship, beginning in June 2020, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in technology policy to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.This internship pays an hourly rate of $15.00, and 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.


    Interns will have an opportunity to learn a variety of research skills such as summarizing scholarly literature, collecting and manipulating data, organizing events, and editing written products. Research topics include but are not limited to artificial intelligence, emerging technologies, privacy, mass communications, and digital inclusion.




    Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students from any major; inter-disciplinary backgrounds are a plus. We welcome applications from majors in the social sciences and humanities as well as the natural sciences and engineering fields, including computer and data science, and other related fields. Students with strong research skills (quantitative or qualitative) preferred.

    A successful intern is someone who learns quickly, is highly motivated, and wants to learn how to conduct policy research. We will closely review applications from candidates who signal a keen interest in any topic at the intersection of public policy and science, technology, and innovation. This position requires strong social media skills, excellent verbal and written communication, time-management and organizational skills, and ability to synthesize technical details from multiple sources.

    Additional Information:

    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 under the "Other Attachments" tab 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.  A separate cover letter should be uploaded for each internship applied to at Brookings.


    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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