• Summer 2020, Communications Internship, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2020-2266)

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/7/2020 12:15 PM)
    Governance Studies
    $15.00 per hour
  • Overview

    Thinking about a career in public policy and communications? Committed to improving the world we live in? Think Brookings — one of the most influential and 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 summer internship, beginning in June, 2020, is an opportunity for undergraduate students with an interest in communications, media relations, journalism, digital strategy, political science, and/or public 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 no less than 30 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 work in a small but active communications team in Brookings' Governance Studies program, working to promote research from leading experts in government and academia on a variety of domestic policy issues, including AI and tech policy, education, Congress, elections, and more.


    Students will provide direct support to the Governance Studies communications team and have an opportunity to learn a variety of communication skills such as media relations, social media communication, paper editing, blogging, web publishing, and dissemination of publications and scholarly work.


    Interns will be responsible for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

    • Researching and identifying relevant media targets and updating media lists to reflect editorial staff and beat changes.
    • Staffing and organizing public events.
    • Helping to draft social media language and content, especially for Twitter.
    • Copy editing blog posts, reports, etc.
    • Monitoring print and broadcast media for coverage that includes mention of projects and experts.
    • Supporting work to promote Governance Studies research, experts, events, and news.
    • Assisting with media relations outreach activities, as appropriate.
    • Assisting with layout and design of research papers, as appropriate.
    • Drafting blog posts.




    Undergraduate students working toward a degree in public policy, political science, communications, journalism, and/or media relations or other related fields are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have strong writing, social media, analytical, and multi-tasking skills. Experience with copy editing is preferred. Wordpress and/or Photoshop skills are a plus.


    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 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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