• Summer 2020, Open Governance Internship, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2020-2267)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/10/2020 3:59 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. In addition, interns may 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 recent college graduates (applying no more than one calendar year from their graduation year) with an interest in public policy, political science, economics, and/or a related field 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 fewer than 35 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 and/or strengthen a variety of research skills such as data collection; data entry, citation formatting, editing, and other general research support such as copyediting and fact-checking articles, papers, and other publications; building annotated bibliographies; compiling bios and developing topic syntheses in advance of stakeholder meetings; assisting with event logistics; preparing meeting transcripts and readouts; and drafting research memos.

    Interns will provide research support (and logistical/programmatic support, as needed) to scholars and staff associated with the Leveraging Transparency to Reduce Corruption (LTRC) project housed within Governance Studies at Brookings. The topic areas associated with this project include, but are not limited to: Transparency, accountability, and participation initiatives; Natural resource governance; Global anti-corruption efforts; and Mixed methods research.




    Undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year and recent college graduates (i.e., individuals applying no more than one calendar year from their graduation year) working toward a degree in public policy, political science, economics, and/or a related field are encouraged to apply.

    Our most successful interns have: A demonstrated interest in open governance, transparency, anti-corruption, and/or natural resource governance issues; Strong writing, analytic, and internet-based research skills; Experience with fact-checking, data entry, and editing; Familiarity with data collection, Excel, Stata/SPSS, database management, and/or economic statistics.


    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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