• Summer 2020, Research and Events Internship, Fragility and Stability, Foreign Policy (Job ID: 2020-2271)

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/7/2020 12:03 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 foreign policy and issues related to state fragility, stabilization, political violence, and peacebuilding 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


    Interns will develop practical work experience by assisting in research and planning events relating to issues pertaining to U.S. foreign policy. They also will gain first-hand experience in public policy and international affairs by assisting in the logistical planning and implementation of public events, private roundtables, briefings, and other meetings. Interns will assist in compiling and updating mailing, media, and invitation lists; proofreading, fact-checking, and editing project and research materials; planning travel and development opportunities; and will provide general administrative support.


    Research support is expected to focus on three projects. First, examining the politics of counterterrorism coalitions, including how they are formed, operate, and effectiveness. Second, research on how to operationalize state and multilateral institutions in the security-development nexus. Third, examining the geo-economics and politics of ending conflicts and rebuilding states. Research tasks may include developing short background papers for scholar use, maintaining datasets, and developing annotated bibliographies.





    Graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year) working toward a degree in international affairs, political science, strategic studies or related fields may apply. Applicants must have a strong understanding of research methods and event organization. Familiarity with current international events and trends in global affairs, leading individuals, both academics and practitioners, is beneficial.


    Previous experience in project coordination, administration, and communications is required. Intern must have experience working in an office setting and familiarity with working in a professional setting with individuals with high levels of seniority and responsibility. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to work independently and proactively.  Successful candidates will have experience conducting and synthesizing research and have proven professional discretion as they will be working with high level information and individuals. Strong writing and data management skills are preferred. International experience and proficiency in a foreign language are welcome in a candidate. 


    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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