Fall 2021, Communications Internship, Global Economy and Development

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/27/2021 3:29 PM)
Global Economy and Development
$15.20 per hour


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Interns spend approximately 10 weeks remotely 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 virtual meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events.  In addition, interns will have the opportunity to network with other interns throughout the Institution.


This internship is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and graduate students with an interest in  international affairs and development to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. This internship pays an hourly rate of $15.20, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 15 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.


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The intern will join the Global Economy and Development program communications team in helping to share scholars’ research and findings. The intern will assist the team in publishing research as well as coordinating events at which the scholars will present their work.

The intern will gain exposure to a broad set of policy topics while developing their analytical thinking, organizational, and writing skills. Applicants should expect a range of responsibilities, broadly defined under the following categories:

Editing and Publishing: The intern will help publish working papers, policy briefs, blogs, reports, and executive summaries by providing support with editing, proof reading, and design review. The intern will assist in crafting messages, identifying target audiences, and preparing material for internal and external dissemination. Additionally, the intern will assist with media engagement by creating media lists and helping to identify coverage opportunities


Event Support: The intern will provide support for Global Economy and Development program private and public events at Brookings through coordinating public event notices, invitation lists, partnership approvals, and event flow. The intern will assist in the coordinating of meetings and events during the United Nations General Assembly. The intern should be prepared to help with general office support, assist with special projects, and perform other duties as assigned.




Applicants pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree (who have completed their sophomore year) in communications, international relations, journalism, economics, public policy, political science or related fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have strong writing and communication skills.


Successful applicants will have a working knowledge of the Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Proficency in Adobe Creative Suite preferred.


Additional Information:


This is a remote only opportunity. This internship requires you to be located in the U.S. for the duration of the internship.


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. You are required to submit/attach a separate cover letter for each internship you apply to. 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.


If selected as a finalist for the internship, you will be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.  


Applications will be accepted until June 20, 2021. 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 welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.


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