Fall 2021, Research Internship, Center for Middle East Policy, Foreign Policy (Job ID: 2021-2619)

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/28/2021 3:59 PM)
Foreign Policy
Academic Credit/External Sponsorship


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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 with an interest in foreign policy to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. The internship is offered on the basis of external financial support; receiving academic credit in addition to receiving external support is acceptable.


Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 25 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

The intern will acquire substantive professional experience while working at Brookings with the Center for Middle East Policy (CMEP) staff and scholars. Interns will have the opportunity to provide programmatic and administrative assistance, events coordination, and research support. The intern will support research on projects that examine issues such as the new geopolitical order of the Middle East, the U.S. relationship with its autocratic allies, and the rise of populism and its impact on U.S. relations with the Middle East. By the end of the internship, students will hone organizational, analytical, and professional interpersonal skills while assisting CMEP in its mission to foster high-level U.S. – Middle Eastern dialogue on the changes in Middle East and the global challenges that affect regional relations. 


The intern will gain first-hand experience in public policy and international affairs by assisting in the logistical planning and implementation of conferences, roundtables, briefings, and other virtual meetings; researching developing issues in the Middle East; monitoring current developments in relevant research areas; proofreading, fact-checking, and editing research materials; collecting, reviewing, summarizing, and assembling relevant literature materials from a wide variety of sources; compiling and updating mailing, media, and invitation lists; attending virtual foreign policy events; briefing CMEP staff members; and general administrative support.




Undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. international affairs, foreign policy, political science, international law, international political economy, or related fields), and who have demonstrated knowledgle of the politics, international relations, cultures, and/or languages of the Middle East may apply. 


Acute attention to detail, excellent research and writing, editing, and professional communication skills are highly desirable. Exceptional character and excellent organizational, reasoning, and analytical skills are integral.  A keen ability to understand foreign policy issues is important, along with good interpersonal skills, flexibility, discretion, and capacity to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in a fast-paced and highly productive atmosphere. 


English fluency is required; proficiency in a regional language (Arabic, Heberw, Farsi) is a plus. 


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.


The internship is offered on the basis of external financial support from your university or another external organization. Receiving academic credit in addition to receiving external support is acceptable. Once selected, applicants must be able to provide proof of external financial support.


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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