Fall 2021, Research Internship, Africa Growth Initiative, Global Economy and Development

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/28/2021 9:10 AM)
Program
Global Economy and Development
ID
2021-2627
Salary
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 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 sophomore, junior or senior year and graduate students with an interest in economic development, finance, and social urbanization policies with a focus on Africa 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 15-20 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.

 

To learn more about Brookings research programs, click here. 

Responsibilities

Learning Objectives

 

The Global Economy and Development (“Global”) program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress. 

 

This intern with the Africa Growth Initiative will gain exposure to a broad set of topics with a focus on creating strong policy capable of creating sustained economic growth and development throughout Africa. The intern will develop their analytical thinking and econometric skills while assisting with background research (including literature review), data gathering from primary and secondary sources, data cleaning and manipulation, and basic statistical analysis. The intern will gain exposure to the different stages of a research project—formulating a research question, surveying the literature, working with data, and various elements of empirical analysis, including running regressions and the creation of informative tables and figures.

 

Qualifications

Education/Knowledge/Skills:

 

Open to undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year, or graduate students completing a degree in a relevant field (i.e. economics, finance, applied mathematics, etc.). Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in Africa topics as well as public policy and economics or finance, and some working knowledge of statistics and econometrics, with Excel and Stata. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. 

 

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.

 

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. 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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