Fall 2021, Research Internship, Center on the United States and Europe, Foreign Policy (Job ID: 2021-2629)

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/28/2021 3:51 PM)
Foreign Policy
Academic Credit/External Sponsorship


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 graduate students or undergraduates in their junior or senior year with an interest in European affairs and transatlantic relations to support scholar research and activity on matters of U.S. policy towards Europe and the foreign policies of European states, and to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional enviroment. 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 32 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 internship will focus on a broad range of issues, including transatlantic relations, the future of the European Union, U.S.-U.K.-European relations after Brexit, Russia, U.S.-EU-China relations, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the transatlantic partnership, and the state of democracy in Europe and the United States.


Interns will acquire substantive professional experience while working with the staff and scholars in the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings to assist with programmatic and administrative work, event coordination, and research support. Interns will hone organizational, analytical, and professional interpersonal skills assisting CUSE in its mission to foster high-level U.S.-European dialogue on the changes in Europe and the global challenges that affect transatlantic relations.

Interns 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 meetings; researching developing issues in Europe; 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 foreign policy events; briefing CUSE staff members; and providing general administrative support.




Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and graduate students with an interest in European affairs and transatlantic relations are encouraged to apply.


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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