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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 social mobility and the middle class 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 20 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.
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Children and Families – The Center on Children and Families studies policies for the well-being of children and their parents, in order to find more effective means of addressing poverty, inequality and lack of opportunity in the U.S. CCF also houses the Future of the Middle Class Initiative, whose goal is to improve the quality of life of America’s middle class and to increase the number of people rising to join its ranks
Interns will gain exposure to a broad set of economic policy topics while developing their analytical thinking and writing skills. Applicants should expect a range of responsibilities, broadly defined under the following categories:
General research and writing: Interns will assist with short-term research and other projects. Examples include research for policy memos, blog posts, or other work products. In addition, interns might be expected to analyze data and create graphs for papers, policy memos, presentations, and other items. Interns would help research potential topics and authors for future center/project work.
Long-term research: Working with the center/project team, interns would help research potential topics and authors for future work.
Communications: Interns may help publish and promote products produced by the team.
Administrative: The applicant should be prepared to help with general office support, assist with special projects, and perform other duties as assigned.
Applicants should be undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, recent graduates, or graduate students studying economics or a related field like mathematics or statistics and should have strong writing and analytical skills. Applicants should have taken introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. Coursework in statistics or econometrics is highly recommended. Applicants should be proficient using Microsoft Excel. Proficiency with STATA, or other statistical software, is preferred.
A successful applicant will have a strong team work ethic and a belief that no task is too big or too small.
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.