Spring 2022, Research & Project Coordination Internship, Center for Sustainable Development, Global Economy and Development (Job ID: 2021-2714)

Posted Date 1 month ago(8/24/2021 11:53 AM)
Global Economy and Development
$15.20 per hour


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 sustainable development and local government action 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.


To learn more about Brookings research programs, click here.


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. 


The intern will gain exposure to a broad set of policy topics related to domestic federal policy and international development, while developing their analytical thinking, organizational, and writing skills. Under the portfolio of Center for Sustainable Development Senior Fellow, the intern will support research on advancing equity and sustainability at the local level and the use of the Sustainable Development Goals framework as a tool for local policymaking. The intern will support research, networking, and engagement with an international community of practice of local leaders managed by Brookings, the “SDG Leadership Cities.” The intern will also support a research project assessing U.S. progress on the SDGs.


Applicants should expect a range of opportunities, broadly defined under the following categories:


General research and writing: The intern will assist a senior fellow of the Center for Sustainable Development on a project researching the use the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a tool for local policymaking. Examples of anticipated tasks include literature review, conducting data searches, data analysis, database updates, bibliographic support, fact-checking, and contributing to blogs, research briefs, and presentations.

Event Coordination and Administrative Support: During the internship period, there will be virtual meetings and events for which the intern will provide support through drafting invitations, tracking registration, communication with external stakeholders, and coordinating travel. The intern will also support the scholar by creating PowerPoints, drafting public remarks, and scheduling meetings.




Undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year, or graduate students completing a degree in a relevant field (i.e. political science, international development, public policy, economics, economic development, etc.).  Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public policy, the promotion of sustainable and inclusion policies, and ideally in elevating local leadership on global issues.

Applicants must have some knowledge of qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods research, and experience in conducting literature searches and review. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Additionally, applicants must have prior meeting or event coordination experience and a strong attention to detail.


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.  


The application deadline has been extended until September 26, 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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