Spring 2022, Research & Project Coordination Internship, Center for Universal Education, Global Economy and Development (Job ID: 2021-2719)

Posted Date 1 month ago(8/25/2021 11:16 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 international develpment and education 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 join its Center for Universal Education team to study innovations that have the potential to transform education. The focus areas of the internship will be on innovations in universal education, to include topics of education technology and/or leapfrogging (how greater parent and family engagement in education can help leapfrog educational progress around the world) to reduce inequalities and provide all students with a quality 21st century education. 


The intern will gain exposure to a broad set of education research and policy topics while developing their analytical thinking, organizational and writing skills.   Applicants should expect a range of responsibilities, broadly defined under the followign categories:


General Research and Writing: The intern will conduct background research on topics such as global education innovations and parent demand for innovation and will draft summaries of research findings that may be used in blog posts or reports. The intern will assist with data cleaning and analysis of parent and teacher surveys and focus groups across 10 countries as well as social media data.

Administration: The intern will organize and input data into databases; and support meetings, events and presentations. The intern should be prepared to help with general office support, assist with special projects, and perform other duties as assigned. 




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 public policy and education, have some working knowledge of statistics, and proficiency in Excel and other MSOffice. 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.


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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