Spring 2022, Liberal Democracies and Political Economy Internship, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2021-2721)

Posted Date 1 month ago(8/25/2021 12:00 PM)
Governance Studies
$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 internshipis an opportunity for an undergraduate student in their junior or senior year and graduate students with an interest in  public policy, political science 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 25 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 intern will assist with the work of Senior Fellows E.J. Dionne, Jr. and William A. Galston.


This intern should expect to work on research tasks on a variety of subject areas including, but not limited to, the vulnerabilities of liberal democracy; religion and politics; the political challenges posed by large online platforms; the growing urban-rural divide; and voting rights. Interns will help produce literature reviews and research memos, fact-check and edit content, and assist with daily research tasks.




Undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year working towards a degree in public policy, political science, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in American politics and policy; Congress and congressional reform; inclusive economic growth; and electoral politics. Strong writing, analytic, and internet-based research skills are also desired.  Experience with fact-checking and familiarity working with polling data is desirable but not 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.  


Applications will be accepted until September 19, 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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