Spring 2022, Open Governance Research Internship, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2021-2731)

Posted Date 1 month ago(8/26/2021 11:40 AM)
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 internship is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or recent college graduates (applying no more than one calendar year from their graduation year) with an interest in public policy, political science, economics, and/or a related field 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 35 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.


To learn more about Brookings research programs, click here.


Interns will have an opportunity to learn and/or strengthen a variety of research skills such as data collection; data entry, citation formatting, editing, and other general research support such as copyediting and fact-checking articles, papers, and other publications; building annotated bibliographies; compiling bios and developing topic syntheses in advance of stakeholder meetings; developing questions for key informant interviews; assisting with event logistics; preparing meeting transcripts and readouts; and drafting research memos.

Interns will provide research support (and logistical/programmatic support, as needed) to scholars and staff associated with the Leveraging Transparency to Reduce Corruption (LTRC) project housed within Governance Studies at Brookings. The topic areas associated with this project include, but are not limited to: Transparency, accountability, and participation initiatives; Natural resource governance; Global anti-corruption efforts; and Mixed methods research.




Undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year as well as recent college graduates (i.e., individuals applying no more than one calendar year from their graduation year) working toward a degree in public policy, political science, economics, and/or a related field are encouraged to apply.

Our most successful interns have: A demonstrated interest in open governance, transparency, anti-corruption, and/or natural resource governance issues; Strong writing, analytic, and internet-based research skills; Experience with fact-checking, data entry, and editing; Familiarity with data collection, Excel, and/or database management.


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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