Fall 2024, Anti-Corruption Research Internship, Governance Studies (Job ID 2024-3459)

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/28/2024 12:00 AM)
Governance Studies
$17.50 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 12 weeks 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, 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 transparency, anti-corruption, and/or natural resource governance issues to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. This internship pays an hourly rate of $17.50, 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.   


Position Location: This is a hybrid opportunity. Hybrid positions combine regular in-person presence at our Washington, DC, office with the option of remote work. Remote work applicants may not work from the following states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington.  


Vaccine Policy: Brookings requires all staff to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.   


Individuals that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.    



Interns will provide research support (and logistical/programmatic support, as needed) to scholars and staff—including Ambassador (ret.) Norman Eisen, Jonathan Katz, and Robin Lewis—who are associated with the Anti-Corruption, Democracy, and Security (ACDS) project housed within Governance Studies at Brookings. The topic areas associated with this project include but are not limited to: Global anti-corruption, democracy, and security efforts; Transparency, accountability, and participation (TAP) initiatives; Energy transition; and Mixed methods research.


Interns will have an opportunity to learn and/or strengthen a variety of research skills such as data collection (examples from previous internship cycles include research for the Brookings Sanctions Tracker and Summit for Democracy-related analysis); 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/backgrounders in advance of stakeholder meetings; developing questions for key informant interviews; assisting with event logistics; preparing meeting transcripts and readouts; and drafting research memos.




Undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year as well as recent undergraduate and graduate students (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 transparency, anti-corruption, and/or natural resource governance issues; Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Strong writing, analytical, and internet-based research skills; Experience with fact-checking, data entry, and editing; Familiarity with data collection, Excel, and/or database management; Strong attention to detail; Capacity to work well independently and with other team members; and Ability to manage competing priorities and evolving assignments.


Additional Information: 


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 application. 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.   


Please note: Applications will be accepted until June 23, 2024. 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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