Fall 2024, Research Internship, Center for Universal Education, Global Economy and Development ( Job ID 2024-3468)

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/4/2024 3:18 PM)
Global Economy and Development
$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 students 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 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.  


Position Location: This position is open to hybrid and/or remote applicants. Hybrid work combines 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.    


The intern will join the Center for Universal Education team to support collaborative and participatory research informed by feminist and decolonial approaches to development. This research is carried out in deep partnership with multiple organizations focused on gender and education, in more than a dozen countries in the Global South. The intern will gain exposure to a broad set of policy topics while developing their analytical thinking, organizational, and writing skills. Applicants should expect a range of responsibilities, broadly defined under the following categories: 


General Research and Writing: The intern will conduct background research on topics relevant to gender and education, collaborative, inclusive, and decolonial approaches to research and practice in international development, and transformative education policy and practice. The intern will support drafting summaries of research findings that may be used in blog posts, presentations, or reports.   


Administration: The intern will help organize and input data into databases and support virtual meetings, workshops, events and presentations of the Learning and Action Alliance on Girls Agency (LAAGA). The intern will assist with designing and evaluating workshops and meetings.  





Undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year or MA/MSc students completing a degree in a relevant field (i.e. education, human rights, political science, international relations, development, public policy, sociology, anthropology, humanities, or related fields).  Applicants must have prior experience either through coursework, previous internships or positions in conducting literature searches and reviews. Must have a strong interest in social justice, human rights, gender, and/or global education and development, research and academic and non-academic knowledge, and strong written communication skills. Experience in educational research, teaching and/or working internationally, and/or inclusion and equity is a plus. 


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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