Brookings Internship Program: 




The Brookings Internship program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to engage in career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.


The mission of the Internship program is to provide students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest.  Interns may work with Brookings’s staff in research areas - Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy.  Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management. 


Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns may participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.


Types of Internships


Brookings offers three types of internships - paid, academic for credit, and external sponsorship.  Internships are offered during the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. Internships are usually 10-12 weeks and located in Washington DC.


Specifically for unpaid Internships, Brookings has partnered with several colleges, universities and external sponsors to provide students’ academic credit or funding to ensure there is a purposeful learning program structured into the experience. 


Colleges, universities and organizations interested in providing academic credit, or providing funding through external sponsorships as part of Brookings Institution’s internship program, should send an email to internships@brookings.edu.


Application Process


All applications must be submitted online by the application deadline. Please see below for more information about the schedule and deadlines.


When you apply:

  • Submit your cover letter and resume
  • Upload a transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)


Please Note:

  • You only need to complete required fields (marked with an asterisk); this includes all screening questions. If your application is incomplete, you will receive an email to finish the application process.
  • Internships that require writing samples will include the request as part of the job description. If required, please upload a writing sample.
  • All applicants receive an email confirming that the application has been received.


Making Changes or Adding Documents:

  • If you need to make a change or add a document, log in to your Candidate Profile


If selected as a finalist for an internship:

  • If selected as a finalist for an internship, you will need to provide two references or two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation can be uploaded to your candidate profile or sent directly to: internships@brookings.edu
  • For academic credit internships, students must provide written documentation of eligibility to receive academic credit. Documentation includes a letter from the university.
  • For external sponsorship internships, students must provide written documentation of eligibility to receive external sponsorship. Documentation includes a letter from the university or organization confirming sponsorship and must include the amount of external funding being provided.


Because of recruiting volume, we can only accept applications for internships that are currently open.


Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law. To learn more, see our Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.



Internship Program Schedule:


Spring 2022 Internship Program Dates & Deadlines:


  • Positions posted to website beginning: August 23rd, 2021
  • Application deadline has been extended to September 26, 2021 
  • Decisions made the week of: November 1, 2021
  • Program start date: January 10, 2021
  • Program end date: April 1, 2021


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