Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Paid Summer Research Internship with Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

This summer internship, beginning in June 2016, is a paid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an interest in gaining research experience and contributing to the work at the world’s leading think tank; and undertaking an independent research/academic project.

This internship pays an hourly rate of $11.50, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 32-40 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship is based in Washington, DC and will last approximately 10 weeks.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities will include research related tasks on various metropolitan initiatives in the areas of advanced economy, economic performance, human capital, opportunity, infrastructure, and global cities.

Note that as part of this internship program, interns are required to complete an independent research/academic project of his or her choice and will make a presentation at the end of the internship. The project should be scaled to complete in approximately 80 hours and interns will receive regular feedback from Metro staff and scholars over the course of the internship.
Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal presentations, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.

Education/Skills/ Experience
Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. public policy, urban policy, economics statistics/mathematics, other social sciences, or related fields). Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply.
Experience with Excel, Access, ArcGIS, SAS, STATA and/or SQL are strongly recommended, but not required.

Application Procedure
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To be considered, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Applicants should apply online, uploading four documents when prompted:
1. A cover letter highlighting your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals; and
2. A resume along with college transcripts and contact information for three academic or professional references. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation rather than references are acceptable.
3. Original writing sample (no more than two pages)
4. Statement (maximum 200 words) about your proposed independent research/academic project.