Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fall 2017, Research Internship, Ambassador Norman Eisen with Brookings

Beginning in September 2017, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in international relations, European history, public policy, and/or economic policy to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.

This unpaid internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.


Learning Objectives

Students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of research skills such as archival research, constructing historical chronologies, economic policy research, editing and other general research support. The topic areas include, but are not limited to:
  • 20th century European history, international relations, diplomacy
  • Congress and congressional procedure; political polarization; reforming government; political and corporate governance issues; and anti-corruption laws and efficacy; money in politics
  • Open government and government transparency initiatives
  • International economic statecraft; taxation and economic reform; labor productivity
Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution. 



Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed his or her sophomore year) working towards a degree in political science, history, public policy, or English literature are encouraged to apply.  German language skills and/or a quantitative background are both pluses, but not required. Our most successful interns are comfortable working with a wide variety of subject matter, are creative researchers, quick learners, and have: 
  • A demonstrated interest in diplomacy, international relations, or international history. Additional interests in transparency initiatives, ethics, campaign finance, and/or economic policy are pluses
  • Strong research, writing, and analysis skills
  • Experience with fact-checking
  • Familiarity with primary and secondary source research; Powerpoint; Excel
Additional Information:

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. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.

Apply here.