The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Internship Opportunity: The Brookings Institution


The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit organization that conducts in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing a society at the local, national and global level.

Article Type 

Position Type: Internship - Unpaid

Location: Washington, DC

Sector: Think Tank

Start Date: January 2018

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

Time Commitment: Full time

Desired Class Year: Junior or senior or graduate students

Desired Major or Interest: German language skills highly preferred, interest in international relations

Application Deadline: ASAP

Organization website:

Brief Description of the organization:

The Brookings Institution is a leading think tank on various areas of national public policy. Brookings traces its foundation back to 1916, when a group of experts founded the Institute for Government Research, the first private organization devoted to analyzing public policy issues at the national level. Since then, Brookings has developed a name for itself as a leading think tank.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

Undergraduate student working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. economics or a related field like government, mathematics). Applicants should have strong writing and analytical skills and strong team work ethic. Applicants should have taken either introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. Coursework in government or public policy is highly recommended.  Applicants will be expected to be proficient using Microsoft Word.

Students will provide research support on a variety of projects related to financial regulatory policy. The projects may include a assisting on research papers, op-eds, blog posts, and public commentary on the workings of the US and global financial regulatory system, implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, analysis of the Federal Reserve System in its capacity as financial regulator and central bank, and other macroeconomic issues with a potential focus on infrastructure finance and policy.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.

How to apply: 

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. In addition, two letters of recommendation are requested. 

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center. The Rockefeller Center posts such opportunities in an effort to help students prepare for a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization. 

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