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

Internship Opportunity: Brookings Institution - Summer 2018, Africa Growth Initiative Research Internship, Global Economy and Development

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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship-unpaid

Location: Washington, D.C.

Sector: Think Tank

Start Date: June 2018

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

Time Commitment: 40 hours per week

Desired Class Year: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, recent college graduates, and Graduate Students

Desired Major or Interest: economics, political science, statistics, international development, etc

Application Deadline: Rolling

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About 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.


This external sponsorship/academic credit, summer internship, beginning in June 2018, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year, recent college graduates, and graduate students, with an interest in the political economy of Africa, 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. This is a 40 hour per week internship, during regular business hours, with some flexibility around an academic course schedule, if needed. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.

Learning Objectives:

The intern will assist with research on current regional, functional and country issues; extract relevant information related to country, sector and institution case studies; draft annotated bibliographies and literature reviews; and assist with the preparation of publications. The intern may also help maintain and update existing datasets, and perform quantitative analysis. 
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.



Applicants need to be graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their freshman year) working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. economics, political science, statistics, international development, etc) or recent college graduates.

Candidates should have an interest in Africa, political economy, economics, and international development. The intern will need a wide variety of research and other skills, including the ability to find, read and synthesize information thoroughly and efficiently; respond to tight deadlines; and to organize information with exceptional attention to detail. Excellent organization and communication skills, both written and oral; the abilities to accomplish tasks efficiently without supervision, and to collaborate with others; and a willingness and enthusiasm to learn are required. Proficiency in one or more of the following programs is also required: R, Stata, SPSS or Excel.

Additional Information:

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

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

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