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

Internship Opportunity: The Brookings Institution - Summer 2018, Communications Internship, Economic Studies

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.

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

This is a paid employment opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Employment-paid

Location: Washington, D.C.

Sector: Think Tank

Start Date: June 2018

Wage or benefits: Paid: hourly rate of $13.25

Time Commitment: Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 20 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.

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

Desired Major or Interest: communications or economics

Application Deadline: N/A

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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.


Primary Responsibilities

The communications intern will support the work of the Communications Director, Media Relations Manager, and Web and Social Media Specialist.

Responsibilities will include developing and updating media lists; analyzing media coverage; drafting tweets and other content for social media and newsletters; copy editing reports and website content; providing support with event coordination; assisting staff throughout the program with communications-related tasks and completing other office support duties as assigned.

The Communications Intern will gain exposure to a range of policy issues while developing their communications, writing, and events skills. Applicants should expect a range of responsibilities, broadly defined under the following categories:

Communications Outreach

The intern will provide support Economic Studies’ traditional and social media engagement efforts.

Event Support

The intern will provide support for Economic Studies public forums.

Office Support

Applicants should be prepared to help with general office support. 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.



Undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students pursing an undergraduate degree in journalism, communications or marketing, political science, economics, or similar fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have strong writing and communications skills. Prior public affairs, communications, or event coordination experience is desired. 

A successful applicant will have a strong team work ethic and a belief that no task is too big or too small.

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 a paid internship opportunity 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 constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization. 

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