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

Internship Opportunity: The Brookings Institution - Summer 2018, Communications Internship, Governance 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 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: N/A

Desired Class Year: Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students

Desired Major or Interest: urban policy and governance

Application Deadline: N/A

Organization website: https://www.brookings.edu/

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.

Overview:

This external sponsorship/academic credit internship, beginning in June 2018, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in urban policy and governance 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 provide direct support to the Governance Studies communications team and have an opportunity to learn a variety of communication skills such as media relations, social media communication, paper editing, blogging, web publishing, and layout and dissemination of publications and scholarly work.

Interns will assist with a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: researching and identifying relevant media targets and updating media lists to reflect editorial staff and beat changes; staffing public events and assisting with live tweeting of events when appropriate; helping to draft social media language and content, especially for Twitter; monitoring print and broadcast media for coverage that includes mention of projects and experts; supporting work to promote Governance Studies research, experts, events, and news; assisting with media relations outreach activities, as appropriate; working to optimize Governance Studies work and scholars on Brookings.edu website, as well as amplify scholarly research on social media; assisting with layout and design of research papers, as appropriate; drafting blog posts.

Interns will additionally 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.

Qualifications:

Education/Knowledge/Skills

Undergraduate students working toward a degree in public policy, political science, English, communications, journalism, and/or media relations are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have strong writing, social media, analytical, and multi-tasking skills. Experience with web publishing on Wordpress, graphic design programs such as Photoshop or Canva, and knowledge of media databases like Cision is preferred. Experience with copy editing is a plus.

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 https://www.brookings.edu/careers/. 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 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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