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

Internship Opportunity: The Brookings Institution - Summer 2018, International Economics Research Internship, Global Economy and Development

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: 40 hours per week

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

Desired Major or Interest: public policy, education, political science, economics, statistics, and/or other social sciences 

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 academic credit 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 economics and/or finance, 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:

Students will have the opportunity to perform background research (including literature reviews), data gathering from primary and secondary sources, data cleaning and manipulation, and basic statistical analysis. Students will get exposure to the different stages of a research project—formulating a research question, surveying the literature, working with data, and various elements of empirical analysis, including running regressions and the creation of informative tables and figures.

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.

Qualifications:

Education/Knowledge/Skills

Applicants should be graduate or undergraduate students, who have completed their freshman year, working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. economics or finance). Students with a more technical background (applied mathematics, computer science), but with an interest in economics or finance, will also be considered. Students should be familiar with basic concepts in statistics and econometrics, Excel, and, ideally, a software package like Stata.

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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