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

Internship Opportunity: The Brookings Institution - Summer 2018, Open Governance 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 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 fewer than 35 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: public policy, political science, and/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.


Interns will provide research support (and logistical/programmatic support, as needed) to scholars and staff associated with a new project focused on open governance approaches and interventions in the natural resource space, housed within Governance Studies at Brookings. The topic areas associated with this project include, but are not limited to: transparency, accountability, and participation initiatives; natural resource governance; global anti-corruption efforts; and mixed methods research.

Interns will have an opportunity to learn and/or strengthen a variety of research skills, such as data collection; data entry, editing, and other general research support, such as copyediting and fact-checking articles and other publications; building annotated bibliographies; compiling bios and developing topic syntheses in advance of stakeholder meetings; and drafting research memos.

In addition to providing research and programmatic 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 with less than one year post-graduation, and graduate students working towards a degree in public policy, political science, economics, or a related field are encouraged to apply.

Our most successful interns have: a demonstrated interest in open governance, anti-corruption, and/or natural resource governance issues; strong writing, analytic, and internet-based research skills; experience with fact-checking, data entry, and editing; familiarity with data collection, Excel, Stata/SPSS, database management, and/or economic statistics. 

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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