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

Internship Opportunity: The Brookings Institution - Summer 2018, Research 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.

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

Desired Major or Interest: 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 support on a variety of research projects related to economic policy. Projects may include: assisting with assembling background material for forthcoming blog posts and op-eds; helping with researching papers; working on a federal budget policy website; assisting with event logistics; assisting with preparing summaries of workshops, meetings and events; helping with the promotion of research projects and activities; helping update contact lists.

Specific duties will depend on the individual's interest and abilities, but will likely include collecting and analyzing data, performing statistical analysis, writing literature reviews, assembling reference lists, and providing other research 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.


Graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year) or graduate students working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. economics, mathematics or statistics, or a related field). Applicants should have strong writing and analytical skills. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply.

Applicants should have taken introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. Coursework in statistics or econometrics is highly recommended.  Applicants will be expected to be proficient using Microsoft Office. Proficiency with STATA, or other statistical software, is preferred.

A successful applicant will have a strong team work ethic and a belief that no task is too big or too small. Applicants should be planning to live in the D.C. area during summer 2018.

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 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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