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

Internship Opportunity: The Brookings Institution - Summer 2018, Research Internship, The Hamilton Project

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

Organization website:

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

Hamilton Project interns will gain exposure to a broad set of policy topics, while developing their analytical thinking and writing skills.  Applicants should expect a range of responsibilities, broadly defined under the following categories:

General research and writing

Interns will assist with short-term research and other projects. Examples include research for policy memos, blog posts, or other Hamilton Project work products.  In addition, interns will be expected to analyze data and create graphs for the Hamilton Project economic analyses, policy memos, presentations and other items. 

Long-term research

Working with the Hamilton Project policy team, interns will help research potential topics and authors for future Hamilton Project work.

Policy Promulgation

Interns will work with the Hamilton Project’s outreach and communications team in promoting the Project’s proposals.

Event staffing

Interns may help prepare materials for events and work at various aspects of the event, such as registration.


The applicant 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.



Applicants should be pursing an undergraduate degree in economics or in a related field like mathematics or statistics and should have strong writing and analytical skills. Applicants should have taken introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. Coursework in statistics or econometrics is highly recommended.  Applicants should be proficient using Microsoft Excel. 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.

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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