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

Internship Opportunity: The Brookings Institution - Summer 2018, Research Internship, Legal Fellow Internship, Office of the General Counsel

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: While Brookings is willing to consider candidates willing to commit at least 20 hours (1/2 time) for the summer semester, a full-time commitment is preferable and will likely result in a more professionally fulfilling experience. The successful candidate needs to work at least three days per week.

Desired Class Year: graduate students enrolled in an ABA accredited law school program

Desired Major or Interest: N/A

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.


This external sponsorship/academic credit summer internship, beginning in June 2018, is an opportunity for graduate students enrolled in an ABA accredited law school program 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.

Working with the Assistant General Counsel of the Brookings Institution, the Legal Fellow intern will help the General Counsel’s office support the work of the Institution through: reviewing contracts, drafting documents for a variety of transactions; policy development, interpretation and review; and researching and writing about a wide array of topics covering the gamut of an in-house general practice.  The intern will have the opportunity to conduct in-depth legal research, to do a variety of types of legal writing and to observe the function of a small, corporate legal department first-hand.

Learning Objectives:

The Legal Fellow will review contracts, conduct research, draft memoranda, agreements and policies, and provide general legal support to the General Counsel. While specific duties will vary based upon the selected individual’s experience, time commitment, interests and the needs of the Institution, they may include: performing the initial review of routine contracts and helping revise contract templates; assisting in the creation, revision and editing of corporate policies; conducting in-depth research on various federal, District of Columbia and international legal issues; assisting in drafting various agreements and documents; assisting in developing PowerPoint presentations, talking points and communications to various internal clients and external contacts; providing general support to the Office of the General Counsel.

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.



Currently pursuing a J.D. Some professional legal experience preferred (e.g., prior internships, clerkships, paralegal work prior to law school). Proficient in the use of Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook. Ability to carry out assigned projects to completion; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; maintain confidential and sensitive information; and to follow instructions. Professional, articulate, courteous, and tactful.

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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