Fall 2015 Research Internship, Center for Middle East Policy Fall 2015 Research Internship, Center for Middle East Policy

The Brookings Institution The Brookings Institution

Location Washington, DC
Start Date 9/1/2015
End Date 12/15/15
Application Deadline
Part Time
Part Time
Full Time
Full Time
Pay Rate $10.50/Hr.
Contact Information 202.797.6210 | Fax 202.797.2479 [email protected]


Internship Summary

This fall internship, beginning in September 2015, is a paid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an interest in political science, public policy, communications and/or media relations.

This internship pays an hourly rate of $10.50, and ideally applicants will work part-time during regular business hours (dependent on the applicant’s school schedule), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship is based in Washington, DC and will last approximately 10- 12 weeks (depending on the start date).


Education/Skills/ Experience Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. international affairs, foreign policy, political science, international law, international political ecoNomy). Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply. Acute attention to detail, excellent research and writing, editing, and professional communication are highly desirable. Exceptional character and excellent organizational, reasoning, and analytical skills are integral. A keen ability to understand foreign policy issues, along with good interpersonal skills, flexibility, discretion, and capacity to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in a fast-paced and highly productive atmosphere. English fluency is required; proficiency in a regional language is a plus. Working kNowledge of MS Excel and MS Word is required. Application Procedure Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To be considered, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Applicants should apply online, uploading two documents when prompted: 1. A cover letter highlighting your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals; and 2. A resume along with college transcripts and contact information for three academic or professional references. UNofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation rather than references are acceptable.


Primary Responsibilities Responsibilities will include providing programmatic and administrative assistance, events coordination, and research support, interns will acquire substantive professional experience while working with the Center for Middle East Policy (CMEP) at Brookings staff and scholars. Interns will assume a variety of responsibilities and hone organizational, analytical, and professional interpersonal skills assisting CMEP in its mission to foster high-level U.S. – Middle Eastern dialogue on the changes in Middle East and the global challenges that affect the regional relations. Interns will gain first-hand experience in public policy and international affairs by assisting in the logistical planning and implementation of conferences, roundtables, briefings, and other meetings; researching developing issues in Middle East; monitoring current developments in relevant research areas; proofreading, fact-checking, and editing research materials; collecting, reviewing, summarizing, and assembling relevant literature materials from a wide variety of sources; compiling and updating mailing, media, and invitation lists; attending foreign policy events; briefing CMEP staff members; and general administrative support. In addition to their primary responsibilities, interns will have the opportunity to attend internal presentations, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.