Research Internship, Center for Universal Education Research Internship, Center for Universal Education

The Brookings Institution The Brookings Institution

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


This fall internship, beginning in September 2015, is a paid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an interest in global education.

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, D.C. and will last approximately 10 weeks, concluding in mid-December. Background on the Center for Universal Education

Founded in 2002, the Center for Universal Education is one of the leading policy centers focused on universal quality education in the developing world. We develop and disseminate effective solutions to achieve equitable learning, whereby all children and youth are able to access a quality education that supports their lifelong learning and development. The center plays a critical role in influencing the development of new international education policies and in transforming them into actionable strategies for governments, civil society and private enterprise.


Education/KNowledge/Skills This person should currently be pursuing or have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in international affairs, international development or a related field. A strong interest in global education, as well as global development, is useful. Close attention to detail and strong interpersonal and organizational skills are vital for this internship. Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines, in a timely manner, within a fast-paced work environment. Fluency in written and spoken English required. Additional languages preferred. 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 2. A resume along with college transcripts, contact information for three academic or professional references and an original writing sample (No more than two pages). UNofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation rather than references are acceptable.


Under the direction of Rebecca Winthrop, Director of the Center for Universal Education, the candidate will provide research and administrative assistance for the Millions Learning project, which looks at where and how large scale improvements in education have been achieved in low and middle-income countries around the world. Students will work closely with the Director of CUE and their team on a research project that focuses on new models of education for the developing world. Specific duties include assistance with: 1) Conducting background research, data gathering and analysis on a broad range of topics related to global education, learning and scale. Additional areas for research will include, but are Not limited to: scaling in development and other disciplines; early childhood development, primary school, post-primary education; education and techNology; gender, and other factors of education marginalization. 2) Reviewing and organizing relevant research, data and documents from various sources including electronic databases, libraries, and government documents. 3) Drafting summaries of existing literature pertinent to assigned topics; compiling abstracts and organizing material into bibliographic form and summaries; and editing and fact checking materials. 4) Participating in relevant conferences, meetings and briefings writing summary reports, as necessary. 5) Assisting with Millions Learnings and related events and private discussions, including presentations and report launches, including preparing presentations. In addition to their primary responsibilities, 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.