Research Internship, Governance Studies Research Internship, Governance Studies

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 year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an interest in American political and governance challenges with identifying practical policy solutions.

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).


Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in a public policy, political science, and ecoNomics are encouraged to apply. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply. Our most successful interns have a demonstrated interest in American politics and policy; congress and congressional reform; and/or electoral politics; strong writing, analytic and internet-based research skills; experience with fact-checking and familiarity with tracking legislation, election issues and poll data; and familiarity with data collection; Stata/SPSS; database management; poll data; Excel; and/or ecoNomic statistics. 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.


Intern(s) will provide research support to Governance Studies scholars and research staff, and will also assist the administrative team in impact and outreach activities as the need arises. Research topics include, but are Not limited to: -The modern history of the Republican Party -Religion & politics -Federalism, fiscal reform and the infrastructure bank -Collecting, fact-checking, and helping to maintain Vital Statistics on Congress -Congress; political polarization; reforming government; political and corporate governance issues; and anti-corruption laws and efficacy -The legalization of marijuana, compromise and candidate-selection, gay marriage and family, and health care inNovation In addition to their primary responsibilities, interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, hearings on Capitol Hill, 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.