Research Internship, John L. Thornton China Cent Research Internship, John L. Thornton China Cent

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 China to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.

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 weeks.


Current graduate students preferred, but recent graduates and undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. international relations, China studies, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Additionally, qualified applicants will have a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: Chinese political, social and ecoNomic issues and U.S. foreign policy in the region. Previous editing and proofreading experience is required and demonstrated strong research skills are preferred. Additionally, native fluency of English is required and Mandarin Chinese language skills are desirable. 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.


Daily tasks for the students will include assisting in center research programs; compiling, editing, and proofreading interviews, speeches, and published articles of center’s scholars; collecting and organizing data and information in both Chinese and English as needed; arranging all research relevant documents, reports and publications. Students should leave the internship with a better understanding of how to conduct high quality research, interact with top scholars in the field, and identify key areas in need of public policy research. Students will also 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, attending foreign policy events, and general administrative support. Additional assignments will also include assisting the center’s scholars on research tasks on an as needed basis. 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.