Research Internship, Lawfare Research Internship, Lawfare

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
Paid
Pay Rate $10.50/Hr.
Contact Information [email protected]

Description

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 national security. Interns will be responsible for helping to run and maintain Lawfare, a website devoted to serious, Non-ideological discussion of national security legal and policy issues. Lawfare has emerged as the internet’s indispensable resource for information and analysis on the law of national security. Devoted to “Hard National Security Choices,” the site features top-quality writing and analysis from experts on developing stories in the national security arena, relevant legislation, and judicial opinions. It is a digital magazine that includes a podcast, a book review, research tools, a daily news roundup, an events calendar, and exhaustive coverage of events other media touch only glancingly.

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).

Requirements

Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in government, political science and law are encouraged to apply. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply. Our most successful interns have very strong writing, analytical, and research skills, as well as excellent verbal and organizational skills---preferably demonstrated through prior independent research or previous experience internships. 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.

Responsibilities

The Lawfare intern’s responsibilities fall into three categories: Writing: - Work with Associate Editor to monitor national security and foreign policy developments, and 2-3 times per week, co-write “Today’s Headlines and Commentary.” - Work with Associate Editor to co-write “The Week that Will Be,” a weekly feature that outlines upcoming events, academic anNouncements, and employment anNouncements. - Work with the Associate Editor to co-write a regular deep-dive analytical piece on a relevant national security law and policy issue. - Sole-author “The Week that Was,” a weekly piece that provides a guide to the week’s Lawfare content. Research: - Provide research support to the Lawfare editorial team as needed. Current projects include a book manuscript on data and techNology proliferation and their implications for security; a paper on techNology and privacy; and a paper on military justice. - Work to develop the Lawfare Wiki by taking a deep research dive into one or two areas of national security law. The intern will identify key primary source materials, summarize relevant documents, and create and develop the topic page on Lawfare. Maintaining the blog: - Tag and categorize all Lawfare posts - Track relevant Congressional hearings - Track and add relevant events to the Events Calendar 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.