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2018 Brookings Internship Program for Undergraduate And Graduate Students

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Deadline: June 22, 2018

The Brookings Internship program provides an opportunity for
undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to engage in career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.

The mission of the Internship program is to provide students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. Interns may work with Brookings’s staff in research areas – Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy. Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management.

Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns may participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.

Types of Internships

  • Brookings offers three types of internships – paid, academic for credit, and external sponsorship. Internships are offered during the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. Internships are usually 10-12 weeks and located in Washington DC.
  • Specifically for unpaid Internships, Brookings has partnered with several colleges, universities and external sponsors to provide students’ academic credit or funding to ensure there is a purposeful learning program structured into the experience.
  • Colleges, universities and organizations interested in providing academic credit, or providing funding through external sponsorships as part of Brookings Institution’s internship program, should send an email to
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Application Process

All applications must be submitted online by the application deadline. Please see below for more information about the schedule and deadlines.

When you apply:

  • Submit your cover letter and resume
  • Upload a transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

Please Note:

  • You only need to complete required fields (marked with an asterisk); this includes all screening questions. If your application is incomplete, you will receive an email to finish the application process.
  • Internships that require writing samples will include the request as part of the job description. If required, please upload a writing sample.
  • All applicants receive an email confirming that the application has been received.
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Internship Program Schedule:

Summer 2018

  • Internships posted beginning: January 8
  • Application deadline: March 9
  • Decisions are generally made by: March 23
  • Program start date: June 4
  • Program end date: August 11

Fall 2018

  • Internship posted beginning: May 14
  • Application deadline: June 22
  • Decisions are generally made by: July 13
  • Program start date: September 10
  • Program end date: December 7

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