Communications and Engagement Internship, Brookings (Washington, DC)


Thinking about a career in public policy? Committed to improving the world we live in? Think Brookings – one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

Interns spend approximately 10 weeks working alongside leading experts in government and academia from all over the world. Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management. The mission of the Internship Program is to provide students with a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to their field of study or career interest. Students engage in career exploration and development as well as learn new skills.

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.

This internship, beginning in June 2020, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and recent college graduate students with an interest in public policy outreach to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. This internship pays an hourly rate of $15.00, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week, (during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.

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The communications & engagement intern is tasked with supporting the development of Brookings Metro’s communications products, including blogs, reports, research briefs, and social media, as well as providing administrative support on special projects and outreach strategies involving external stakeholders. In particular, the communications & engagement intern will provide support on media outreach and tracking, copy editing, general research, and administrative tasks.


Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in communications, public policy, urban policy, or related fields. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply.Our most successful interns possess the following skills: Excellent writer and editor, strong attention to detail, social media experience, research capabilities, ability to work in fast paced environment, strong multi-tasking skills and ability to meet tight deadlines, capacity to perform well in team and individual settings, understanding of newsworthiness of key research, and interest in public policy.


Apply by: February 28, 2020

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