Fall 2019, Research Internship, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution – Washington, DC


This external sponsorship/academic focused internship, beginning in September 2019, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in foreign policy, particularly in issues related to geopolitics, globalization, and maritime security and trade to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.


Learning Objectives

The intern will develop research skills and acquire in-depth knowledge by conducting research assistance for a project analyzing the return to geopolitical competition among global powers in the maritime realm; the centrality of maritime trade to globalization; the implications of the deep-sea energy revolution; and the important interaction between climate change and oceans.

The intern may also gain first-hand experience in public policy and international affairs by assisting in the logistical planning and implementation of public events, private roundtables, briefings, and other meetings. Interns will assist in compiling and updating mailing, media, and invitation lists; proofreading, fact-checking, and editing project and research materials; planning travel and development opportunities; and will provide general administrative support.

Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, 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.



Graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year) working toward a degree in international affairs, political science, strategic studies, or related fields may apply. Applicants must have a strong understanding of research methods and event organization. Expertise or demonstrated knowledge of geopolitics, maritime policy, and climate change is preferred, as is familiarity with leading individuals, both academics and practitioners, in these policy areas.

Additional Information:

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.


Applications accepted until June 21, 2019. To be eligible for this internship, applicants must receive either academic credit or financial sponsorship from their university or another external organization and, once selected, be able to provide proof of such receipt. Learn more about the internship and the application process.

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