ABOUT THE POSITION
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 summer internship, beginning in June 2020, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their sophomore,junior or senior year, and graduate students with an interest in national security 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 number of hours per week (no less than 30 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.
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.
The intern will assist with running and maintaining Lawfare, a website devoted to serious, non-ideological discussion of national security legal and policy issues and will have an opportunity learn a variety of research skills such as writing, research and blog maintenance. Learning will fall into three main categories:
- Writing: Work with Associate Editors to monitor national security and foreign policy developments, and 4-5 times per week, co-write “Today’s Headlines and Commentary”; work with Associate Editors 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 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
- Research: Provide research support to the Lawfare editorial team as needed.
- Maintaining the blog: Tag and categorize Lawfare posts; track relevant Congressional hearings; track and add relevant events to the Events Calendar; assist Associate Editors with the Lawfare Podcast
Undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year and graduate students working towards a degree in government, political science, international relations, and law are encouraged 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 as a research assistant.
HOW TO APPLY
For more information and to apply, click here. Application closes February 28, 2020.