Research Internship, Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program – Washington, DC

This Spring internship, beginning in January 2019, is a paid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an interest metroplitan initiatives to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment, gaining experience and contributing to the work at the world’s leading think tank. This internship pays an hourly rate of $13.25, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 24 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.

The intern will assist with research related tasks on various metropolitan initiatives in the areas of community development, advanced industries, workforce, infrastructure and housing development.

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 student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in public policy, urban policy, economics statistics/mathematics, other social sciences, or related fields. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply.

Knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, ArcGIS, SAS, STATA, R, Python and/or SQL are strongly recommended, but not required. Experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research is preferred.

Additional Information:

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

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.

Selected applicants will additionally be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

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