Research Internship, Center for the US and Europe, Brookings Institute – Washington, DC


This external sponsorship/academic focused summer internship, beginning in June 2019, is an opportunity for graduate students or undergraduates in their junior or senior year with an interest in European affairs and transatlantic relations to support scholar research and activity on matters of U.S. policy towards Europe and the foreign policies of European states, and to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. The internship will focus on a broad range of issues, including transatlantic relations; the future of the European Union; U.S.-U.K.-European relations after Brexit; Russia; and nationalism, populism, and challenges to democracy. This internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills. Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 32 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.


Learning Objectives

Interns will acquire substantive professional experience while working with the staff and scholars in the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings to assist with programmatic and administrative assistance, events coordination, and research support. Interns will hone organizational, analytical, and professional interpersonal skills assisting CUSE in its mission to foster high-level U.S.-European dialogue on the changes in Europe and the global challenges that affect transatlantic relations.

Interns will gain first-hand experience in public policy and international affairs by assisting in the logistical planning and implementation of conferences, roundtables, briefings, and other meetings; researching developing issues in Europe; monitoring current developments in relevant research areas; proofreading, fact-checking, and editing research materials; collecting, reviewing, summarizing, and assembling relevant literature materials from a wide variety of sources; compiling and updating mailing, media, and invitation lists; attending foreign policy events; briefing CUSE staff members; and providing 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 towards a degree in a relevant field (e.g., international affairs, foreign policy, international security, political science, international law, or other related field) are encouraged to apply.

Qualified applicants will have a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: European affairs, the European Union, transatlantic relations, Russia, and European security issues. English fluency is required; proficiency in additional language(s) is also desired. Superior writing and editing abilities, strong organizational and analytical skills, interpersonal acumen, and acute attention to detail are essential.

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.

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.

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