Illicit Economies and Intelligence Internship, Brookings Institution

Summer 2017 Research and Events Internship, (Illicit Economies and Intelligence) Center for for 21st Century Security and Intelligence

“This external sponsorship/academic credit spring internship, beginning in June 2017, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in illicit economies and intelligence to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.

This unpaid 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.

Learning Objectives:

Students will learn how to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to a professional public policy institution and environment. They will develop practical work experience by researching issues pertaining to specific projects and activities, conducting qualitative and quantitative data evaluation, summarizing and synthesizing documents, maintaining contact databases, monitoring current developments in relevant research areas, attending events, and briefing support staff and senior fellows.

The intern 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 a relevant field (i.e. international affairs, foreign policy, political science, international law, international political economy) may apply.

Qualified applicants will have a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following research areas: illicit economies, counternarcotics policies, insurgencies, militant/extremist groups, terrorism, and intelligence. Knowledge of Latin America (especially Mexico, Colombia, and the Andean region), the Middle East and South Asia (especially Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India), the Horn of Africa and West Africa, and/or South East Asia is a plus. English fluency is required; proficiency in additional language(s), especially Spanish, is desired.


Washington, D.C., 20036

Additional Information:

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

Applicants should have strong writing and analytical skills and strong team work ethic. Applicants should have taken introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. Coursework in statistics or econometrics is highly recommended. Applicants will be expected to be proficient using Microsoft Excel. Proficiency with STATA, or other statistical software, is preferred.

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 experienc e and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.

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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The application deadline is February 13, 2017. 

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