Research & Project Coordination Internship, Brookings – Washington, D.C


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.

This internship is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and graduate students with an interest in advancing global sustainable development to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. This internship pays an hourly rate of $17.00, and 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.

Position Location: This position is open to hybrid and/or remote applicants. Hybrid work combines regular in-person presence at our Washington, DC, office with the option of remote work. Remote work applicants may not work from the following states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington. 


The Global Economy and Development (“Global”) program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress.  The intern will work within the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) on the 17 Rooms team, gaining exposure to a broad set of policy topics related to global sustainable development and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), while developing their analytical thinking, organizational, and writing skills. The intern will report to a Senior Project Manager at CSD and will assist with the execution of the 17 Rooms initiative – a convening and problem-solving approach to stimulate cooperative action for the SDGs.

Applicants should expect a range of opportunities, broadly defined under the following categories:

General research and writing: The intern will support tasks such as literature review, conducting data searches, quantitative data analysis, database updates, bibliographic support, fact-checking, and contributing to blogs, research briefs, and presentations.

Event Coordination and Administrative Support: During the internship period, there will be virtual meetings and events for which the intern will provide support through drafting invitations, tracking registration, communication with external stakeholders, notetaking, and coordinating travel as required. The intern will also support the team by creating PowerPoints, drafting public remarks, and scheduling meetings.


Graduate or undergraduate students completing their junior or senior year in a discipline relevant to sustainable development (e.g., economics, political science, heath science, natural science, climate science, public policy, or related fields). Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public policy and promoting equity. Candidates with an interest in the Sustainable Development Goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must have some knowledge of qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods research, and experience in conducting literature searches and review. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Additionally, applicants should have prior meeting or event coordination experience and a strong attention to detail.

Applications will be accepted until February 26, 2023.

To learn more & apply: click here.

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