Spring 2022 Brookings Institute Research Internship: Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors

The Brookings Institute is seeking interns to work as a part of the Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors for the Spring 2022 semester. Interns typically work a 10-week session alongside the institute’s experts. Interns will have the opportunity to attend virtual meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to network with other interns throughout the Institution. All internships are operating remotely, and applicants must be able to commit at least 25 hours per week.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is September 19th, 2021.


  • Monitor current developments in relevant research areas
  • Conduct qualitative – and at times quantitative – research
  • Produce written briefings and memos and brief support staff and senior fellows
  • Summarize and synthesize documents, maintain databases, and edit publications
  • Help staff Brookings events and attend additional external think tank events
  • Conduct additional administrative tasks related to web-postings, and logistical tasks related to events featuring guest speakers
  • Depending on an intern’s foreign language abilities, they may also help translate documents


  • Living in the United States for the duration of the internship
  • Able to successfully complete a background investigation
  • Undergraduate student in their junior or senior year or Graduate student
  • Fluent in English; Additional language skills, especially Mandarin Chinese and/or Spanish, preferred
  • Concentration, or demonstrated interest in  illicit economies, nonstate armed actors, counternarcotics policies, wildlife conservation, public health, insurgencies, militant/extremist groups, terrorism, and human rights
  • Knowledge of China and Southeast Asia, Latin America (especially Mexico), South Asia (especially Afghanistan and Iraq), and the Horn of Africa and West Africa a plus

For more information and to apply, click here.

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