SUMMER 2021 Brookings Research Internships

*New Opportunities Added*

The Brookings Institution is a non-profit policy organization, based in Washington, DC, that works to solve problems facing society by conducting in-depth research. They address problems at a local, national, and global level. They are currently seeking interns for several of their projects. Interns will attend meetings, think-tanks, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. Through this, the interns will work to assist with research for the individual projects as well as event coordination and providing administrative and communications support to the senior staff of the project.  The internship will begin in June 2021 and will last for 10 weeks with interns working a minimum of 24 hours a week.

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The deadline to apply is February 28, 2021.


  • Undergraduate students of junior or senior status working towards a degree in a relevant field
  • Knowledge of U.S. Foreign policy
  • Fluent in English
  • Experience working in an office setting (or remotely) is desirable
  • Attention to detail, a sense of initiative, ability to work independently, and a strong desire to learn and to contribute as a valued team member
  • Located in the U.S. for the duration of the internship
  • Access to computer and stable internet connection
  • A background investigation is required for completing an internship with Brookings

Opportunities available

India Project | Remote
  • Assist Director and Senior Fellow of the Brooking India Project with research
  • Coordinate events such as seminars, meetings, and public events
  • Provide administrative support to senior project members
  • Monitor current developments in India and South Asia
  • Contribute research on India’s relationship with China and the United States

For more information and to apply to this project, click here.

Center on the United States and Europe | Remote
  • Research a broad range of issues relating to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the transatlantic partnership
  • Work with staff and scholars from the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings
    • Programmatic and administrative assistance
    • Event coordination
    • Research support
  • Assist in the logistical planning and implementation of conferences, roundtables, briefings, and other meetings
  • Monitor current developments in the above areas

For more information and to apply to this project, click here.

John L. Thorton China Center | Remote
  • Assist with the John L. Thorton China Center’s research projects
    • Compile, edit, and proofread interviews, speeches, and published articles
    • Collect and organize data and information in both Chinese and English as needed
  • Edit and proofread current book manuscripts on Chinese leadership politics and U.S. Chinese relations
    • conducting background research for dialogue series on U.S.-China relations artificial intelligence, and democracy in Asia
  • Assisting with the process of translating a book in the China Thinkers Series
  • Assist in the logistical planning and implementation of conferences, roundtables, briefings, and other meetings

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, click here.

Subnational Threats-Transnational Networks, Center for Security | Remote
  • Examine a broad range of issues including drug trafficking, crime, and the opioid crisis in the United States and Mexico, conflict stabilization, how non-state entities have responded to Covid-19, and more
  • Monitor current development in the above areas
  • Assist senior staff by researching, creating memos and briefings, editing publications, and organizing and attending Brookings events
  • Depending on an intern’s foreign language ability they will also help to translate documents

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, click here.

Data and Communications | Remote

  • Work with experienced communications professionals in the foreign policy field
  • Develop practical, professional work experience by providing administrative assistance to senior staff at Brookings
  • Carefully collect, and manage program-wide data.
    • Analyze data sets for errors, importing and organizing data in the database, reporting on key data sets, and updating contact, event, and impact data as needed
    • Research key professional networks relevant to the field of foreign policy to identify and compile new data for the program
  • Use Meltwater to create lists, dashboards, and email alerts to track and report on earned media for FP scholars
    • Monitor incoming media requests via the foreign policy media inbox and phone line, and schedule interviews as needed
  • Assist with editing, to include event-related documents (e.g. announcements, summaries) and FP publications (e.g. citations, charts/graphs as applicable)
  • Assist with summary writing for the weekly FP newsletter, as well as with writing occasional event summary blog posts
  • Note: This opportunity is open to younger undergraduate students, as long as they have completed their first year. All other qualifications still apply

For more information and to apply, click here.

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