Research Internship - Foreign Policy

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  • Strengthen American democracy;
  • Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and
  • Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

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Position Description 

The Foreign Policy Program at Brookings is currently accepting applications for a Research Intern for the spring of 2014. Optimally, this position will last for the duration of the spring semester, although exact starting and ending dates are flexible. Working hours are negotiable depending on qualifications and other commitments. Please note that all internships are unpaid. The intern will provide support for an ongoing research project focused on the history of diplomacy in the Middle East. There will be substantial opportunities for conducting in-depth primary research.

Roles and Responsibilities  

  • Creating and maintaining research databases
  • Summarizing documents
  • Monitoring current developments in relevant research areas
  • Providing support to Foreign Policy programming at Brookings. Some administrative work will be necessary 

Eligibility and Requirements  

  • Excellent verbal and written communication time management and organizational skills 
  • The ability to analyze and cross-reference documents from multiple sources 
  • A demonstrated interest in Middle East politics and/or U.S. foreign policy in the region.
  • Candidates with a strong research background (including archival research) are preferred 
  • Current graduate students in Middle East studies, diplomatic history, or international affairs are encouraged to apply, as well as undergraduate students with sufficient research experience. Knowledge of Hebrew and/or Arabic is highly desirable. 

​Application Instructions 

Please email a cover letter indicating your interest and weekday availability- A resume- A short writing sample (5 page maximum), to Ms. Jane Olin-Ammentorp with ‘Spring 2014 Internship – Full Name’ in the email subject line.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; incomplete submissions will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Phone interviews will take place in December, with a starting date in mid-January. No phone calls please.