Summer 2014 Internship, Foreign Policy (Democracy and Human Rights)

 The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:

  • 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.

Brookings is proud to be consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank.

Position Description 

The Acting Director of Foreign Policy at Brookings is seeking one part-time or full-time Summer 2014 Intern to assist with research projects, events, and administrative activities.

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Daily tasks will include researching issues pertaining to specific projects and activities
  • Conducting quantitative and qualitative data evaluation
  • Summarizing and synthesizing documents
  • Maintaining contact databases
  • Monitoring current developments in relevant research areas
  • Attending events
  • Briefing senior fellows and support staff

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • Qualified applicants will have a demonstrated familiarity with one or more of the following areas: the intersection of foreign policy and human rights and democracy, comparative politics, multilateral affairs. Experience with quantitative research or knowledge of Latin America (especially Cuba), Indonesia or Turkey a plus.
  • English fluency required; proficiency in additional language(s), especially Spanish, desired
  • Successful candidates will be detail-oriented, with excellent time management, strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to prioritize and balance multiple short- and long-term projects, and have demonstrated experience summarizing and synthesizing large amounts of information.
  • Graduate students, recent graduates, or senior undergraduate students working towards a degree in a relevant field (e.g., international affairs, foreign policy, political science, international law, international political economy), are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Please send a Cover Letter including weekday availability, Resume/CV, and a brief Writing Sample (no more than five pages) as a single PDF to Ms. Ashley Miller at amiller@brookings.eduwith the subject line ‘Summer 2014 Intern Application – Full Name.’ Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.