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🚀 Internship

Summer 2024, Research Internship, Brown Center on Education Policy, Governance Studies

🚀 Summer Internship

Washington, DC

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  • The candidate must be a recent graduate or undergraduate student working towards a degree in public policy, education, political science, economics, statistics, or other social sciences. They should have strong writing, analytical, and quantitative research skills, as well as experience with Microsoft Excel and preferably Stata. The internship requires being located in the U.S., completing a background investigation, and submitting a cover letter and resume. Two letters of recommendation or professional references may be required for finalists.
  • The candidate will be responsible for conducting research, analyzing data, and providing general research support on education policy topics. They will also lead a weekly briefing, perform literature reviews, and collaborate with experts in the field.

Summer Internship

Government & PoliticsWashington, DC


  • Thinking about a career in public policy? Committed to improving the world we live in? Think Brookings - one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!  
  • Interns spend approximately 12 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. 
  • Interns will have the opportunity to attend virtual meetings, 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. 
  • This internship is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and graduate students with an interest in education policy 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 and up to 40 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.


  • Recent graduates, graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year), working towards a degree in public policy, education, political science, economics, statistics, and/or other social sciences are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have strong writing, analytical, and quantitative research skills, preferably demonstrated through prior independent research or previous research assistant experience.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel is required, and experience with Stata is a plus.
  • This internship requires you to be located in the U.S. for the duration of the internship.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.
  • Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. You are required to submit/attach a separate cover letter for each internship application. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals. We ask that all applicants include the following information in their cover letter:
  • What topics or policy areas in education are you most interested in?
  • How would an internship with the Brown Center help advance your career goals?
  • How many hours per week would you be able to work, and which work mode would you prefer (hybrid/in-person)?
  • Please address your cover letter to Hiring Manager.
  • If selected as a finalist for the internship, you will be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Government & Politics


  • Interns will have the opportunity to apply a variety of research skills such as policy landscapes, literature reviews, data collection, coding, and general research support. Interns will also lead a weekly briefing on education items in the news and recent research.
  • The topic areas of work include, but are not limited to, teacher workforce policies, K-12 education governance and politics, access and success in higher education, and school discipline policies. Summer interns also will be heavily involved in a project focused on understanding school boards and their elections. Interns will have the opportunity to perform substantive research and be exposed to top experts in the education policy field


Work type

Full time

Work mode


Application deadline

Feb 25, 2024


Washington, DC