Summer 2018 Communications Internship, Governance Studies

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Job Type

Part Time




Dist. Columbia
United States


This external sponsorship/academic credit internship, beginning in June 2018, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in urban policy and governance to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.

This unpaid internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student's field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.

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Learning Objectives

Students will provide direct support to the Governance Studies communications team and have an opportunity to learn a variety of communication skills such as media relations, social media communication, paper editing, blogging, web publishing, and layout and dissemination of publications and scholarly work.

Interns will assist with a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: researching and identifying relevant media targets and updating media lists to reflect editorial staff and beat changes; staffing public events and assisting with live tweeting of events when appropriate; helping to draft social media language and content, especially for Twitter; monitoring print and broadcast media for coverage that includes mention of projects and experts; supporting work to promote Governance Studies research, experts, events, and news; assisting with media relations outreach activities, as appropriate; working to optimize Governance Studies work and scholars on website, as well as amplify scholarly research on social media; assisting with layout and design of research papers, as appropriate; drafting blog posts.

Interns will additionally have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events, as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.


Undergraduate students working toward a degree in public policy, political science, English, communications, journalism, and/or media relations are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have strong writing, social media, analytical, and multi-tasking skills. Experience with web publishing on Wordpress, graphic design programs such as Photoshop or Canva, and knowledge of media databases like Cision is preferred. Experience with copy editing is a plus.

Additional Information:

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.Successful applicants will additionally be required to provide two letters of recommendation or contact information for two references.

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. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals. Additionally, for this internship you must submit a college transcript and writing sample with your other application materials. Graduate students should also submit their graduate transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply