Vacancy for Events and Communications Intern in Washington, DC


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Interns spend approximately 10 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 internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns may participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.


This internship, beginning in January 2020, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and graduate students with an interest in events, communications, and economics to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. There are two positions available in Economic Studies (ES), one with The Hamilton Project and another with the ES communications team. All applicants will be considered for both positions.


This internship pays an hourly rate of $14.00, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 20 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.


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The intern will gain exposure to a range of economic policy issues while developing their communications, events, and writing skills. Applicants should expect a range of responsibilities, broadly defined under the following categories:


Event Outreach: The intern will provide support for all aspects of special event coordination for public forums and other events.


Communications Outreach: The intern will provide support for traditional and social media engagement efforts.


Office Support: The applicant should be prepared to help with general office support.


The Hamilton Project

The communications intern will support the work of the The Hamilton Project's Managing Director, Communications Manager, and Events and Outreach Specialist.


Responsibilities include providing support with event coordination; developing and updating media lists; analyzing media coverage stakeholder research; drafting tweets and other content for social media and newsletters; providing support as needed, in drafting website content; copyediting various THP external documents; and completing other office support duties as assigned.


ES Communications Department

The communications intern will support the work of the Communications Director, Media Relations Manager, and Digital Content Manager.


Responsibilities include developing and updating media lists; analyzing media coverage; drafting tweets and other content for social media and newsletters; copyediting reports and website content; providing support with event coordination; assisting staff throughout the program with communications-related tasks and completing other office support duties as assigned.






Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and graduate students studying journalism, political science, economics, or similar fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have strong writing and communications skills. Prior public affairs, event coordination or communications internship experience is desired. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply. 


A successful applicant will have a strong team work ethic and a belief that no task is too big or too small.


Additional Information:

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. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.  Please address your cover letter to Hiring Manager.


Selected applicants will additionally be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.  


The application deadline for this internship has been extended to October 27, 2019. The position will close at 11:59pm on October 27, 2019.  Applications not completed and submitted by the application deadline date will not be considered. Your application is considered complete when you receive an email confirming that your application was successfully submitted.


As you are applying, please be sure to click here to learn more about the Brookings Internship Program, deadlines, and directions on how to successfully submit your internship application(s).

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.

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