Brookings Internship Program 2024: Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

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Want to start your professional career in a meaningful way? Brookings offers paid internships to around 150 degree-seeking students and recent graduates each year, with cohorts available in the spring, summer, and fall. These internships span across our five research programs (Governance Studies, Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, and Brookings Metro) as well as in our business units such as communications, finance, and human resources. To gain insights into the program, timelines, and expectations, please refer to the details outlined in the Brookings Internship Program.

The Brookings Internship Program provides degree-seeking students, and occasionally recent graduates, the opportunity to explore and develop their careers while learning new skills. The objective of the Internship Program is to offer a pre-professional, valuable, and hands-on work experience aligned with the student’s academic field or career aspirations. Internships are offered within a range of Brookings research programs (such as Governance Studies, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Metro, Economic Studies, and Foreign Policy) as well as in central business units (including Human Resources, Executive Office, Finance, Development, Facilities, and Communications).

The specific tasks assigned to interns vary depending on the position and may encompass research projects, administrative duties, communications tasks, and more.. Interns are integrated into Brookings’ day-to-day operations and, in addition to curated learning experiences for the intern cohort, are encouraged to participate in internal and external events, local networking opportunities, social and community programming, staff professional development, and employee-led professional networks and affinity groups. When available, you can find all open internships here.


Our extensive benefits package, which ranks among the top offered by nonprofit entities, encompasses medical, dental, and vision coverage, generous leave allowances, and flexible work arrangements.

We recognize that talented individuals in every field have many options for where they contribute their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Brookings endeavors to become a preferred employer and a nurturing environment where employees feel they can advance their careers. We achieve this by offering:

  • A competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package that supports our employees’ emotional, financial, and physical well-being.
  • A work atmosphere that prioritizes flexibility and collegiality, with a strong emphasis on inclusion and respect.
  • Continuing education and personal development opportunities.
  • A diverse workforce with engaging events and community-building activities.
  • The opportunity to contribute to work that has a meaningful impact on society


Brookings internships are open to individuals from diverse backgrounds and experience levels. The eligibility criteria include:

  • Current undergraduate and master’s students (PhD students are not eligible)
  • Individuals who have completed their degree within the past twelve months
  • International students who possess valid work authorization, such as F-1 or J-1 visa status, including those with Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT) eligibility.
  • Applicants must be present in the United States throughout the internship period.

Selection Process


  • Internship opportunities will be posted starting from the week of May 27, 2024
  • Application Deadline: June 23, 2024
  • Decisions on selections will be finalized during the week of August 12, 2024
  • The cohort will commence either on September 16, 2024, or October 1, 2024
  • The cohort will conclude either on December 13, 2024, or December 27, 2024

Application Documents

To be considered, all applications must be submitted prior to the specified deadline. Applications are only accepted once the internship is posted online. A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript (official or unofficial)

If required by the position description:

  • Writing sample

All applicants will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of a complete application. If an application is incomplete, applicants will be notified via email and instructed to access their Candidate Profile within Brookings’ Applicant Tracking System, iCIMS, to complete and resubmit their application.

If selected as a finalist (this is NOT required as part of the initial application process), applicants will be instructed to provide the following:

  • Contact information for two (2) references OR two (2) letters of recommendation. Confidential letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to
  • If the internship is through an external partnership: Written documentation of eligibility (i.e., a letter from the university or organization confirming this along with the amount of external funding provided).

Method of Application

Click Here to Apply

For more information,

Application Deadline: June 23, 2024

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