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Spring 2020, Research Internship, The Hamilton Project, Economic Studies (Job ID: 2019-2120)

The Brookings Institution Washington, DC
  • Expired: August 26, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

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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 economics to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. 


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. The Hamilton Project prefers full-time availability for research interns.


To learn more about Brookings research programs, click here.

Hamilton Project interns will gain exposure to a broad set of policy topics while developing their analytical thinking and writing skills. Applicants should expect a range of responsibilities, broadly defined under the following categories:


General research and writing

Interns will assist with short-term research and other projects. Examples include research for policy memos, blog posts, or other Hamilton Project work products. In addition, interns will be expected to analyze data and create graphs for  Hamilton Project economic analyses, policy memos, presentations and other items. 


Long-term research

Working with the Hamilton Project policy team, interns will help research potential topics and authors for future Hamilton Project work.


Policy Promulgation

Interns will work with the Hamilton Project’s outreach and communications team in promoting the Project’s proposals.


Event staffing

Interns may help prepare materials for events and work at various aspects of the event, such as registration.



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

Education/Skills/ Experience


Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and graduate students in economics or in a related field (e.g. mathematics or statistics) are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants will have strong writing and analytical skills. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply.


Applicants should have taken introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. Coursework in statistics or econometrics is highly recommended. Applicants will be expected to be proficient using Microsoft Excel. Proficiency with STATA or other statistical software is preferred. 


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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Washington, DC