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Summer 2023, Finance Intern, Economic Studies (Job ID: 2023-3130)

The Brookings Institution Washington, DC
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February 1, 2023
The Brookings Institution
Washington, 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 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 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 finance administration to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. This internship pays an hourly rate of $17.00; applicants must be willing to commit to working at least 20 hours per week.


To learn more about Brookings research programs, click here. 


Position Location: (Hybrid) This is a hybrid opportunity. Hybrid positions combine regular in-person presence at our Washington, DC, office with the option of remote work. Remote work applicants may not work from the following states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington. 


Vaccine Policy: Brookings requires all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.  


Individuals that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation.  Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.   


The Finance Intern will work in an office and team environment, and assist with finance support of Economic Studies. This internship is designed to build on interpersonal skills, such as writing and verbal communication and relationship management; organizational skills; and project management.


The intern will be exposed to the non-research, administration side of Brookings, and learn how the program operates. Interns may work on a variety of tasks including financial and expense analysis, financial trend mapping, monthly program dashboard updates, drafting agreements, and participating in planning meetings with research scholars.




Applicants should be undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with a major in finance, business, math, or related fields. A strong interest in economics and public policy is useful. Applicants should be proficient in Excel to perform analysis with large data sets  A successful applicant will have a strong team work ethic, attention to detail, and a belief that no task is too big or too small.


Additional Information:


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. 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.  


Applications will be accepted until February 26, 2023. 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 welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.


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