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Summer 2021, Research and Events Internship, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Foreign Policy


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 remotely 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, local 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, beginning in June 2021, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and graduate students with an interest in East Asia and Southeast Asia to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. The internship is offered on the basis of academic credit and/or external financial support.

Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 24 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.

To learn more about Brookings research programs, click here.


Learning Objectives
Interns will have the opportunity to assist with research for Senior Fellows in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP). Additionally, interns may assist with the coordination of seminars, meetings and public events, proofreading and editing, providing administrative support for CEAP staff, and monitoring current developments in East Asia and Southeast Asia. Interns may have the opportunity to work on tracking and gathering updates and statistics on foreign policy-related issues in the region, including but not limited to geopolitics, defense/security, and trade/economy. Research assistance may include identifying and finding Chinese official documents related to the Fellow’s research subject, as well as drafting literature reviews and creating dossiers for these documents, and translating Chinese language documents into English. Research topics may include China’s “Neighborhood Diplomacy” and “Community of Common Destiny” concepts, Chinese policies toward Southeast Asia on the South China Sea disputes, the export of 5G technology, and Beijing’s recent COVID-19 diplomacy and related foreign assistance.

Interns should leave the internship with a better understanding of how to conduct high quality research, interact with top scholars in the field, and identify key areas in need of public policy research.



Applicants should be undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. international relations, Asian studies, political science, etc.). Qualified applicants will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in East Asia and/or Southeast Asia, international relations, and U.S. foreign policy. Experience working in an office setting is desired, along with attention to detail, a sense of initiative, and a strong desire to learn and to contribute as a valued team member. Fluent or native-level English language ability is required. Advanced Chinese language ability is preferred.

Additional Information:

This is a remote only opportunity. 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.

To be eligible for this internship, applicants must receive either academic credit or financial sponsorship from their university or another external organization and, once selected, be able to provide proof of such receipt.

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 you apply to. 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.

Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2021. 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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