Summer 2013 Internship
The Brookings Institution - Washington, DC

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BASIC FUNCTION Summer 2013 Internship
Saban Center for Middle East Policy

The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution is seeking a full-time intern for the summer to provide assistance for the Center’s research projects, events, and outreach activities. The intern will also provide some administrative support for Center staff and visiting scholars. This unpaid internship will last approximately two months, with a start date in early June, and entail working approximately 30-40 hours per week.

The Saban Center conducts original research and develops innovative programs to promote a better understanding of the policy choices facing American decision-makers in the Middle East. The Center offers independent research and recommendations through its analysis papers, research memos, policy lunches, and conferences throughout the year.

The internship, consisting of approximately 60% research assistance and 40% administrative support/events coordination, has these specific duties and responsibilities:

- Research and collect data on a variety of foreign policy issues concerning United States policy in the Middle East;
- Work with the Research Assistants to collect and analyze information; review and assemble relevant literature such as press reports, publications, government data, documents, and reports from a wide variety of sources, including library and Internet searches, statistical databases, news sources, NGOs, journalists, and diplomats;
- Monitor and summarize current developments in relevant research areas;
- Update and check existing data and footnotes; assist with editing and proofreading of publications;
- Attend policy briefings, forums, and symposia as requested; write summary reports for scholars;
- Provide standard administrative support to Center staff and visiting fellows, including word processing, photocopying, and other routine office tasks;
- Conduct other relevant work and participate in Center activities as requested.

Education Requirement

An educational background in international affairs, political science, public policy, or related area with emphasis on the Middle East. Previous experience in research, event coordination, office management, and professional communications is helpful.

Skills Requirement

Superior research, writing, and editing ability. Excellent organizational, reasoning, and analytical skills, and acute attention to detail are integral. Keen ability to understand foreign policy issues, along with good interpersonal skills, flexibility, discretion, and capacity to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in a fast-paced and highly productive atmosphere. Fluency in a regional language is preferred.


Please send a cover letter and resume to: Christal Shrader at with “Saban Internship – Summer 2013” in the subject line. The application deadline is February 28, 2013. Only those applicants selected for further discussion will be contacted. For international applicants, Brookings is not responsible for providing student or work visas; you will need to make your own visa arrangements.

The internship will run from approximately June 3 – August 2, 2013. This is an unpaid position.

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