Thursday, October 20, 2011

Research in the D.C. Metro Area

Description:  The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex, is always looking for the brightest and most talented people to help us produce our world-class programs, exhibits, and research. Smithsonian interns have opportunities to make an impact, develop personally and professionally, and learn from people who are experts in their fields.  
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Field:  Art; History and Culture; Libraries, Archives, and Preservation; Professional Services; Science and Research
Eligibility:  Varies depending on the internship position
Funding:  Both paid and unpaid internships are available

Description:  A number of divisions of the museum offer semester-long internships. Some of these internships include a research element. For examples, interns with the Committee on Conscience participate in a wide range of the Museum’s genocide prevention and response activities, including research.
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Field:  Humanities- History, Architecture, Museum, Library Science, the Arts
Funding:  Unpaid

History, Government and Public Policy

Description:  AEI internships provide students with an opportunity to work with some of America's most renowned scholars, economists, legal scholars, political scientists, and foreign policy specialists doing research on current public policy questions.  Approximately fifty internship opportunities are available in the fall, winter, and summer in the areas of: economic policy, foreign and defense studies, social and political studies, media affairs, The American magazine, publications editing, information systems, marketing, and human resources. Internships are unpaid, and the hours and days are flexible, either part or full time.  An internship with AEI offers opportunities for extensive interaction on an everyday basis in an arena with more than 50 of America's most cited experts in the fields of politics and public policy.  Each intern is paired with a scholar or business director whose area of expertise coincides with the intern's interests.
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Field:  Economics; Law; Political Science; Foreign Policy; Public Policy; Defense Studies
Eligibility:  Current undergraduates
Funding:  Unpaid, though interns do receive complimentary breakfast and lunch prepared by AEI’s in-house gourmet chef and are honored at a formal intern dinner

Description:  The Arms Control Association is looking for individuals to fill a limited number of intern positions. Interns are involved in many facets of ACA's work including:  researching arms control and security issues for articles and fact sheets; assisting in preparing and editing ACA's monthly journal Arms Control Today; monitoring activity in the press and on Capitol Hill; and supporting the analysts in a variety of administrative tasks.  Interns are encouraged to engage in substantive discussions with ACA analysts in order to gain a deeper understanding of the arms control field. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, although the program also considers applicants for part-time positions during the Fall and Spring terms.
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Field:  Arms Control, Peace, Security, Government, Politics
Eligibility:  The Association will consider qualified undergraduates, graduate students, and individuals no longer in school for internship positions; however, the internship program is best suited for undergraduates. Substantive experience is highly valued, but so too is a willingness to work hard and to learn.
Funding:  Interns are given a daily stipend for lunch and are reimbursed for commuting expenses.  The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a stipend for college graduates to work with NGOs, including the Arms Control Association, in Washington, D.C., on arms control, peace, and security issues for six to nine months.

Description:  The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:  strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.  Internships at the Brookings Institution are designed to provide participants with opportunities to grow professionally and personally.  They are a chance to use classroom knowledge in a practical environment, while learning and working alongside others that are passionate about their work.
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Field:  Economics; Foreign Policy; Global Economy and Development; Government; Metropolitan Policy
Eligibility:  Varies—see individual postings
Funding:  Unpaid

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