Brookings Institution Summer Internship | St. Lawrence University African Studies

Brookings Institution Summer Internship

African Security Initiative
Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

Applications for Summer Internship

(Open to current SLU students---deadline to apply: March 13th)

The African Security Initiative is a program housed at the world renowned Brookings Institution. Brookings is a leading D.C. “think-tank” whose mission focuses on the intersection between academic research and public policy. The African Security Initiative brings together scholars, government officials and other policy makers to examine a wide range of issues impacting security on the African continent today. Past events and research has focused on U.S. foreign policy in Africa, conflict, electoral reform and executive power, and a wide range of other issues.

The African Security Initiative intern will work under the supervision of Dr. Michael O’Hanlon, who is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings and directs the African Security initiative. Interns will help organize public events and assist in on-going research and publication activities associated with the African Security Initiative.

The selected intern will work full time at Brookings and is expected to reside in the D.C. area for at least 8 weeks. Start and end dates for the internship will be negotiated directly with Dr. O’Hanlon (but generally start June 3rd and end by August 9th). St. Lawrence will provide a weekly living stipend duration of the internship (up to 12 weeks). Students may also apply for a need based relocation stipend to facilitate travel to Washington D.C.  

Graduating seniors are eligible to apply but must be eligible to work in the U.S. after graduation. 

Qualified applicants should have a strong academic background in African studies, government/international relations and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Students with experience in African studies related off-campus study, language training, and independent research are particularly encouraged to apply

A completed application must include:

  • A 1-2 page letter of application in which you describe your academic background in African Studies (e.g. courses taken on and off campus, previous internships or work experience). Your letter should also discuss your experience with, and interest in research in African security and the work of Brookings more broadly.
  • A current résumé
  • Two letter of recommendations (at least one from a faculty member familiar with your work in African Studies)
  • A copy of your un-official SLU Transcript

All materials should be sent to Dr. Matt Carotenuto (Search committee chair) @mcarotenuto@stlawu.edu no later than Wednesday March 13th

The intern selected by the on-campus committee will be notified after spring break and expected to confirm their commitment to the internship by the end of March.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Matt Carotenuto or Kelly Weise in career services (who is also a former Brookings intern).