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Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
39 Reviews
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    Comm Intern

    Former Employee - Communication Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Communication Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Brookings Institution as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    incredible place to work as a intern. great internship program that offers you access to brilliant speakers and panels. It is what you make of it.

    Cons

    typical intern work. lots of twiddling of fingers but again it is what you make of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work with interns more, do not just give them random tasks that ultimately do not mean anything to them.

    Recommends
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    Amazing opportunity; poor management and support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Has great speakers and events, excellent research, and a great reputation. If you're in research, you're well taken care of, but if you're in a support staff role, expect less.

    Cons

    Very poor working environment. There is a staff network and women's network, but both usually only hold events during the work day when most support staff can't attend. There is a culture of bullying that the administration does nothing to address.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new middle to senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Work with brilliant people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookings Institution

    Pros

    5 weeks of paid vacation!

    Cons

    Low salaries; No pathway for junior staff member to rise through the ranks

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Intern

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    Current Employee - Research Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Brookings Institution as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Unbelievable networking opportunities. You really are among the best. Research projects are varied and if you're here, you'll probably find them very interesting.

    Cons

    Unpaid isn't the best deal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great experience as an intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookings Institution part-time

    Pros

    Contacts, access to high-profile meetings, interesting conversations with senior staff. Brown bag lunches on the foreign policy side for informative discussion on current events.

    Cons

    Unpaid, often administrative-focused work. There tends to be a foreign policy vs. domestic policy divide at the organization, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the leap and pay interns! Will put your organization even more ahead of the competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Gained little from internship

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    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Brookings Institution as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Frequent lectures/panels with leading figures; interesting projects that get extensive news coverage once published

    Cons

    Little-to-no skills training--formal or informal--for interns; employees seemed to actively avoid connecting with interns (justifiable, considering that the organization churns through some 140 interns annually); interns often stuck performing low-level work

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Brookings Institution as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good research projects
    Great people to work with
    A lot of brown bag/info sessions designed for interns

    Cons

    Career path might be limited without advanced degrees; also heard about relatively low pay for entry level research assistants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great brand recognition, experiences vary a lot depending on who you work with

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    intellectual stimulation, collegiality, 5 weeks vacation, employer contribution to 403(b) plan=12% of salary, access to events and publications, brand recognition/reputation as objective and independent which opens up networks

    Cons

    relatively low compensation, need to fundraise, some competition/turf battles among scholars, lack of transparency over salaries/career ladders

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great first job!

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to work on great projects and informed, interesting colleagues. Lots of work flexibility and supportive management.

    Cons

    (Like others have said) there's a ceiling on how far junior staff can progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paid maternity leave!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Junior Staff

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    Former Employee - Web Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Web Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -World class policy experts
    -Center of many policy discussions
    -Dynamic event speakers and guests
    -Helps shape policy

    Cons

    -Very little vertical movement for junior staff
    -Junior staff are over utilized and often get no credit for their work
    -Pay is pretty low even for a non-profit
    -Events can sometimes be repetitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow junior staff to publish projects they write on. Provide an environment where junior staff can move up in the organization, or work with outside firms to help them move up the career ladder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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