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The Brookings Institution is a non-partisan public policy organization that researches and analyzes emerging issues in areas such as economics, foreign policy, and governance. Its more than 200 resident and nonresident scholars perform research; write books, papers, and ... Read more

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    Amazing people, get to do cool work

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    really the only con is that it's unpaid

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Brookings Institution (Washington, DC).

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    Brookings may be the most prominent think tank in the United States, but the way they treat potential employees is disheartening. Here are my two separate experiences interviewing with them.

    I first applied for a junior-level staff position. The hiring manager scheduled a phone interview with me, and failed to call me when the time came. After I followed up via voicemail and email, we rescheduled the call to a new time, and I was asked to call her instead. When she picked up, she immediately said, "I can't talk now, let me put you on hold". She didn't give me any time to ask any questions at the end.

    I was then asked to come in for an in-person interview. It went fine, and I felt there was a good rapport. A few days later, I was asked to do a written assessment with very short notice; they sent it to me on an afternoon, and requested that I turn it in by 10am the next day. I did that. A few weeks later, they asked me to fill out a new job application. I did that. A few weeks later, I got an automated email from HR saying the position was cancelled. The hiring manager emailed me a few hours later to say that there wasn't enough money after all for the job, but that she thought I was a strong candidate and urged me to reapply for new positions in the future.

    At this point I still had very positive feelings about Brookings. So when I entered grad school and saw that they were looking for graduate interns, I applied right away. The website said that interns would be paid $10.50, which I thought was wonderful. They called me for a phone interview, and at the very end, the hiring manager told me that the internship would actually be unpaid. "The website has incorrect information," he said, but assured me that the rich experience of working at a place like Brookings was enough of a perk to make up for zero pay. I was startled. Not by the fact that Brookings doesn't pay most of its interns (this is very common in DC), but by the fact that this seemed to be intentionally misleading and dishonest -- why couldn't they have corrected the information on their website, or at least told me about this up front?

    Do I still respect Brookings and the quality of its academic research? Yes, absolutely. Would I apply for a job there ever again? Honestly, no, I doubt it. I think people who work at Brookings have been so comfortably nested in their "we're the best think tank out there and everyone would kill to work for us" bubble that they no longer recognize the importance of treating external job candidates with the respect that they deserve.

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