Brookings Institution

Fellowship Description

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

The two Fox Fellows at the Brookings Institution support the work of E.J. Dionne, Jr. and William A. Galston, both Senior Fellows in the Governance Studies program. Fox Fellows should expect to work on research tasks on a variety of subject areas including, but not limited to, the vulnerabilities of liberal democracy; the political challenges posed by large online platforms; the growing urban-rural divide; and voting rights.

Fellows should have a demonstrated interest in American politics and policy; Congress and congressional reform; inclusive economic growth; and electoral politics. Fellows should have strong writing, analytic, and internet-based research skills. Experience with fact-checking and familiarity working with polling data is desirable but not required. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events.

This is a full time summer fellowship that typically runs between the beginning of June through early August. Fellows are usually expected to work at the Brookings offices located in Washington DC and are usually expected to secure summer housing arrangements on their own in the Washington DC area. However, the summer 2021 fellowships will be held virtually.


Fox Leadership has been placing fellows with the Brookings Institution for over a decade. Learn about this unique fellowship through the eyes of the students who have had this exclusive experience.

How To Apply

Interested Penn undergraduate students should send an email to with a resume and a cover letter specifying your interest in this fellowship. In the cover letter, please describe how this Fellowship will help you explore a particular career path and/or develop a specific skill.

Applications for the Brookings Institution fellowships are due March 1. 

Applicants should not contact the organizations directly. Please email with any questions regarding the fellowships.