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We're Hiring: Announcing a New Brookings-Lawfare Congressional Fellowship

By Susan Hennessey
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 11:46 AM

We are very excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for a new position at Lawfare and Brookings. This two-year fellowship is dedicated to covering congressional activity on national security issues in the Lawfare space. Over the years, Lawfare has developed some of the most comprehensive and informed analysis of national security legal and policy issues within the executive branch and the courts. For a long time, we’ve felt that the legislative branch was getting short shrift. This position is designed to fix that. We are looking for someone with demonstrated expertise in the national security legal issues Lawfare covers, a strong understanding of how Congress works, and a desire to dig deep on analysis of legislation and legislative politics and policy. Basically, if you’re excited by the Intelligence Authorization Act and congressional oversight issues (who isn’t?) and think our jobs look like fun (they are), then come join our team!

The details of the application and job are available on the Brookings website and below:

The Governance Studies program at The Brookings Institution (“Brookings”) is accepting applications for a two year Fellow appointment in support of Lawfare, a high-impact, rapidly-growing, nonpartisan website examining issues at the intersection of national security and the law, published in cooperation with Brookings. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in in national security policy, a working knowledge of and strong interest in Congress and legislative politics, and experience reading and analyzing legislation.

About Us:

The Governance Studies program at Brookings aims to be the leading, independent voice in the domestic policymaking sphere though analyzing policy issues, political institutions and processes, and contemporary governance challenges. Lawfare, founded as a small blog in 2010, has grown to become one of the nation’s most trusted sources of information and analysis on issues of national security law, covering a broad range of issues from cybersecurity and terrorism investigations to war powers and government surveillance.


The Fellow will have the opportunity to join the Lawfare editorial team and contribute toLawfare’s unparalleled analysis of complex challenges in the US national security arena, specifically as it intersects with Congress and legislative politics. This includes: writing thoughtful summaries and analyses of passed and proposed legislation for publication on the site, translating complex, technical documents for wider audience consumption, participating in relevant events, and discussing topics on the Lawfare podcast. As a part of the editorial team, the Fellow will collaborate with multiple stakeholders to edit works for publication and generate ideas for site content in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. She/he will also have the opportunity to do independent research within the Governance Studies program at Brookings.


A minimum of Master’s degree is required. Demonstrated expertise in national security policy, and a basic knowledge of and strong interest in congressional and legislative politics. The successful candidate will have a rare combination of superlative writing and editing skills, familiarity with Congress and congressional procedure, and experience reading and analyzing legislation. Candidates should have 1-3 years post-graduate experience in legislative affairs, national security, and/ or legal procedure. He/she should also be able to work well as a part of a team, thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and react quickly to changes in the news cycle.

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • CV with a list of publications
  • Cover letter describing research interests
  • Writing sample

Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Starting date is negotiable; however, filling the position by November 1, 2018 is strongly preferred.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings. Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.