Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Research Assistants & Program Internships for Summer 2010

Click here for a list of Spring 2010 scholars.

In support of the scholars, research assistants spend much of their time searching for information, using online academic databases or other publications. They often perform other duties, as well, such as proofreading, editing, critiquing, checking references, summarizing research materials, locating inter-library loan materials, and helping with software or presentational tasks. There may be some administrative tasks involved like copying or filing, but such tasks will be limited. Consequently, a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work with a minimum of supervision are strong assets. Foreign language skills are sometimes useful.

While at the Center, all interns are encouraged to go beyond their particular internship responsibilities and to attend our many panel discussions, conferences, symposia, and other meetings. Interns are also welcome to join staff and scholars during some social events.


Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be a current, recent (within one calendar year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. Most interns are of at least senior undergraduate level, though strongly qualified juniors will be considered. Graduate students are eligible to apply.

Foreign students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. The Wilson Center does not sponsor visas. All foreign students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Visa Officer at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center.

Typical research assistants are students of political science; U.S. government/politics; international relations; history (including US history); foreign languages; international affairs; regional studies; economics; public policy; security studies; journalism and similar disciplines, though students of many other fields of study have sometimes been selected. New scholars are constantly arriving at the Wilson Center, and it can be difficult to predict what specific projects will be carried out in the future. For that reason, all interested students are encouraged to apply.


Please note the following deadlines:

For internships beginning in
Deadline for application
January November 2nd
May/June March 12th
September July 12th

All materials should be in or postmarked by 11:59 PM EDT on the prescribed deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Process

To apply, applicants will need to submit ONE COMPLETE application package to our Internship Coordinator by mail or email. Mailed applications are preferred. A hard copy will ensure that there are no technical difficulties when opening electronic files. The application materials include:

  • a completed WWICS Internship Application Form
  • Cover Letter (indicating academic interests or areas of interest)
  • Current Resume (indicating relevant coursework); if you are mailing your application, please send 2 copies of your resume
  • 3-5 page Writing Sample or excerpt of a recent research paper with separate Works Cited page
  • 2 letters of recommendation (do not have to be sealed by recommender); highlighting the applicant’s writing, research, and/or language skills would be useful
  • Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

If you are submitting your application by email, attached files should be in Word 2003 compatible or PDF formats. A comprehensive PDF file is encouraged while multiple emails with separate attachments are unacceptable. Please direct your complete application materials to our Internship Coordinator in ONE EMAIL with your name in the subject line: internships@wilsoncenter.org. (This email address is only for research assistant internship applications and NOT for staff internship applications).

If your university prefers to send official recommendations or transcripts separately, then the school may mail them to:
Ms. Krishna Aniel
Internship Coordinator and Recruitment Specialist
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC. 20004-3027

Current Openings. There are slightly different applications and deadlines and one must apply directly to a program or office. (Please do NOT send your staff internship applications to internships@wilsoncenter.org. This email address is for research assistant internship applications).

For more information, visit: www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=internships.welcome#program