Internship Opportunities

The Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity is seeking qualified applicants for its internship program in Washington, D.C. Interns will assist the Leadership Project staff in its Washington area activities, including public forums, research activities and support for our on the ground programming in Africa.

Internship Description
Interns will be assigned to work directly with the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity Staff in support of project activities for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Duties will include:

  • searching for source material at area institutions and online sources;
  • analyzing, summarizing and filing research materials;
  • proofreading and editing written work;
  • attending and reporting on conflict-related events in and around Washington
  • helping Leadership Project staff manage and update the database;
  • assisting Leadership Project staff in preparing public events, including managing mailing lists, RSVPs, and physical room setup;
  • occasionally helping with office reception duties, including telephone, greeting visitors, and mail sorting and distribution.
  • preparing Leadership Project materials and publications

All interns at the Wilson Center are also encouraged to participate in our many panel discussions, conferences, and other meetings outside of their Leadership Project responsibilities. A variety of events are regularly available in regional studies and functional issues like conflict resolution, women in conflict, environmental issues, international security issues, Congress, foresight and governance. All interns also receive access to the Wilson Center’s substantial research resources.

Eligibility Requirements
Interns should have an interest in conflict prevention and conflict resolution, preferably with an interest in Africa and African-related issues, as well as with some academic or experiential background related to this topic. He/she should have basic computer skills on a variety of software platforms. French language oral and written fluency is desirable. Good research skills and an enthusiastic, responsible approach to unsupervised work are strong assets. Recent BA graduates and MA candidates encouraged to apply; however, applicants who are in their senior undergraduate year may also be considered.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. An individual selected for this position will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability prior to being appointed.

The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

Internship Dates:
Internship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year, and will last a minimum of 4 months. The internship is unpaid. The Woodrow Wilson Center is located in downtown Washington, D.C., in the Ronald Reagan Building/International Trade Center (Federal Triangle Metro stop).

Application Procedure
Applicants should send a resume, writing sample of 3-5 pages, and cover letter to:

Alyson Lyons
Program Assistant
Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

By e-mail: leadership@wilsoncenter.org
Or by fax: (202) 691-4001

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Experts & Staff

  • Steve McDonald // Senior Advisor, Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity
  • Aly Lyons // Program Associate