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Internships with the Canada Institute

Open/Close Dates: 
Feb 26, 2013 to Dec 31, 2016

The Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks qualified, part-time interns each semester with an interest in, coursework related to, or experience working on Canadian policy topics and Canada-U.S. issues. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Internship Description
Internships with the Canada Institute are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy. Interns will gain valuable experience in a variety of projects such as conference organization, library and Internet research, assistance with the preparation of publications, and administrative assignments in support of program and Center activities. 

Interns assist with all aspects of the Canada Institute’s day-to-day operations and programming. Sample duties include but are not limited to:

  • Editing and proofreading written materials
  • Providing help with research for publications
  • Researching potential speakers and participants for Canada Institute events
  • Assisting Canada Institute staff with preparation for public events, including managing mailing lists, rsvps, and room setup
  • Maintaining the program’s contact database
  • Updating and editing the program’s website
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

This is an unpaid internship, for between 15 and 20 hours per week.

Eligibility Requirements
Successful applicants should have strong research and/or administrative skills, be detail-oriented, be able to work independently and as part of a team; and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. Strong writing skills and language ability in English are essential. French language skills are preferred, but not required.

Application Instructions
To apply, send your resume, a cover letter describing how you can contribute to our team and what you are looking to gain from the internship, and a 3-5 page writing sample. Clearly state what dates and times you are available to work. 

All materials should be submitted to canada@wilsoncenter.org by the dates listed below. For more information about the Canada Institute and the Wilson Center, visit our website.

Application materials are due:

Fall Internship: July 15
Spring Internship: November 15
Summer Internship: April 1


An individual selected for an internship will be expected to present proper evidence establishing his or her eligibility to work in the United States prior to being appointed. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Please note that we cannot sponsor a visa for you to work in the United States.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization. All international 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. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

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