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Internships with the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity

Open/Close Dates: 
May 15, 2013 to Aug 31, 2013

The Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity are jointly seeking qualified applicants for two available communications internship positions in Washington, D.C. Interns will assist program staff in its outreach and communications strategies, social media development and web management.

Internship Description
Interns will be assigned to work with the Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity Staff in support of project activities for a maximum of 30 hours per week. Duties will include:

  • Managing new blog, Africa Up Close, including uploading new posts, adding hyperlinks, liaising with contributors and internal web team, maintaining a post schedule, and troubleshooting issues when necessary;
  • staying on top of trending topics related to Africa and authoring short posts on blog;
  • taking lead on social media promotion and announcements for events, publications, or otherwise, including the program websites, Facebook and Twitter;
  • proofreading and editing written work;
  • assisting in managing and updating program database;
  • occasionally helping with office reception duties, including telephone, greeting visitors, and mail sorting and distribution; and
  • 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 Africa and African-related issues, preferably with a secondary interest in peacebuilding and statebuilding. Interns should also have some academic or experiential background related to this topic. He/she should have computer skills on a variety of software platforms, including Adobe Suite, Microsoft Suite, and HTML. French language oral and written fluency is desirable. Good research skills and an enthusiastic, responsible approach to unsupervised work are strong assets. MA candidates encouraged to apply; however, applicants who have just completed a BA or 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 and cover letter to leadership@wilsoncenter.org, with attention to Alyson Lyons, Program Associate, Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity.

Or by fax: (202) 691-4001

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One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
Email: internships@wilsoncenter.org

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