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Canada Institute Internships

The Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks qualified, interns each semester with an interest in, coursework related to, or experience working on Canadian policy topics in an effort to promote the development of emerging leaders committed to the Canada-US bilateral relationship. 

Applications for the 2024 Summer cycle are now open. See details below.

Are you ready to join us at the forefront of US-Canadian relations? The Canada Institute is looking for interns to assist with research and the support of programmatic initiatives. This internship is designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy.


Canada Institute Internships

  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Researching and drafting memos on issues and developments that affect the US-Canadian relationship;
    • Producing independent research projects in the form of infographics, blog posts, and thinkpieces;
    • Attending and reporting on events hosted by the Canada Institute and its partner organizations;
    • Work with internal and external partners on ongoing initiatives, including events and podcasts;
    • Supporting the ongoing work of Canada Institute staff, fellows, and scholars.

    Ideal candidates will possess:

    • A demonstrated interest in the spectrum of issues that constitute the US-Canadian relationship;
    • Ability to work independently and with limited oversight in a virtual work environment;
    • Ability to collaboratively conduct research and produce content in small teams;
    • Quantitative research skills and experience with large datasets;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
    • Strong language ability in English.

    Application Deadline:04/05/2024

    This is a paid internship opportunity that requires a time commitment of 20-35 hours/week. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program throughout the course of the internship.

    Application Requirements: 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 your most recent academic transcript. Clearly state your availability and desired schedule in your application. All materials should be submitted together to (please also copy before the application deadline. In the subject line, please use the following format: Last Name, Canada Institute Staff Internship Application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

    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. If selected as an intern, 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.