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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-U.S. bilateral relationship. 

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Staff Internship Description

The Canada Institute is looking for an intern to aid in the Canada Institute's programming, including the implementation of the Institute's communications and social media strategy, research for senior staff, event organization, among others. The 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. Interns will gain valuable experience in a variety of projects such as managing the Canada Institute's social media accounts, creating infographics, providing research support for op-eds and other publications, and conference/event organization. 

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 or graphic design 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
Application Deadline:
  • Spring 2021: December 4, 2020
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. Experience with graphic design (Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop) and knowledge of Canada will be considered assets. 

Please note that this is a virtual, unpaid internship opportunity.

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 a 3-5 page writing sample. Clearly state your availability and desired schedule in your application. All materials should be submitted together to by the dates listed below. In the subject line, please use the following format: Last Name, Canada Institute Staff Internship Application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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.