The Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) focuses on bringing foresight to the frontier, exploring emerging technologies through vital conversations that are not just for scientists. Internships with STIP are designed to provide the opportunity for practical experience in science and technology in an environment that successfully combines scholarship with public policy. Interns will gain valuable experience in various projects including publication research and preparation, academic research, and administrative assignments in support of both STIP and Wilson Center activities. We recommend exploring our website first to determine if your research interests align with current STIP programming.
We offer two types of internships: graduate-level research and undergraduate-level research internships. Unless otherwise stated, internships are unpaid and require a minimum 20 hour per week commitment.
The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of interns.
- Fall Internship: Extended to August 16
- Spring Internship: November 15
- Summer Internship: March 15
Paid Graduate Research Internship: AI & Facial Recognition
New policy is on the horizon for facial recognition technologies (FRT). Many current proposals, including The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020 and The Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence Act, either target the use of FRT in areas such as criminal justice or propose general moratoria until guidelines can be put in place. But these approaches are limited by their focus on negative impacts. Effective planning requires a proactive approach that considers broader opportunities as well as limitations and includes consumers, along with federal, state and local government uses.
More research is required to get us there. The Wilson Center seeks to better understand a wide range of opportunities and limitations, with a focus on one critically underrepresented group: consumers. The Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) is seeking an intern for Spring 2021 to support a new research project on understanding FRT from the consumer perspective.
A successful candidate will:
- Have a demonstrated track record of work on policy and ethical issues related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) generally, Facial Recognition specifically, or other emerging technologies.
- Be able to work remotely.
- Be enrolled in a degree program, recently graduated (within the last year) and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program within the next year.
Interested applicants should submit:
- Cover letter explaining your general interest in STIP and specific interest in this topic, including dates and availability.
- CV / Resume
- Two brief writing samples (formal and/or informal), ideally demonstrating your work in science and technology research.
Applications are due Friday, December 18th. Please email all application materials as a single PDF to Erin Rohn, email@example.com. Questions on this role can be directed to Anne Bowser, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Research Internships
For graduate students, law students, or those accepted to a graduate-level program, we offer a project-based research internship. Successful applicants should have strong research and administrative skills; be detail-oriented, able to work independently, and able to work collaboratively. It is recommended that before applying to this internship the applicants review current projects being promoted on the STIP website for goodness of fit with the applicant's own research trajectory.
Assignments may include:
- Conducting independent research on science and technology innovation issues relevant to STIP initiatives
- Co-authoring a journal article or Wilson Center policy brief
- Developing grant proposals
- Developing prototypes
- Writing articles and blog posts for the STIP website, in conjunction with specific projects as described above.
Undergraduate Research Internship
Open to undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students, unpaid, educational internship opportunities are available year-round. We do not limit by specific majors, but instead look for students who are interested in engaging with issues around STEM from a multitude of perspectives, including the applications to science, policy, and the public. A successful applicant will have a demonstrated interested in science and technology issues areas and project management skills.
Assignments may include:
- Drafting posts for our blog, CTRL Forward
- Supporting staff with social media outreach
- Assisting staff with preparation for events
- Providing ancillary research for publications
- Performing administrative assignments in support of STIP activities
- Other duties as assigned
Application Process and Materials
For all internships, please submit all application materials to Erin Rohn at Erin.Rohn@wilsoncenter.org. Please specify in the subject line the intended time period for your internship with [SEMESTER] [YEAR] Internship e.g. “SUMMER 2020 Internship”. If there is a specific topic area or project, please note that in the subject line of the email, e.g. 'FALL 2020 Internship for Digital Futures Project' or otherwise clearly state the focus points in the cover letter.
Due to the sheer volume of applications we receive, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. To ensure your consideration, please submit only a completed application.
A completed application will have the following materials, compiled into a single PDF.
- Cover letter explaining your interest in STIP, including dates and availability and confirmation that you can serve in DC
- A brief writing sample ideally demonstrating your work in science and technology research.
International students studying in the U.S. 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 officer for visas at their university stating they have valid immigration status and are eligible to intern at the Wilson Center. The Wilson Center is not able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa, then you must go through a university exchange program or an outside organization that will sponsor your visa. You must have the appropriate visa to apply for this internship.