What Does STIP Do?
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 public policy, science and technology, and scholarship.
What Do STIP Interns Do?
STIP internships fall into two categories: research and communication. Both positions gain valuable experience in working directly on leading policy concerns. For communication, it is about translating the complexity of science and technology and relating that to leading policy discourse, keeping abreast with the latest trends in research, and directly engaging public policy and academic audiences. For research internships, this can be through contributing to or conducting independent research, direct engagement with policy leaders, and collaboration with international governmental bodies. This is not a plug and play internship; you are working one-on-one with leading experts in the field both within and outside the Wilson Center.
As part of the research internship, we also have unique hands-on experiences for interns interested in applying science and technology practices to public policy, such as through our Serious Games Initiative and THING Tank. Here, those interested in developing or researching the technologies can establish what it is like to do this in an educational or public communication of science context or working directly with communities of practice.
Past STIP Intern Work
Distributed Production, A Step Towards the Circular Economy
Distributed manufacturing techniques are changing how and by whom consumer goods are produced. Can these innovative methods of production transform our “take-make-waste” economy?
Games Round Up: Quantum Computing
Unpacking Transparency to Support Ethical AI
Stitching Together a Solution: Lessons from the Open Source Hardware Response to COVID-19
Building Blocks for Better Science: Case Studies in Low-Cost and Open Tools for Science
Games Round Up: Artificial Intelligence
Games Round Up: LGBTQ+ Education
Open Tools Create New Pathways to the Circular Economy
THING Tank: Introducing Converging Communities
Stop Playing Whack-a-Troll: Building Resilience to Disinformation
Perfecting the “Perfect Weapon”: Stepping Up the U.S. Cybersecurity Game
An event summary for the October 13, 2020 event, "The Perfect Weapon: David Sanger Discusses Upcoming HBO Documentary."
Who Is a STIP Intern?
Past interns have come from a wide variety of majors, from chemistry to communication, public policy to game design, economics to environmental studies, science and technology studies to history. A qualified candidate will, no matter their discipline, demonstrate a strong interest in an interdisciplinary approach to science, technology, and policy.
Interning at the Wilson Center
- Internships are part-time; typically 20-35 hours per week with flexibility provided for academic schedules.
- Internships are paid.
- The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of interns.
- Due to the global pandemic, our internship positions are currently virtual.
- Fall Internship: August 1
- Spring Internship: October 31
- Summer Internship: March 15
When applying, please specify which internship role you are applying for (research or communication).
The primary focus of the research internship is executing and supporting research around leading science and technology concerns, as they correlate to international public policy issues. A strong candidate further identifies topic areas that align with STIP's current portfolio.
Some tasks include:
- Writing or researching leading science and technology policy topics, from AI to cybersecurity to space, in support of program-related activities
- Assisting the preparation of publications and/or outreach materials
- Supporting convenings with leading experts in the field
- For those interested in serious games, there will also be opportunities for game development and prototyping
- Performing administrative assignments in support of STIP activities
Communication & Design Internship
This is an internship opportunity for anyone looking to professionalize their interest in communicating complex science and technology issues to leading stakeholders, through both social and traditional mediums. A strong candidate might be able to point to past experience in media usage.
Responsibilities might include:
- Drafting posts to promote events, publications, and content featured on CTRL Forward on STIP’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram)
- Assisting with external program communications, including drafting, formatting, and proofing program newsletters and event invitations for STIP’s mailing lists
- Producing original media content and actively seeking new ways to advance STIP’s online presence
- Press engagement on behalf of STIP
Application Process and Materials
For all internships, please submit all application materials to Ms. Sophie Goguichvili at email@example.com. Please specify in the subject line the intended time period for your internship with [SEMESTER] [YEAR] and the type of internship you are applying for e.g. “FALL 2021 Communication & Design Internship/Research Internship”. If there is a specific topic area or project, please note that in the subject line of the email, e.g. 'SPRING 2021 Research Internship for Serious Games' or otherwise clearly state the focus points in the cover letter.
A completed application will have the following materials, compiled into a single PDF. Please label your file with your name.
- Cover letter explaining your interest in STIP and the associated areas
- A brief strong writing sample demonstrating your work in science and technology research.
Note for International Students
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.
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