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.
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: Extended to August 16
- Spring Internship: November 15
- Summer Internship: March 15
We have an active portfolio of emerging technology issues, and are seeking for the summer of 2021 two research interns and one communication and design intern this summer in the respective areas listed below. We are specifically seeking interns who are interested in:
- Space, specifically as aligned with other topical areas, such as security, infrastructure, and/or international development, who would report directly to the Director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program.
- Serious games or game-based learning, specifically as aligned to the development of games for science and policy education, who would report directly to the Director of the Serious Games Initiative.
The primary responsibilities would be:
- Writing or editing articles for peer-reviewed or popular media, such as blog posts, on topics related to space and serious games
- Researching from Internet, library, and interview-based sources to support ongoing projects
- Events management, including planning and logistical support for conferences and panels
- Fundraising through the preparation of grants for research proposals
- For those interested in serious games, there will also be opportunities for game development and prototyping
Successful applicants should:
- Possess strong research, writing and editing skills such as in academic or non-profit work
- Be detail-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks
- Have a documented interest in the topic areas related to these opportunities (e.g. space and serious games).
- 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
Communication & Design Internship
Responsibilities might include:
- Drafting social media posts and researching optimization of those platforms
- Drafting posts for the website requiring research, writing, and publishing via the content management system
- Curating email communications to diverse audiences and key stakeholders
- Researching and writing stories for the CTRL Forward Blog
- Making edits to existing content on websites and blogs
- Assisting the preparation of publications and/or outreach materials
- Updating contact databases
- Performing administrative assignments in support of Communications office activities
Successful applicants should:
- Be detail-oriented and well-organized
- Possess strong research, writing, and project-management skills
- Demonstrate skills in social media and graphic design beyond personal use
- Be able to work both independently and as part of a team
- 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.
These internships are educational and unpaid.
Application Process and Materials
For all internships, please submit all application materials to Elizabeth Newbury at Elizabeth.Newbury@wilsoncenter.org. Please specify in the subject line the intended time period for your internship with [SEMESTER] [YEAR] Internship e.g. “SUMMER 2020 Space Internship”. If there is a specific topic area or project, please note that in the subject line of the email, e.g. 'SPRING 2021 Internship for Serious Games' 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 and the associated areas
- 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.