Overview

The Science and Technology Innovation Program welcomes applicants for academic calendar internships. STIP focuses on understanding bottom-up, public innovation; top-down, policy innovation; and, on supporting responsible and equitable practices at the point where new technology and existing political, social, and cultural processes converge. We recommend exploring our blog and website first to determine if your research interests align with current STIP programming.

We offer two types of internships: research (open to law and graduate students only) and a social media and blogging internship (open to undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students). Non-degree seeking students are ineligible. All internships must be served in Washington, D.C. and cannot be done remotely.

Research Internships

For graduate students, law students, or those accepted to a graduate-level program, we offer a research internship. This is normally project-based (see below for special solicitations), with current projects falling into roughly categories:

 

Some flexibility may be available, as STIP also overlaps with other Wilson Center Programs. We encourage anyone with cross-disciplinary interests to apply, specifying the names of two programs they wish to work with.

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/Social Media Internship

Open to undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students, our social media and blogging internship is open 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.

Assignments may include:

  • Drafting posts for our new blog, CTRL Forward
  • Assisting with events and conferences
  • Researching issues around biotechnology, nanotechnology, genomics, citizen science, and serious/educational video games
  • Assisting the preparation of publications and/or outreach materials
  • Performing administrative assignments in support of STIP activities

 


 Special Project Intern: Citizen Health Innovators Project

We are seeking a research intern with a specialty in topics including precision medicine, biomedical research and innovation, and/or science policy, ethics and regulation on biomedical research to work with our Citizen Science and Health Project. Applicants with backgrounds in technology development or science and technology studies (STS) will also be considered. Experience conducting cross and trans-disciplinary research is an asset.

The project associated with this internship will relate to analyzing key challenges and promises arising in the domain of citizen and patient-driven biomedical research and innovation, including interesting trends in precision medicine. The intern may:

  • Help curate the Citizen Health Innovators Map and community, data-mining and reaching out to innovators and experts.

  • Co-author analyses on challenges and promises in citizen and patient-driven biomedical research and innovation

  • Conduct research and/or capacity building to support the mission of the Citizen Health Innovators Project, for example by advancing work in mapping citizen and patient-driven innovation and matching these trends with tech skills and regulatory expertise
  • There will be opportunities to write and gain expertise – this is part of the internship goals.

Support operations may include:                  

  • Conducting independent research on science and technology innovation issues relevant to STIP initiatives, as requested by supervisor.
  • Co-authoring a journal article or Wilson Center policy brief on topics pertaining to innovations in genomics and health.
  • Developing grant proposals.
  • Writing articles and blog posts for the STIP website, in conjunction with specific projects as described above.

Desired skills include:

  • Familiarity with precision medicine, biomedical research and innovation, and/or science policy, ethics and regulation on biomedical research
  • Familiarity with national regulation and guidelines on precision medicine in USA
  • Ability to write for multiple audiences (academic publications, white papers, social media, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently with minimal day-to-day guidance.
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  • This internship is unpaid.


Special Projects in Science and Tech Innovation

 

Research Assistant, Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking (Undergraduate or Graduate). Human-centered design and design thinking are best practices in industry that are increasingly embraced by federal agencies. This person will conduct research on these design paradigms in industry, academia, and the federal government, advising on key projects and creating content for publication venues like the STIP blog. This project also involves general support tasks such as assisting with events and publications.

Research Assistant, Open Science (Graduate). Open science, including citizen science and open data, are long-standing areas of interest for STIP. The person in this position will conduct a research project that is collaboratively designed with their supervisor and advances the Wilson Center's open science work. This project also involves general support tasks such as assisting with events and publications and compiling research briefings.

Research Assistant, Emerging Technologies and Governance (Graduate). From the perspective of the public, it can be unclear how and by who important decisions around new technologies are made. The person in this position will look at case studies in and beyond the United States government to explore effective governance models for bringing members of the public into deliberations around new and emerging technologies. This project could culminate in a policy brief published by the Wilson Center. This project also involves general support tasks such as assisting with events and publications and compiling research briefings.

Research Assistant, International Implications of Science Policy (Graduate). STIP seeks to foster bilateral cooperation in science and technology between US and EU researchers, policymakers, and funders, and is looking for a research assistant to analyze these systems. The person in this position will develop the form and content for a strategic briefing, to be published quarterly, on explaining key developments in US science and technology policy to international audiences. This project also involves general support tasks such as assisting with events and publications and compiling research briefings.


Application Process and Materials

Unless otherwise stated, internships are unpaid.

International students 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 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.

The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

Applying:

For all internships there is a singular process to applying: to apply please email Elizabeth.Newbury@wilsoncenter.org with the following information. Please specify in the subject line the intended time period for your internship with [SEMESTER] [YEAR] Internship e.g. “SPRING 2018 Internship”. If there is a specific topic area or project, please note that in the subject line of the email, e.g. 'SPRING 2018 Internship for Digital Futures Project.'

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.

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in STIP
  • CV/Resume
  • 1-2 page writing sample  ideally demonstrating your work in science and technology research.