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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. Interns will gain valuable experience in various projects including publication research and preparation, academic research, and explore how research, science and public policy intertwine in Washington.

Internships are part-time; students in this role typically provide 20-35 hours per week with flexibility provided for academic schedules. Internship opportunities may be paid, depending on the project and availability.

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.

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.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Internship: August 1
  • Spring Internship: October 31
  • Summer Internship: March 15

Due to the nature of these topic areas, it is highly recommend that before applying, applicants take a look at our website and determine if their interests align with our portfolio of work.


    Internship Opportunities

      • Artificial Intelligence, specifically Facial Recognition Technology (FrT), security concerns, policy impact and the Wilson Center Technology Labs.
      • Cybersecurity, specifically working with the Director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program on projects such as ransomware, global cooperation, and more.
      • Open science, specifically to support the existing and future work of initiatives focusing on low-cost and open hardware and citizen science. See our THING Tank page for examples of recent work and listing below.
      • 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.
      • Public Communication of Science and communication support. See Communication & Design Internship below.

      The primary responsibilities would be:

      • Writing or editing articles for peer-reviewed or popular media, such as blog posts
      • 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 science and technology
      • 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

      Internship opportunities may be paid, depending on the project and availability.

    • 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.

      Internship opportunities may be paid, depending on the project and availability.

    • Responsibilities might include:

      • Scoping and leading a collaborative project in an area such as citizen science or open hardware. Most projects will likely align with our Global Earth Challenge or THING Tank Initiatives. Past projects have ranged from a how-to manual on hackathons, to a co-authored whitepaper, to a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) dashboard.
      • Conducting short, time-sensitive research tasks, such as compiling “one pagers” to provide STIP staff with just-in-time information on a particular topic.
      • Assisting with publications, including whitepapers, peer-reviewed publications, and blog posts or short website articles.
      • Working with STIP’s communication team on open science outreach, including some support drafting social media content.
      • Attending a range of meetings with internal and external partners, and searching for strategic relationships to develop with outside organizations or experts.
      • Supporting any fundraising work, primarily through drafting content and compiling references for concept notes or grant proposals. 
      • For some projects, hands-on experience testing interactive technology (e.g., a citizen science app).

      Successful applicants should:

      • Have a demonstrated interest in any aspect of open science (please discuss this in your cover letter).
      • Possess strong research and writing skills. Please provide two writing samples with your application. One sample should be academic writing for an expert level audience. The other sample should show your ability to communicate ideas for a less technical audience.
      • Possess project management experience
      • Be comfortable in a fast-paced environment.
      • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
      • Be proficient in basic Microsoft Office technologies and the Google Suite of applications like Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.
      • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program, recently graduated (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program within the next year.

      This internship may be paid. Please indicate "Open Science" internship in your subject line when applying.

    • For all internships, please submit all application materials to Elizabeth Newbury at 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.

      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.  Please label your file with your name.

      • Cover letter explaining your interest in STIP and the associated areas
      • CV/Resume
      • A brief strong writing sample 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.