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Internships with Congressional Relations

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About the Wilson Center

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Wilson Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open and informed dialogue. The Center commemorates the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson by providing a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy. The Wilson Center fosters research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a broad spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship in national and world affairs.

About the Office of Congressional Relations

The Wilson Center’s office of Congressional Relations works to maintain a vibrant relationship with Members of Congress and their staffs.  Congressional Relations also operates the Foreign Policy Fellowship Program for Congressional Staff. 

About Wilson Center Internships

In general, internships in Congressional Relations occupy the space of an academic semester (i.e., for Fall, Spring, and Summer internships of approximately three to four months); however, appointments can be made throughout the year for periods of varying length. No internship will exceed one year in duration. Applicants should be willing to devote at least 15 hours per week, up to a maximum of 20 hours per week.

These internships are designed to provide the selected individuals with the opportunity to gain practical experience in an environment that combines academic study and public policy. 

Learn More About the Position

  • Congressional Relations Staff Assistant Internship

    The Office of Congressional Relations at the Wilson Center seeks an energetic and self-motivated student or recent graduate interested in Congress, public policy, and foreign affairs. Consistently ranked as one of the top think tanks in the world, the Wilson Center provides opportunities for hands on experience working on a wide range of issues that impact today’s public policy debates. Congressional Relations produces events, podcasts and briefings for congressional staff and Members of Congress, as well as producing informational documents that staffers on Capitol Hill utilize to create informed policies.

    This internship will provide opportunities for the selected candidate to assist the Office of Congressional Relations in various capacities. This will provide ample opportunities to increase knowledge of a wide-range of policy issues, learn from the world's leading experts on foreign affairs, learn valuable skills, and increase professional development-- all within a fun, inclusive, and idea-loving team! 

    Duties may include:
    • Help in the production of targeted lists, email, social media, and content for our resource pages 
    • Work with the Congressional Relations department to strategize outreach to Capitol Hill in order to maximize the visibility of Wilson Center programs and research
    • Assist staff in preparing for our Foreign Policy Fellowship Program sessions and events, including managing our alumni lists, RSVPs, and (if in-person) setup
    • Assist staff in preparing for other events such as our Masterclasses, private briefings, trips, and private meetings etc. 
    • Occasionally assist with research for various topics 
    • Administrative and other duties as assigned

    Eligibility Requirements
    Interns must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within one calendar year of internship start date), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program (within the next year). 

    International students who hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization are eligible. 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.

    Internship Terms
    Internships for the fall 2023 will run on a timeframe between September 11, 2023 and December 15, 2023 based upon agreement between the applicant and the Congressional Relations staff.

    To apply for the Congressional Relations Staff Assistant Intern Position: click here.

    If you are unable to apply via Handshake, please send your resume and cover letter to

    Please apply using Handshake. The Staff Assistant Intern Position requires a resume and cover letter explaining how you could contribute to our team and what you are looking to gain from the internship. 

    Should you have any questions, please reach out to us at:

    ***Please note that due to the volume of applications received each term we cannot reply to each one. We will contact only those we wish to interview for a position.