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Internships with Congressional Relations

The Office of Congressional Relations is looking to fulfill one *virtual* internship positions for the summer semester: (1) Graphic Design Intern

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OpenJune 5, 2021 — August 13, 2021
DeadlineMay 29, 2020


Center Description

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.

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. 


The Office of Congressional Relations at the Wilson Center seeks an energetic and self-motivated student or recent graduate interested in graphic design, and digital marketing for an internship. 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. The Office of Congressional Relations works to maintain a vibrant relationship with Members of Congress and their staffs. Congressional Relations produces events, podcasts and briefings for congressional staff and Members of Congress, as well as producing informational documents that convey information graphically and textually.

This internship will provide opportunities for the selected candidate to produce materials that will consistently be seen by Members of Congress and their staffs . This will provide ample opportunities to increase credits and portfolios - ranging from podcasting graphics, social media graphics, one-pager documents, advertisements and other projects -- all within a fun, inclusive, and idea-loving team! Applicants who are selected for an interview will be asked to submit a portfolio.

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 25 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.

Duties may include:

  •  Work in the development of graphic event flyers and invitations
  • Help in the production of email and social media marketing
  • Synthesize event context and congressional testimony into eye catching informational one and two pagers
  • Assist in developing a digital marketing strategy for the Wilson Center’s Congressional Relations.
  • Assist staff in preparing public briefings and Foreign Policy Fellowship Program sessions and events, including managing mailing lists, RSVPs, and setup 
  • 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 with the research and production of Need to Know podcast
  • Administrative and other duties as assigned

About Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Wilson Center seeks to be the leading institution for in-depth research and dialogue to inform actionable ideas on global issues.

The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress in 1968 as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community. Research: Who We Are The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the official memorial to our nation’s 28th president. More than just a collection of marble pillars and famous quotes, the Center is “a living memorial,” a gathering place for some of the best and brightest scholars and experts from around the world. Their work is the centerpiece of our activity and informs the nation’s public policy debates with nonpartisan and relevant research and information. Reason: What We Do At the Wilson Center, preeminent scholars and experts research topics of national and international relevance. In the spirit of President Wilson, we build a bridge between the worlds of academia and public policy, to inform and develop solutions to the nation’s problems and challenges. Democracy is built on the notion of an informed and active citizenry. The Wilson Center provides the fuel that makes this possible…knowledge in the public interest. Relevance: How we Do It Through public meetings and events, broadcast media and social media, publications in print and online, and a wide range of outreach activities, the Wilson Center is engaged in the global dialogue of ideas. More importantly, the Center provides you with the tools and opportunities to join the national conversation.

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). Non-degree seeking students are ineligible.

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 will run between 8 to 12 weeks based upon agreement between the applicant and the Congressional Relations staff.

Application Procedure

To apply, send your resume, a letter describing how you could contribute to our team and what you are looking to gain from the internship, & a graphic portfolio of your previous work. Clearly state what dates and times you are available to work.

All materials should be submitted together by the internship deadline via e-mail to:

***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.