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Internships with Congressional Relations

OpenJanuary 1, 2020 — March 18, 2020
DeadlineMarch 18, 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. 

Internship Description

  • Interns will be assigned to work directly with the Congressional Relations staff for 20 to 30 hours per week
  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • Assisting staff in preparing public briefings and Foreign Policy Fellowship Program and Cybersecurity Lab sessions and events, including managing mailing lists, RSVPs, and physical setup;
  • Proofreading and editing written work;
  • Administrative and other duties as assigned

All interns at the Wilson Center are also encouraged to participate in the many Wilson Center panel discussions, conferences and other meetings outside of their internship responsibilities. A variety of events are regularly available in regional studies and functional issues like public policy and history, environmental issues, international security issues, Congress, foresight and governance. All interns also receive access to the Wilson Center's substantial research resources.  Congressional Relations interns may also have opportunities to participate in direct meetings with Congressional Staff and briefings on Capitol Hill.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants are expected to be well versed in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Outlook, Word and Excel.  Those with excellent writing, editing, and research skills are strongly encouraged to apply. 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, and a 5-7 page writing sample (which can be an excerpt of a longer paper). 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.