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Internships with Congressional Relations

The Office of Congressional Relations is looking to fulfill two *virtual* internship positions for the summer semester: (1) Graphic Design Intern (2) Congressional Relations Intern

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TypeInternship
SemesterVirtual Fall 2021
OpenSeptember 6, 2021 — December 13, 2021
DeadlineAugust 30, 2020

APPLICATIONS OPEN ON AUGUST 1, 2021.

DEADLINE TO APPLY ON AUGUST 30, 2021.

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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. 

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Digital and Graphic Design Internship

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. 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 graphic portfolio.

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

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.

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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:
  • Assist in creating content for Wilson Memos and other educational materials for our Congressional audience
  • Help in the production of 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, International Relations Education Program, etc. 
  • Assist with the research of Need to Know podcast
  • 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 will run between 8 to 12 weeks based upon agreement between the applicant and the Congressional Relations staff.

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Application Procedure

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

To apply for the Digital and Graphic Design Intern Position: click here.

Please follow the instructions on the forms above. The Congressional Relations 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. The Digital and Graphic Design Intern Position requires a resume, a cover letter, and a graphic portfolio of your previous work. 

Should you have any questions, please reach out to us at: congressionalrelations@wilsoncenter.org.

***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.