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Internships with the History and Public Policy Program

Important Note: The Wilson Center is closely monitoring guidelines established by the CDC, State Department, and other government authorities surrounding COVID-19. At this time, the History and Public Policy Program plans to move forward with offering remote internship opportunities for Spring 2022.

SemesterSpring 2022

The History and Public Policy Program -- including its three projects, the Cold War International History Project, the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, and the North Korea International Documentation Project -- hosts interns and research assistants during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Interns work virtually for the Wilson Center and support the History Program's publication and digitization efforts. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or masters degree program, have graduated within the past year, or have been accepted to an advanced degree program in history, political science, library science, or related field within the next year.


Opportunities for Spring 2022

  • The History and Public Policy Program seeks intern candidates with strong Russian language skills to participate in a project to catalog and analyze newly declassified Soviet-era documents and assist with uploading them to The History and Public Policy Program is currently offering unpaid internships for the Spring 2022 semester.

    The selected intern will work closely with primary sources from Russian-language archival collections covering the Cold War era. The selected candidate will work with Wilson Center staff to describe, catalog, analyze, translate, and otherwise prepare these archival records for publication online. The selected intern will be expected to work approximately 20 hours/week. 

    Necessary Skills and Competencies:

    • Demonstrate ability to read Russian with near-native proficiency. Non-native speakers should include evidence of coursework, language instruction, and subject area proficiency with their application;
    • Demonstrate interest and knowledge of Cold War history and/or Soviet/Russian foreign relations;
    • Demonstrate strong analytical, writing, and research skills

    Deadline for applications is December 1, 2021.

    Please direct all applications and/or questions to

    Application materials consist of:

    1. Cover Letter addressed to Charles Kraus, Deputy Director of the History and Public Policy Program
    2. Resume
    3. History and Public Policy Program Internship Application Form (located at the top of this page)
Internship Eligibility

Successful applicants should have strong research and/or administrative skills; be extremely attentive to detail; be able to work independently and as part of group; be enrolled in a degree program, have graduated, and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program within the next year.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa at the time of application and appropriate work authorization. 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.