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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 Fall 2022.

SemesterFall 2022
OpenAugust 29, 2022 — December 9, 2022
DeadlineAugust 5, 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.

Please direct all applications and/or questions to


Opportunities for Fall 2022

  • The History and Public Policy Program (HAPP) seeks internship applications for the Fall 2022 semester.

    Interns work remotely and will support HAPP programs such as the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP), the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP), the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), the Chinese Foreign Policy Database, and the Middle East History & Documentation Initiative.

    Internships with HAPP are paid and offer an opportunity to learn at the intersection of history and international affairs. Interns with HAPP can develop a unique cross-section of skills that will help in the pursuit of a career in both fields. While supporting program staff with events, publications, and coordination with other programs, HAPP interns are able to network with experts and peers in the worlds of scholarship and policy, and get a behind-the-scenes look at a premier Washington DC think-tank.

    Interns also help scholars and staff with the publication of newly released archival records onto, getting hands-on experience with primary sources often not possible except at the Masters or PhD level. Interns can even pursue their own research and contribute to the HAPP blog, Sources and Methods, helping to fill out their growing resume and learning how to synthesize this new information into valuable analysis.

    Necessary Skills and Competencies:

    • Demonstrate strong analytical, writing, and research skills
    • Comfort with the Microsoft Office suite
    • Demonstrate strong communication skills
    • Working fluency in foreign languages, especially Russian, Chinese or German a plus, but not required

    Deadline for applications is August 5, 2022

    Please direct all applications and/or questions to


    Application materials consist of:

    1. Cover Letter addressed to Kian Byrne, Program Coordinator
    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. 

Internship Schedule and Salary

The internship will last 12 weeks and interns will be expected to work up to 25 hours/week.

Interns will receive an income of $16.12/hour