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OpenJanuary 1, 2019 — December 31, 2022

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 2021. 

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.

Current Internship Opportunities

Program Intern (Cold War History)

Call Number: WC-CWIHP-FA2017-I-18

The History and Public Policy Program seeks applications for program interns interested in Cold War History throughout the year. The summer semester deadline in 30 March, the fall semester deadline is 22 July, and the spring semester deadline is 1 November.

Interns will assist with digitizing, describing and uploading historical documents to DigitalArchive.org; conduct Cold War research at archives and libraries; edit document collections, blog posts, and other manuscripts; coordinate scholarly conferences; and answer various information requests. Interns are at the forefront of the debate and research over the historiography of the Cold War and will gain valuable knowledge from interaction with History and Public Policy Program staff, Woodrow Wilson Center Fellows, as well as visiting scholars and experts.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application form by email to coldwar@wilsoncenter.org. The cover letter may be addressed to Ms. Erin Scrimger and Mr. Kian Byrne.

Research Assistant (Chinese Language Specialist)

Call Number: WC-CWIHP-FA2017-I-19

The History and Public Policy Program seeks intern candidates with strong Chinese language skills to participate in a project to expand the Chinese Foreign Policy Database. The summer semester deadline in 30 March, the fall semester deadline is 22 July, and the spring semester deadline is 1 November.

Interns work closely with primary sources from archival collections of Chinese origin (Mainland China and Taiwan) covering the Cold War era. The selected candidate will work with Wilson Center staff to describe, catalog, and translate these archival records for publication online.

Applicants should:

  • Demonstrate ability to read and write Chinese 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 recent Chinese history, East Asian history, the international relations of Asia, and/or Chinese foreign policy;
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, writing, and research skills.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application form by email to coldwar@wilsoncenter.org. The cover letter may be addressed to Dr. Charles Kraus.

Research Assistant (Russian Language Specialist)

Call Number: WC-CWIHP-SP2017-I-13

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 documents and assist with uploading them to DigitalArchive.org. The summer semester deadline in 30 March, the fall semester deadline is 22 July, and the spring semester deadline is 1 November.

The selected intern will work closely with primary sources from Soviet archival collections covering the Cold War era. The selected candidate will work with Wilson Center staff to describe, catalog, and translate these archival records for publication online.

Applicants should:

  • Demonstrate ability to read and write 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, Soviet foreign relations, and/or the Stalinist period of Soviet history.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, writing, and research skills.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application form by email to coldwar@wilsoncenter.org. The cover letter may be addressed to Dr. Charles Kraus.

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.

Internships with the History and Public Policy Program are unpaid, though we do offer interns the opportunity to earn academic credit in accordance with their programs' requirements. As a general rule, our office is looking for individuals who can work between 14 and 35 hours/week.

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. 

Application Instructions

The summer semester deadline in 30 March, the fall semester deadline is 22 July, and the spring semester deadline is 1 November. Applications will not be considered if they are received after the current semester deadline. 

To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and completed application form to coldwar@wilsoncenter.org. All questions may also be directed to this account.