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Internships with the Maternal Health Initiative

The Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) is seeking a paid part-time intern to contribute to the Dot-Mom column of the award-winning blog, New Security Beat; network with leading experts in the maternal health, reproductive health, and gender equity fields; and work closely with the friendly, dynamic MHI team to develop communications and programmatic skills.

OpenJanuary 16, 2023 — May 26, 2023
DeadlineOctober 24, 2022

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The Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) is dedicated to improving the lives of women, adolescents, and children around the world. In addition to maternal and newborn health, MHI explores a wide range of policy-related topics, including gender equity, family planning, health care workforce and systems, caregiving, gender-based violence, workforce participation, global health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Internships with the Maternal Health Initiative are designed to provide interns the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to the Dot-Mom column of the award-winning blog, New Security Beat
  • Network with leading experts in the maternal health, reproductive health, and gender equity fields
  • Work closely with the friendly, dynamic MHI team at the Wilson Center
  • Learn about the inner workings of both MHI and the greater Wilson Center

MHI is currently recruiting for one paid ($16.12/hour) intern for Spring 2023. We are looking for candidates who can commit 20-35 hours per week from January – May 2023. This internship will be fully remote.

Deadline for applications submission: Monday, October 24

Due to the high volume of applicants, we cannot accept late or incomplete applications.

Primary responsibilities may include:

  • Provide research and writing for New Security Beat and MHI’s website
  • Research maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, women in the workforce, and other gender-based issues in support of program-related activities
  • Draft posts to promote events, publications, and content featured on New Security Beat on MHI’s social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
  • Research and write policy briefs, publications, and/or outreach materials
  • Monitor and share U.S. policies related to programmatic issues
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of events and conferences
  • Perform administrative assignments in support of MHI activities


Potential interns should be graduate students, prospective graduate students (within the next year), and/or recent graduates (within the last year) pursuing a degree in public health, public policy, or a related field. Coursework related to and/or experience working on maternal, child, adolescent, and/or reproductive health is a must.

In addition, applicants should have:

  • Strong research, writing, and/or administrative skills
  • Experience with Twitter and Instagram
  • Experience with graphic design and audiovisual tools (Adobe Illustrator and Audition, Canva, InDesign, Audacity and/or Photoshop) is strongly desirable
  • Good attention to detail and good time management skills
  • Be able to work both independently to manage multiple deliverables
  • Ability to be creative and innovative!

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (between two and five pages in length).  If possible, the writing sample should be non-academic in format, such as a blog post, but can focus on an academic subject such as maternal health. Please indicate your available hours and approximate start/end dates in your application.

Please submit the application via e-mail to with “[Season] [Year] Program Internship” in the subject line (e.g., “Spring 2023 Program Internship”).

You must be either based on the East Coast, or be able to start work according to East Coast business hours--  9am ET start.

The Wilson Center is closely monitoring guidelines established by the CDC and other federal and state authorities surrounding COVID-19. At this time, MHI is only offering remote internships. However, interns based in the Washington, D.C. area may have the opportunity to assist with in-person events and work from the Wilson Center on an ad-hoc basis.  

An individual selected for the internship will be expected to present proper evidence establishing their eligibility to work in the United States prior to being appointed.  The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States.  Please note that we cannot sponsor a visa for interns to work in the United States.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization.  All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official (DSO) or Responsible Officer (RO) for visas 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. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and people from other underrepresented groups to apply.