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Internships with the Maternal Health Initiative

The Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) is seeking a paid hybrid 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.

OpenSeptember 11, 2023 — December 15, 2023
DeadlineJune 22, 2023

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The Maternal Health Initiative is not currently accepting internship applications.

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 the opportunity for interns 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
  • MHI is currently recruiting for one hybrid paid intern starting Fall 2023. We are looking for candidates who can commit between 20-30 hours per week from September – December 2023, with the possibility to extend to May 2024.
  • Deadline for applications submission: Thursday, June 22, 2023.

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 US and global 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. This internship will be hybrid, with some remote work and some in-person work. You must be based in the D.C. area to be considered for this internship, as you will be required to commute to the Wilson Center 1-2 times per week, as well as additional days to provide support for in-person convenings.

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 start/end dates in your application.

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

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.