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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.

OpenMay 23, 2022 — August 26, 2022
DeadlineMarch 31, 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. MHI explores a wide range of policy-related topics, including maternal health, gender equity, family planning, health systems, workforce participation, caregiving, 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 Summer 2022. We are looking for candidates who can commit up to 25 hours per week from May 2022-August 2022. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this internship will be virtual.

Deadline for applications submission: Thursday, March 31

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

Primary responsibilities may include:

  • Providing research and writing for New Security Beat and MHI’s website
  • Researching maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, women in the workforce, and other gender-based issues in support of program-related activities
  • Drafting posts to promote events, publications, and content featured on New Security Beat on MHI’s social media accounts (Twitter and Instagram)
  • Assisting with the production and editing of MHI’s podcast series and developing program-oriented videos
  • Researching and writing policy briefs, publications, and/or outreach materials
  • Monitoring and sharing U.S. policies related to programmatic issues
  • Assisting the planning and implementation of events and conferences
  • Performing administrative assignments in support of MHI activities


Potential interns should be current 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. An interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on maternal, child, adolescent, and reproductive health is strongly desired.

In addition, applicants should:

  • Possess strong research, writing, and/or administrative skills
  • Be detail-oriented
  • Be able to work both independently to manage multiple deliverables
  • Have a strong commitment to maternal and reproductive health and other gender-based issues
  • 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.
  • 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., “Summer 2022 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. In response, the Wilson Center has moved to a telework schedule until further notice. At this time, MHI is currently offering remote internships with the future possibility of hosting interns in-person, on an ad-hoc basis, in Washington, D.C.

An individual selected for an internship will be expected to present proper evidence establishing his or her 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 you 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.