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The Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks staff assistant interns each semester (fall, spring, and summer). The internship program is designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy.

  • March 1 for summer internships

  • July 1 for fall internships

  • November 1 for spring internships

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that the Brazil Institute will be offering remote-only internships for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021. A determination for Fall 2021 will be made closer to the application deadline. Interns will need regular computer and internet access during Wilson Center’s working hours (9am-5pm Eastern Time).

Additional details about our current internship opportunities are listed below.

Current Internship Opportunities

  • DEADLINES: March 1 for summer internships, July 1 for fall internships, and November 1 for spring internships.

    Internship Description

    Interns will provide administrative and research support for Brazil Institute activities, including event logistics, research, assistance with the preparation of publications, and other duties as assigned. Interns will also help manage the Brazil Institute's digital presence, including the development of multimedia products and content for our social media accounts and our blog, Think Brazil

    This internship is unpaid. Individuals selected for internships will be expected to provide documentation showing employment eligibility prior to being appointed. 


    Successful applicants should have a demonstrable interest in Brazil, including coursework and/or work experience, and fluency in both English and Portuguese. Applicants should also have strong research and writing skills, be detail-oriented, and be able to work independently and collectively as part of group.  Translation experience will be considered an asset.

    Applicants must be either 1) currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, 2) a recent graduate (within the last year), or 3) have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program.

    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 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

    To apply, submit the following:

    1. Resume (1-2 pages).
    2. Intern application form, available for download at the top of this page.
    3. Cover letter describing how you could contribute to our team and what you are looking to gain from the internship.
    4. English-language writing sample (2-5 pages). We are looking for something that demonstrates knowledge of English grammar and syntax, good organization, and ability to sustain an argument/thesis.

    Please send the materials as attachments and not as shared files. Please also clearly state whether you are looking for a full-time internship (35 hours per week) or a part-time internship (we ask for a minimum of 16 hours). Include your name and desired semester (e.g., First name Last name - Fall 2019 Internship) in the email's subject line.

    All materials should be submitted together to Barbara Cimatti at

    Due to the number of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


    The Wilson Center is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Wilson Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open and informed dialogue. The Center commemorates the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson by: providing a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy and fostering research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a full spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship in national and world affairs.