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Internships with the Development Office

OpenFebruary 1, 2021 — April 26, 2021
DeadlineApril 26, 2021

The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for Congress, the Administration and the broader policy community. As a non-profit, the Wilson Center must secure funding to support its critical work. The Development Office is responsible for raising private funds from individuals, corporations and foundations which comprise the majority of the annual operating budget for the Wilson Center.

Responsibilities: The Development Intern plays a fundamental role within the Development team in the day-to-day activities of fundraising. Specific activities include but are not limited to: assisting with high-level event planning; researching funding prospects; database management; acknowledgement letters and donor correspondence; writing and design of communications materials for donor-related outreach; organizational and planning assistance with meetings and donor fulfillment activities; and assisting the team with other office duties as assigned.

Through this internship, our interns gain invaluable knowledge and experience related to individual, corporate, and foundation philanthropy; event planning and support; donor and prospect research; and professional writing skills. Interns also gain experience with software's including Every Action, iWave, Wealth-X, and many more programs.

The Development Intern will report directly to the Development Associate, but will work closely with the Vice President for Development and Director of Donor Relations.


• Undergraduate Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students with an interest in development and international affairs

• Previous internship and/or office experience required; Development, research, or event planning experience is preferred

• Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask and meet strict deadlines

• Strong communication skills, both written and oral; ability to work effectively within a team

• Enthusiasm, positive attitude, and professional manner

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (specifically Word, Excel, and Outlook)

How to Apply

To apply for an internship position, please send application materials to Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Applications are processed on a rolling basis until the available positions are filled.

Required application materials:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter - 1 page highlighting skills and experience mentioned above. Please also discuss your specific interest in both the Wilson Center, and the field of Development. The cover letter should indicate your availability: approximate number of hours per week available to work, and approximate start and end dates. Ideally, all of our interns will be able to dedicate 20-35 hours per week no matter the semester.
  3. Writing Sample - Maximum 3 pages. An excerpt from a college essay is sufficient.

Application Deadlines:

• Summer 2021: April 26, 2021

• Fall 2021: August 6, 2021


Testimonials from our former Development interns:

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to have interned with the Development Department at the Wilson Center. The staff constantly provided ample opportunities for learning- within the development office and the various activities that happen at the Wilson Center. The best thing about this position is being a focal point for all departments and donors at the center. I was able to see the full scope of research and outreach from the Center and make connections with many groups involved. Even transitioning to a remote setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff kept me engaged, informed, and feeling truly supported during a an uncertain time. I gained so many skills from this internship and am excited to use them moving forward in my career."

- Emily Ashner, Spring and Summer 2020 Intern


"I have been honored to interact and listen to well-known speakers and diplomats discuss relevant global issues and topics. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Development intern is seeing your work immediately put into action, whether it is the release of your event summary to high-profile donors, or the distribution of your research on attendees of an event and donors. The most valuable experience I gained as a Development intern was having the exposure to different public and private sector officials while at the Center and in the Development office, which gave me an irreplaceable, hands-on introduction to the public sector and service fields, where I want to pursue a career."

- Gabriella Small, Summer 2016 Intern