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OpenSeptember 7, 2021 — December 17, 2021
DeadlineJuly 16, 2021
ECSP is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2021 Internships

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. 

Internships with the Environmental Change and Security Program are designed to provide the opportunity for interns to:

  • Contribute to our award-winning blog, New Security Beat
  • Network with leading experts in the environment, development, and security field
  • Work closely with the friendly, dynamic “Green Team” at the Wilson Center

ECSP is currently recruiting for two different part-time paid positions starting September 2021. We are looking for candidates who can commit up to 20 hours per week to the internship from September to December 2021. 

Research Internship

Primary responsibilities may include:

  • Researching and writing stories for New Security Beat and ECSP’s website
  • Researching environment, security, development, global health, and demography topics in support of program-related activities
  • Assisting the planning and implementation of events and conferences
  • Assisting the preparation of publications and/or outreach materials
  • Performing administrative assignments in support of ECSP activities

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (between two and five pages in length). 

For the research internship position: Please submit the application via e-mail to with “[Season] [Year] Research Internship” in the subject line (e.g., “Fall 2021 Research Internship”).

Communications Internship

Primary responsibilities may include:

  • Drafting posts to promote events, publications, and content featured on New Security Beat on ECSP’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram)
  • Assisting with external program communications, including drafting, formatting, and proofing program newsletters and event invitations for ECSP’s mailing lists
  • Assisting with the production and editing of ECSP’s podcast series and developing program-oriented videos
  • Producing original media content and actively seeking new ways to advance ECSP’s online presence

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three examples of your previous work  producing graphics and social media promotional materials.

For the communications internship position: Please submit the application via e-mail to with “[Season] [Year] Communications Internship” in the subject line (e.g., “Fall 2021 Communications Internship”).


Potential interns should be students, prospective students (within the next year), and/or recent graduates (within the last year) with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on environmental and human security.

In addition, applicants should:

  • Possess strong research, writing, and/or administrative skills
  • Be detail-oriented
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a group
  • For the Communications Internship: Experience with graphic design and audiovisual tools (Adobe Illustrator and Audition, Canva, InDesign, Audacity and/or Photoshop) is strongly desirable.

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, ECSP is currently offering remote internships with the possibility of hosting interns in-person, on an ad-hoc basis, in Washington, D.C. 

Due to the high volume of applications ECSP receives, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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.