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OpenSeptember 8, 2020 — December 18, 2020
DeadlineJuly 20, 2020

The Environmental Change and Security Program is seeking interns to:

  • Write for 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


Assignments may include:


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



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

ECSP currently offers unpaid internships. We are looking for candidates who are willing to devote at least 21 hours per week, up to a maximum of 35 hours per week. Interns work seven hour days.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wilson Center has moved to a telework schedule until further notice. At this time, ECSP is currently offering remote internships and interns are not required to be located 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.

How to Apply 

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

Please submit the application via e-mail to with “[Season] [Year] Internship” in the subject line (e.g., “Fall 2020 Internship”).

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