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Please note that during the coronavirus outbreak, the Wilson Center and Kennan Institute will be postponing onsite meetings and events until further notice. Incoming scholars have been given the option to postpone their fellowships or work remotely. At this time, the Wilson Center is developing its reopening plans to allow scholars to gradually enter and work from the Center on a controlled basis. As Kennan Institute research interns work directly with our scholars, this directly affects our internship program.

At this time, we anticipate a greatly reduced number of scholars taking up their grants, whether remotely or in person.

As a result, we will continue to accept applications for internships (including from those wishing to work remotely) and keep them on file. When we have a confirmed project available, we will contact those applicants whose availability and background suggest a good match for the project to arrange an interview.

May 2022 update: Please note that we are no longer considering applications for summer 2022 internships. For consideration for the fall, please apply by early August 2022.

TO APPLY: Send your resume and cover letter according to the instructions below. Please be sure to note in your cover letter the period for which you wish to be considered (in terms of which months or semesters).

Thank you again for your interest in the Kennan Institute. We invite you to continue to use the Kennan Institute in your studies and work.

CLICK HERE for general advice on applying for Kennan Institute grants and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Current Internship Opportunities


Research Internship

DESCRIPTION: The Kennan Institute offers paid research internships for undergraduate, graduate, and prospective graduate students. Each intern works with a scholar in residence at the Institute over a period of three to nine months. This internship offers a flexible schedule of 15 hours per week.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a good command of the Russian or Ukrainian language and ability to conduct independent research.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To apply, send a resume and cover letter describing your availability to work in Washington, D.C. and your research interests and strengths. You may send your application by email to

For more information, you may email Joseph Dresen or call (202) 691-4245. 

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. 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.