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OpenJanuary 1, 2020 — December 31, 2020
DeadlineDecember 31, 2020

Please note that during the coronavirus outbreak, the Wilson Center and Kennan Institute will be postponing onsite meetings and events. We also anticipate that new scholar arrivals will likely be postponed. As Kennan Institute research interns work directly with our scholars in residence, this directly affects our internship program.

At this time, it is unclear when this situation might end, or whether it will continue on into the summer.

With these factors in mind, we will not be conducting interviews for new interns until such time as we better understand when normal operations will resume and new scholars arrive.

We will keep all applications on file in the meantime. You may send in a new application to be kept on file for future consideration. Please be sure to note in your cover letter the period for which you wish to be considered (for example, summer or fall semester).

Once we resume normal operations, we will contact those applicants whose background and availability best match our incoming scholar projects.

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.

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. Applicants should have a good command of the Russian or Ukrainian language and ability to conduct independent research. This internship offers a flexible schedule of 15 hours per week.

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, or by regular mail to: 

Research Assistant Coordinator
Kennan Institute
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027

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.

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