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Internships with the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

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OpenJune 22, 2019 — November 19, 2019
DeadlineMarch 13, 2020

The Kissinger Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks an intern each semester with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on China and the United States (KICUS).


**Please note that due to current COVID-19 changes in programming, our internship program has been put on pause**

Please, no follow-up emails or phone calls. You will be contacted by program staff via email to set up an interview.

This internship is part-time (15-20 hours/week) and is unpaid. However, students may arrange to receive academic credit for their internship through their university.

Internship Description

These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy. Responsibilities include:

  • Researching and monitoring current regional and functional US-China relations topics for KICUS program planning using English and Chinese sources, where applicable.
  • Assisting with KICUS' communication and programming strategies
  • Assisting with the organization, planning and implementation of KICUS events, meetings and programming
  • Assisting staff in managing and updating KICUS's database and website
  • Assisting staff with communications and logistics strategies
  • Compiling, filing and mailing information
  • Assisting with the preparation of publications
  • And other administrative assignments in support of Center activities

Eligibility Requirements

Successful applicants should have strong research and/or administrative skills, be detail-oriented, be able to work independently and collectively as part of group, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. Successful candidates should have strong writing skills, good analytical and research skills, basic computer skills, and a strong interest in China Studies and U.S.-China relations.

Applicants with proficient or native-level Chinese skills are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience working with Chinese-language media and academic materials, and Chinese-English translation are a plus.

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 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.

Application Instructions

To apply, send your resume, a cover letter describing how you could contribute to our team and what you are looking to gain from the internship, and a 3-5 page writing sample. Clearly state what dates and times you are available to work. Please submit application documents as .doc, .docx or .pdf files.

All materials should be submitted together by the due date to Ms. Rui Zhong at