Skip to main content

Internships with the Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Connect With Us

Internship Description
Interns will be assigned to work directly with the Middle East Program Staff in support of project activities for 20 hours per week. Duties will include:

Administrative and Logistical:

  • Prepare materials for publication on the Middle East Program website;
  • Help Program Staff manage and update contact list database;
  • Maintain Middle East Program website;
  • Attend and report on Middle East-related events in and around Washington

Research and Written:

  • Search for source material at area institutions and online sources (short and long term projects as assigned);
  • Analyze, summarize and file research materials;
  • Proofread, edit written, and publish written work on the website;
  • Prepare post-event summaries for publication on program website

Social Media and Communications:

  • Assist Program staff in preparing public events, including managing mailing lists, RSVPs, and physical setup;
  • Assist Program staff in live-tweets during events
  • Post publication, event, and Program updates to Twitter and Facebook

All interns at the Wilson Center are also encouraged to participate in our many panel discussions, conferences and other meetings outside of their Middle East Program responsibilities. A variety of events are regularly available in regional studies and functional issues like conflict resolution, women in conflict, environmental issues, international security issues, Congress, foresight and governance. All interns also receive access to the Wilson Center's substantial research resources.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Interns should have an interest in the Middle East, preferably with some coursework related to, and/or experience working on Middle East issues.
  • He/she should have basic computer skills on a variety of software platforms.
  • Excellent research skills and an enthusiastic, responsible approach to unsupervised work are strong assets.
  • Those with excellent writing and/or editing skills are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Interns must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within one calendar year of internship start date), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program (within the next year). Non-degree seeking students are ineligible.
  • Fluency in Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, or Kurdish preferred but not required. 

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.

Internship Terms
Fall: September - December
Spring: January - April
Summer: May – August

Application Deadlines
Fall: August 1
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 1

Application Procedure
To apply, send your resume, a letter describing how you could contribute to our team and what you are looking to gain from the internship, and a 5-7 page writing sample (can be an excerpt of a longer paper). Please submit all application materials as PDFs only. In the subject line please write your last name and for which internship cycle you are applying. For example: "Smith Internship Application Fall 2020." Also, clearly state what dates and times you are available to work.

All materials should be submitted together by the internship deadline via e-mail to:
***Please note that due to the volume of applications received each term we cannot reply to each one. We will contact only those we wish to interview for a position.