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Internships with the Polar Institute

The Polar Institute is now accepting applications for the Summer and Fall 2024 terms.

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Internship Description

Internships with the Polar Institute are designed to provide the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully combines scholarship with public policy. Interns will gain valuable experience in various projects including expanding the reach and presence of the Polar Institute through social media content creation, conference and event organization, and administrative assignments in support of both Polar Institute and Wilson Center activities. Interns are also encouraged to pursue independent research projects pertinent to the program's objectives. 

Interns assist with all aspects of the Polar Initiative's day-to-day operations and programming. Sample duties may include:

  • Assisting with the creative design and execution of social media campaigns
  • Assisting with the development of new strategies for increasing engagement
  • Helping to create and edit short-form videos and assisting with photo and video shoots
  • Editing and proofreading written material
  • Assisting staff with preparation for events
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

Eligibility Requirements

Successful applicants should have strong research and administrative skills; be detail-oriented, able to work independently, and able to work collaboratively; and, be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program, accepted to enter an advanced degree program, or a recent graduate. Strong writing and analytical skills are essential. Prior experience in Arctic issues and a desire to engage and immerse oneself in the program's material are beneficial.

This internship requires a commitment of at least 20 hours per week and is paid ($17.45/hour).

Application Instructions

Please compile a resume, cover letter (including dates and times of availability), and brief writing sample into a single PDF file. Please submit your application via email to by the application deadline. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


  • Spring Term: November 1
  • Summer Term: April 15
  • Fall Term: July 15

Please note: international students studying in the US 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 officer for visas at their university stating they have valid immigration status and are eligible to intern at the Wilson Center.

The Wilson Center is not able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the US on a F-1 or J-1 visa, then you must go through a university exchange program or an outside organization that will sponsor your visa. You must have the appropriate visa to apply for this internship.

The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of interns.