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Type: Internship
Open: Summer, Fall, Spring Terms

Internship Opportunities

Center Description
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Wilson Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open and informed dialogue, providing a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy. The Wilson Center fosters research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a broad spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship in national and world affairs.

Urban Sustainability Laboratory
For nearly two decades, the Urban Sustainability Laboratory at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has used a multidisciplinary and comparative framework to explore the growing significance of urban issues. Committed to improving knowledge about sustainable urban development through research, seminars, and publications, USL has brought together broad networks of urban scholars, practitioners, community leaders, and policymakers to better understand the challenges and opportunities brought by urbanization.

The Urban Lab has worked to bring attention to comprehensive urban policies that can harness the energy of urban growth and diversity to create sustainable, equitable, and peaceful cities. Building on its work in this area, USL will examine the latest research and activity from the field to better understand the conditions that foster empowerment, resilience, and sustainability in the urban environment.

Internship Description
Interns will be assigned to work directly with the Urban Sustainability Laboratory staff in support of project activities up to 35 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship. Duties will include:

·         Conducting research, preparing literature reviews and collecting source materials on topics related to urban studies;

·         Analyzing and summarizing research materials;

·         Attending and reporting on events in and around Washington;

·         Assisting staff with preparation for and management of conferences and seminars; and,

·         Preparing Program materials and publications.

Eligibility Requirements
Interns should have coursework related to, and/or experience working on issues related to urban studies. Candidates 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 at the time of application), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program (within the next year). Non-degree seeking students are ineligible.

Application Deadline
Summer: April 15
Fall: July 15
Spring: October 15

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 2-5 page writing sample (can be an excerpt of a longer paper). 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.