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Internships with The Wilson Quarterly

OpenMarch 10, 2021 — April 15, 2021
DeadlineApril 15, 2021


SALARY: Unpaid, but students may arrange to receive academic credit for their internship through their university

DATES: Winter, spring, summer, fall seasons (start and end dates flexible)

HOURS: 15-35 hours a week

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.


One of the nation’s premier journals since 1976, The Wilson Quarterly offers fresh takes, on-the-ground reporting, and thought-provoking perspectives through carefully curated essays and multimedia pieces. A unique narrative publication to emerge from the Washington think tank world, each issue takes a deep and satisfying dive into a single topic or theme that is shaping our world. Whether exploring specific regions, political developments, social trends or history, The WQ aims to inform, intrigue, and inspire.

We involve our interns in almost every facet of the publishing process and possible opportunities include:

  • Editing submissions for content, mechanics, and style.
  • Fact-checking articles published by The WQ.
  • Contributing to the publication's social media efforts.
  • Creating interactive stories.
  • Designing and researching visual components for stories.
  • Analyzing traffic patterns and website statistics to improve the user experience.
  • Evaluating submissions.
  • Writing or assisting in writing articles.
  • Brainstorming ideas for articles and issues.
  • Other editorial, design, and marketing functions.

Other related duties may be assigned. Interns are expected to work on-site at the offices of the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.


Applicants should be self-starters with excellent writing, editing, and organizational skills, a comfort with the internet, a passion for critical reading, and the ability to work independently and efficiently. We especially value journalism/editorial experience, social media experience, multimedia skills, and interest in the media, social sciences, culture, public policy, and current events. Applicants should be familiar with web-based research methods and tools.

The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Internships are open to all U.S. residents and qualified international students with F-1 or J-1 visas.


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (preferably published and not to exceed five double-spaced pages) to Please state your availability in your cover letter. No calls, please.