SALARY: Unpaid, but students may arrange to receive academic credit for their internship through their university
DATES: Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters (start and end dates flexible)
HOURS: 15-35 hours a week
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
The Wilson Quarterly (WQ) is a general-interest online magazine that explores the world of ideas and the people they affect. We involve our interns in almost every facet of publishing the WQ, and a wide array of opportunities avail themselves to interns, including:
- Researching and writing brief, digest-style articles on new studies, research, and provocative arguments from the world of ideas (e.g. this piece about new research on prison gangs, this piece on a new Chinese-funded canal through Nicaragua, and this one on Hungary’s creeping authoritarianism).
- Authoring original analysis and reportage.
- Fact-checking essays and other articles published by WQ.
- Strategizing and collaborating on use of social media to boost WQ’s traffic and contribute to the conversation.
- Creating interactive stories (e.g. this interactive timeline of war in Afghanistan, this interactive map on the underage migrants into the U.S.).
- Designing and researching visual components for our stories.
- Analyzing traffic patterns and website statistics to improve the user experience on WQ.
- Transferring our 40 years of archival content into a beautiful, modern digital format.
- Editing and proofreading pieces by interns and freelancers.
- Evaluating submissions.
Other duties may be assigned. Interns are expected to work on-site at the offices of the Wilson Center in downtown Washington, D.C.
Applicants should be self-starters with strong writing and organizational skills, a comfort with the internet, a passion for critical reading, and the ability to work independently and efficiently. We especially value interest in media, social sciences, culture, science, public policy, and current events in a wide variety of fields. 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.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (which can be unpublished, and which is not to exceed five double-spaced pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please address your availability in your cover letter. No calls, please.