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Kennan Institute Multimedia Internship

SemesterSummer 2024
OpenJune 3, 2024 — August 30, 2024
DeadlineApril 22, 2024

The Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute is hiring a multimedia intern for summer 2024. (This internship may be renewed for the fall semester upon mutual consent.) The multimedia intern supports the Kennan Institute’s work by creating visual elements for publications, research, and events. The intern will also produce engaging and accessible audio-visual content suitable for a general audience. The multimedia intern is integral to the success of Kennan’s digital outreach efforts, including promotion on social media.

In addition to the listed responsibilities, the multimedia intern will have opportunities to pursue self-guided projects. Previous interns have published highly successful multimedia projects while at the Wilson Center (examples here and here). Applications must be submitted by April 22, 2024, in order to be considered.


The Kennan Institute’s mission is to improve American understanding about Russia, Ukraine, and the wider region. Applicants need not have prior experience in or about the region. The multimedia intern contributes to all aspects of media creation in support of the Kennan Institute’s programming. The multimedia intern will work directly with Kennan staff and scholars in support of project activities for a maximum of 35 hours per week. Duties include but are not limited to the following:


  • Assists with the preparation of publications and/or outreach materials by generating original graphics and audio/visual products suitable for a variety of digital platforms.
  • Manages multimedia projects from start to finish – including idea generation, research, scripting, storyboards, production, and promotion on digital platforms.
  • Creates engaging content designed to grab the public’s attention and communicate complex policy or research ideas in a way that is easy to understand.
  • Proofreads and edits written work, including audio transcriptions.
  • Provides operational support during events by capturing original photography and video for social media platforms, updating social media accounts, and other tasks as needed.
  • Coordinates in-person and online with Kennan staff and fulfills audio and video editing requests.
  • Produces high-quality results on a tight schedule. 


  • Experience with photography and videography.
  • Experience with designing graphics, especially those suitable for social media.
  • Software experience: Canva, Adobe Suite (including Premiere, After Effects, and Illustrator).
  • Experience with social media platforms, especially Twitter/X, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • Demonstrated interest in international relations or foreign policy is desirable; expertise related to Russia, Ukraine, and the surrounding regions is a plus.
  • Current student in an accredited degree program or recent graduate.

The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars is a hybrid work environment. Fully remote work is possible; preference is given to candidates who can work in the Kennan Institute office in Washington, DC at least one day per week. The start date for this position is June 3, 2024

Application Process and Materials

To apply: Submit all application materials to Please include “Summer 2024 Multimedia Internship” in the subject line.

A completed application will have the following materials, compiled into a single PDF. Please label your file with your name. 

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in this role and in working for the Kennan Institute.
  • CV/Resume
  • Portfolio that demonstrates your prior work, featuring both graphic design and video samples. We accept portfolios in the form of a digital file or a link to a website with your work.

Applications must be submitted by April 22, 2024, in order to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

International students are eligible for Wilson Center internships, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. 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.

Learn more about internships at the Wilson Center.