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Kennan Institute Research Internship

Research Interns provide direct support to Kennan Institute scholars and are matched according to their interests, background, and availability. The Kennan Institute accepts applications for Research Internships on a rolling basis.



The Kennan Institute offers paid Research Internships lasting two to nine months for undergraduate, graduate, and prospective graduate students. Each intern works with a scholar in residence at the Institute over a period of two to nine months. This internship offers a flexible schedule of 15 hours per week, and a stipend of $10 per hour.


Applicants should have a good command of the Russian or Ukrainian language and ability to conduct independent research.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter describing your availability to work in Washington, D.C., your research interests and strengths, and the period for which you wish to be considered (in terms of which months or semesters). You may send your application by email to

The Kennan Institute accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applicants will be contacted for an interview if their research interests, background, and availability should match an incoming research project. For more information about Kennan Institute Research Internships, please email Joseph Dresen or call (202) 691-4245. 

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.

Thank you again for your interest in the Kennan Institute. We invite you to continue to use the Kennan Institute in your studies and work.

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