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OpenOctober 25, 2016 — December 31, 2019
DeadlineNovember 6, 2016

Spring Semester Application Deadline is 6 November 2016

Program Intern (Modern Korean History)Call Number: WC-NKIDP-SP2017-I-15 


The North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP) and recently launched Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy (HMKFCKHPP) are seeking an intern candidate with strong English-language writing skills for spring 2017 to work on projects and events related to both North and South Korean modern/historical affairs at the Wilson Center. Applications due November 6th.

The selected intern will work with primary sources from international archives (Russian, Eastern European, etc.) which offer insights into the inner workings and external relations of both North and South Korea. General internship tasks will be two-fold: 1) assisting Wilson Center staff with the description, cataloging, and online publication of these important new sources, and 2) assisting with event planning and management for HMKFCKHPP Korea-related events and conferences.

Through work with NKIDP and HMKFCKHPP, interns will develop an appreciation for the deep continuities in North-South Korean policies and the relevance of history in contemporary policy formation toward the DPRK. Interns will also gain valuable knowledge from interaction with program staff, visiting scholars, and Woodrow Wilson Center fellows.

Internship appointments are generally consistent with academic semesters (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer / three to four months); although appointments are made throughout the year for periods of varying length. No internship will exceed one year in duration.

Successful applications will:

  • Demonstrate ability to read, write, and copy-edit academic English at a high-level;
  • Demonstrate interest and knowledge of recent Korean history and/or East Asian history;
  • Demonstrate effective research and/or administrative skills, and attentiveness to detail;
  • Exhibit the ability to work independently and as part of group;
  • Advanced proficiency in a foreign language, especially, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, German, Romanian, Korean, Albanian, and Polish.
  • Past coursework in modern Korean history or the Cold War in Asia is helpful, but not necessary.



Successful applicants should have strong research and/or administrative skills; be extremely attentive to detail; be able to work independently and as part of group; be enrolled in a degree program, have graduated, and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program within the next year. 

  • Interns are expected to work between 14 and 35 hours per week.
  • The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.
  • This internship opportunity is open to all U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and qualified international students.
  • International students must hold an F-1 or J-1 visa at the time of application and appropriate work authorization (We are unable to sponsor visas for interns). 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.
  • This internship is unpaid, though we do offer interns the opportunity to earn academic credit in accordance with their programs' requirements.

Application Instructions

The summer semester deadline in 15 March, the fall semester deadline is 31 July, and the spring semester deadline is 6 November. Applications will not be considered if they are received after the current semester deadline. 

To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and application form to by the application deadline. The cover letter may be addressed to:

Kayla Orta
Program AssistantNorth Korea International Documentation ProjectWilson Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027
RE: WC-NKIDP-SP2017-I-15