Nov 01, 2017 to Jul 15, 2018
Deadline: Jul 15, 2018

Research Assistant (Czech Language Specialist)
Czech language skills required for a project on international terrorism during the Cold War

Call Number: WC-CWIHP-FA2017-I-21

The Cold War International History Project seeks an intern candidate for spring 2018 with strong Czech language skills to participate in a project to describe a new collection of documents about international terrorism during the Cold War. The selected intern will work closely with primary sources created by Czechoslovakia's State Security department (Štátna bezpečnosť, ŠtB), which cover the activities of international terrorist groups including a large collection on Carlos the Jackal. The selected candidate will work with Wilson Center staff to describe, catalog, and translate these archival records for publication online.


Successful applications will:

  • Demonstrate ability to read and write Czech with near-native proficiency. Non-native speakers should include evidence of coursework, language instruction, and subject area proficiency with their application;
  • Demonstrate interest and knowledge of the history of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and/or the history of international terrorism;
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, writing, and research skills.



  • Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program (undergraduate or graduate), have graduated within the past year, or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program in history, political science, library science, or related field 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.
  • This internship is unpaid, though we do offer interns the opportunity to earn academic credit in accordance with their programs' requirements.



Applications are due by July 15, 2018. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application form by email to The cover letter may be addressed to:

Cold War International History Project
Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027
RE: WC-CWIHP-FA2017-I-21



Nov 01, 2017 to Jul 15, 2018
Deadline: Jul 15, 2018