The Wilson Center’s office of Congressional Relations works to maintain a vibrant relationship with Members of Congress and their staffs. We organize and run a series of educational programs led by Wilson Center experts, ranging from seminars to podcasts, with the purpose of increasing congressional staffers’ knowledge of international policy. We also coordinate outreach to Capitol Hill, including testimonies by Wilson Center scholars and briefings for Members of Congress.
Opportunities with Congressional Relations
Wilson Foreign Policy Fellowship Program
Unfortunately, due to the recent public health developments surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the Foreign Policy Fellowship Program for the spring 2020 session. We will have an update with new dates in the future. The application window will also be delayed, and those dates will be announced along with the new program dates.
Congressional Foreign Policy Masterclass
Unfortunately, due to the recent public health developments surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the Russia and China Masterclasses. We will have an update with new dates for these programs in the future.
Internships with Congressional Relations
Need to Know Podcast Series
Need to Know is a foreign policy news podcast produced by the Office of Congressional Relations at the Wilson Center. Bringing you the best non-partisan policy through conversations with our scholars.Browse all the episodes
Lawrence K. Altman
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As COVID-19 forces us to hunker down in our homes, telecommute, stock up on staples, limit visits to relatives and friends, and disrupt our lives in many other ways, we are paying a steep price for not heeding the advice of health officials who, for decades, repeatedly urged government officials to prepare for another pandemic resembling the one from influenza that killed 20 to 100 million people from 1917-1920.
The Wilson Center’s Foreign Policy Fellowship Program does more than dive into complex foreign policy issues, it also offers congressional staff the unique opportunity to reach across the aisle and form genuine relationships.
Katie Peake, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)
“The FPFP truly delivers on its commitment to bipartisanship and allows for genuine across-the-aisle relationship-building that is hard to find in other organizations or opportunities available to congressional staff. Additionally, the Wilson Center continually chooses top-notch experts and consistently facilities the timely and enlightening discussions that make their programs well worth a staffers time.”
Congressman David Price (D-NC)
The mission of service and support to our own work as policymakers sets the Center apart from other policy organizations in Washington, and certainly embodies the spirit of public service for which President Wilson is remembered.
The Honorable Ed Royce
I am an enthusiast for the Wilson Center and I appreciate all their good work and the great leadership of Jane Harman.