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 private briefings, with the purpose of increasing congressional staffers’ knowledge of foreign policy. We also coordinate outreach to Capitol Hill, including testimonies by Wilson Center scholars and briefings specifically for Members of Congress.
Opportunities with Congressional Relations
Foreign Policy Fellowship Program
The Wilson Center's Foreign Policy Fellowship Program (FPFP) is a six-week seminar that encourages Congressional staffers to debate key global issues with some of the nation’s leading foreign policy thinkers and practitioners. FPFP also encourages Fellows from across the aisle to network and work together through an interactive simulation. Additionally, Fellows have the opportunity to join our 1,000-member alumni network and join us for exclusive briefings and study trips around the world.
Congressional Foreign Policy Masterclass
The Wilson Center Congressional Foreign Policy Masterclass Series provides senior staffers the opportunity to go in-depth with our regional experts on a pressing foreign policy issue. This comprehensive course during a congressional recess provides a non-partisan environment for senior staffers to meet and network with fellow colleagues from across the aisle.
Internships with Congressional Relations
The Office of Congressional Relations is looking to fulfill one hybrid internship position for the Summer 2023 semester.
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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
"The Wilson Center is one of our most important entities... You remind us constantly of our responsibilities as global citizens. Independent research, open dialogue, and actionable ideas is exactly what we need in global engagement... We in the Senate really value the contribution that [The Wilson Center] makes to our debate on foreign policy."
"The Wilson Center's FPFP was a vital networking tool, bringing together people of various policy and political convictions and from both chambers of Congress. Meaningful engagement with people of different backgrounds and perspectives is relevant today now more than ever, and FPFP makes that happen."
For more information on our fellowships or programming, contact Paige Rotunda at email@example.com.