Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fall 2018 Research Assistant Internships at the Wilson Center

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) is looking for qualified students (advanced undergraduate or graduate) interested in being part-time research assistant interns in the Fall 2018 semester. An intern typically works 12-15 hours a week per scholar. (The number of hours can be adjusted accordingly to fulfill academic requirements).
In support of the scholars, scholar interns spend much of their time searching for information using online academic databases or other publications. Other duties also include proofreading, editing, critiquing, checking references, compiling bibliographies, writing literature reviews, summarizing research materials, locating inter-library loan materials, and helping with software or presentations.
In addition, this program seeks to further the agency’s mission by providing the recipient with an introduction to the relationship between the world of learning and the world of public affairs. The recipients, as future scholars and/or leaders, will be afforded the opportunity to experience first-hand the importance of engaging academics and public servants toward a common purpose. It is hoped that these opportunities to work with distinguished scholars and practitioners will add a valuable practicum experience to one’s classroom training.  

The deadline to apply is July 16, 2018. Internship positions are open until filled so applying early is strongly encouraged. The list below is of scholars looking for interns:

Lawrence (Larry) K. Altman, Medical Writer and ‘The Doctor's World’ Columnist, New York Times. “Reporting on the Health of Presidents and other Political Leaders.”

Lindsay Benstead, Associate Professor of Political Science and Interim Director of Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University. “Gender, Governance, and Public Policy: Promoting Women’s Leadership in the Arab World and Beyond.” (Arabic)

Benjamin Creutzfeldt, Resident Postdoctoral Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University. “Foreign Policy and Public Goods: Latin America between China and the United States.” (Mandarin Chinese [priority], Spanish, Portuguese)

Zdenek David, Former Librarian, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. “Thomas Masaryk, a Scholar and a Statesman: Philosophical Background of His Political Views.” (German or Czech)

Haleh Esfandiari, Former Director, Middle East Program. Working on a book project about women in Qajar, Iran during the nineteenth century. (Persian)

Ruslan Garipov, Associate Professor of International Law, Kazan Federal University, Russia. “Planning for Sustainable Development in the Arctic: Conflict between Extractive Industries and Indigenous Communities.” (Norwegian, Russian, Danish)

Kent Hughes, Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center. “Economic Statecraft in the 21st Century.”

William B. Milam, Former Senior US Diplomat and US Ambassador in both West Africa and South Asia.  “Post-Musharraf Pakistan and Back to Square One in Bangladesh.”

Diana Negroponte, Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution. “Reviewing the History of the End of the Cold War.” (German or Russian)

Sarah Oates, Professor and Senior Scholar, University of Maryland. “Russian Propaganda Rewired: Analyzing Misinformation in the Digital Age.” (Russian)

David Ottaway, Former Washington Post Correspondent. “Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World” Working on a book on the fallout from the Arab Spring and the United States and the new Arab order.” (Arabic)

Marina Ottaway, Former Senior Research Associate and Head of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Working on the countries of the Arab Spring and Iraq. (Arabic or French)

Marvin Ott, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Former Professor of National Security Policy, National War College and Deputy Staff Director, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “Malaysian Foreign and Security Policy” and “Issues in Southeast Asian Security.”

Natalia Ruiz Morato, Lawyer, Researcher and Legal Adviser, Instituto de Estudios del Ministerio PĂșblico de Colombia. (Spanish)

Catherine Schuler, Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland – College Park. “Spectacular Affect: Mass Festivals & Symbolic Policies in Putin’s Russia.” (Russian)

Jonathan Shimshoni, Research Affiliate, MIT Security Studies Program. “Strategy for the 21st Century – The Social Dimension.” (Russian, Mandarin Chinese)

Katie Stallard, Asia Bureau Chief, Sky News. “Dancing on Bones: How Past Wars Shape the Present in China, Russia and North Korea.” (Russian, Korean)

Quito Swan, Professor of History, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. “Oceania Rising: Crisis, Change, and the South Pacific.”

Earl Anthony Wayne, Former Career Ambassador to Afghanistan, Argentina, and Mexico. “Deepening North American Economic Integration.” (Spanish)

Samuel Wells, Former Associate Director, Woodrow Wilson Center; Former Director, West European Studies Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. “The Worst Case: Korea and U.S. Escalation of the Cold War.” (Russian, Mandarin Chinese, or Korean)

Robin Wright, Former Washington Post Journalist. "The Middle East at a Crossroads—from North Africa to the Persian Gulf.” (Arabic or Persian)

 The following reading and writing foreign language skills are useful and applicants should indicate their level of proficiency on the application form:
Arabic, Czech, Danish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish 

International students studying in the U.S. are eligible, 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 Officer for visas at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center.

The Wilson Center RA Internship Application Form and detailed instructions can be found at:

The application materials consist of:
● a completed Wilson Center RA Internship Application Form
● Cover Letter (indicating academic interests or areas of interest)
● Current Resume (indicating relevant coursework)
● 3-to-5 page Writing Sample or excerpt of a recent research paper with separate Works Cited page
● 2 Letters of Recommendation (do not have to be sealed by recommender); highlighting writing, research, and/or language skills would be helpful; *if you don’t have recommendation letters readily available, please include three references
● Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

Please submit your application materials in ONE COMPLETE package to:
Ms. Krishna Aniel
Education Program Specialist
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
Fax: (202) 691-4001

Please note:
● Most interns are unpaid and doing an internship for academic credit. However, a modest monthly stipend may be available during the fall and spring semesters.
● Because of the large number of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please do not contact to confirm the receipt of your application. If you would like to confirm the receipt of your application, please mail it with a tracking number, delivery confirmation, or email read receipt.
● Interviewed candidates will be contacted within approximately 4 weeks of the prescribed deadline. However, we may receive last minute intern requests from other scholars.