Apply Now for Social Media/Communications Internships with the Africa Program at The Wilson Center

Jul 31, 2014

The Africa Program is seeking qualified applicants for two available Social Media/Communications internship positions in Washington, D.C. Interns will assist program staff in its outreach and communications strategies, social media and web management, and event planning.

Internship Description

Interns will be assigned to work with the Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity Staff in support of project activities for a maximum of 30 hours per week. The work will be approximately 70% social media and communications management; 20% copy-editing, research and writing; 10% administrative. Duties will include:

  • Managing program blog, Africa Up Close, including uploading new posts, adding hyperlinks, liaising with contributors and internal web team, maintaining a post schedule, and troubleshooting issues when necessary;
  • staying on top of trending topics related to Africa and authoring short posts on blog;
  • managing social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and others;
  • working with program staff to develop social media strategies for event and/or publication promotion;
  • assisting with website update project;
  • proofreading and editing written work;
  • assisting in managing and updating program database; and
  • occasionally helping with office reception duties, including telephone, greeting visitors, and mail sorting and distribution;

Eligibility Requirements

  • Interns must have an interest in Africa and African-related issues, and preferably have some academic or experiential background related to this focus.
  • He/she should have computer skills on a variety of software platforms, including Wordpress, HTML basic coding, Adobe Suite, Microsoft Suite, and experience with social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.
  • French language oral and written fluency is desirable.
  • Good research skills, attention to detail and an enthusiastic, responsible approach to unsupervised work are strong assets.
  • MA candidates encouraged to apply; however, applicants who have just completed a BA or are in their senior undergraduate year may also be considered.

Please Note: International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization. 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. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

Internship Dates
This internship will take place from August 2014 through December 2014. Internship applications will be accepted until August 31st. The internship is unpaid. The Woodrow Wilson Center is located in downtown Washington, D.C., in the Ronald Reagan Building/International Trade Center (Federal Triangle Metro stop).

Application Procedure
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

Or by fax: (202) 691-4001

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. An individual selected for this position will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability prior to being appointed. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

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