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Internships with the Africa Program

Open/Close Dates: 
May 01, 2011 to Dec 31, 2016

The Africa Program is seeking qualified applicants for its internship program in Washington, DC. Interns will assist the Africa Program staff in its Washington area activities, including public forums, research activities and support for our programming in Central Africa.

Internship Description 
The Intern will be assigned to work directly with the Africa Program Staff in support of project activities for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Duties will include:

  • Searching for source material at area institutions and online sources;
  • Analyzing, summarizing and filing research materials; 
  • Proofreading and editing written work;
  • Translating key documents from French to English and English to French;
  • Attending and reporting on Africa-related events in and around Washington;
  • Helping Africa Program staff manage and update the database;
  • Assisting Africa Program staff in preparing public events, including managing mailing lists, RSVPs, and physical setup;
  • Occasionally helping with office reception duties, including telephone, greeting visitors, and mail sorting and distribution;
  • Preparing Africa Program materials and publications.

All interns at the Wilson Center are also encouraged to participate in our many panel discussions, conferences and other meetings outside of their Africa Program responsibilities. A variety of events are regularly available in regional studies and functional issues like conflict resolution, women in conflict, environmental issues, international security issues, Congress, foresight and governance. All interns also receive access to the Wilson Center’s substantial research resources.

Eligibility Requirements 
Interns should have an interest in Africa, preferably with some academic or experiential background in the continent. He/she should have basic computer skills on a variety of software platforms. The intern should have French language oral and written fluency. Good research skills and an enthusiastic and responsible approach to unsupervised work are strong assets. 

This internship is unpaid.

International students 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 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: Spring internships from January – May, Summer internships from June – August, and Fall internships from September – December.

Application Procedure

*Please note: This process applies to the Africa Program internships only. If you are interested in a research internship, please refer here.

Applicants should send a résumé and cover letter to:

Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Africa Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

by email: africa@wilsoncenter.org
or by fax: (202) 691 - 4001


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One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
Email: internships@wilsoncenter.org

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