About the Wilson Center
Internships with the Middle East Program
***Please note that due to the volume of applications received each term we cannot reply to each one. We will contact only those we wish to interview for a position.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Wilson Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open and informed dialogue. The Center commemorates the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson by providing a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy. The Wilson Center fosters research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a broad spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship in national and world affairs.
Middle East Program
The Middle East Program was launched in February 1998 in light of the increased engagement of the United States in the region and to explore the profound changes the states in the region are experiencing. Rather than spotlighting day-to-day issues, the Program concentrates on long-term developments and how such issues impact stability and growth in the region and its relations with the United States. The Middle East Program's meetings, conferences and reports assess the policy implications of regional developments (political, economic, and social), the Middle East's role in the international arena, American interests in the region, strategic threats to and from the regional states, and the role and future prospects of the region's energy resources.
Interns will be assigned to work directly with the Middle East Program Staff in support of project activities for 20 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship. Duties will include:
- searching for source material at area institutions and online sources (short and long term projects as assigned);
- analyzing, summarizing and filing research materials;
- proofreading and editing written work;
- attending and reporting on Middle East-related events in and around Washington;
- helping Middle East Program Staff manage and update the database;
- maintaining Middle East Program website;
- assisting staff in preparing public events, including managing mailing lists, RSVPs, and physical setup;
- preparing 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 Middle East 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.
Interns should have an interest in the Middle East, preferably with some coursework related to, and/or experience working on Middle East issues. He/she should have basic computer skills on a variety of software platforms. Excellent research skills and an enthusiastic, responsible approach to unsupervised work are strong assets. Those with excellent writing and/or editing skills are strongly encouraged to apply. Fluency in Arabic, Farsi, or Turkish preferred but not required. Interns must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within one calendar year of internship start date), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program (within the next year). Non-degree seeking students are ineligible.
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.
Fall: August - December
Spring: January - May
Summer: May - August
Fall: July 15
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 1
To apply, send your resume, a letter describing how you could contribute to our team and what you are looking to gain from the internship, and a 5-7 page writing sample (can be an excerpt of a longer paper). In the subject line please write your last name and for which internship cycle you are applying. For example, a subject line might read "Smith Internship Application Fall 2015." Also, clearly state what dates and times you are available to work.
All materials should be submitted together by the internship deadline via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org