About the Wilson Center

Internships with the Development Office

Open/Close Dates: 
Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2016

The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for Congress, the Administration and the broader policy community.

As a non-profit, the Wilson Center must secure funding to support its critical work. The development office is responsible for raising private funds from individuals, corporations and foundations which comprise the majority of the annual operating budget for the Wilson Center

Responsibilities: The development intern will work closely with the development team in the day-to-day activities of fundraising. Specific duties include researching funding prospects, including new corporations, individuals and foundations; data entry; organizational and planning assistance with meetings and donor fulfilment activities; and assisting the team with other office duties as assigned including developing donor-related communications and outreach.

Through this internship, our interns gain knowledge related to individual, corporate, and foundation philanthropy; event planning and support; donor and prospect research; and professional writing skills.


• Undergraduate juniors or seniors with an interest in international affairs and development. We are unable to accept candidates who are graduate students.

• Strong communication skills, both written and oral

• Highly organized with excellent attention to detail

• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively

• Previous experience with non-profits or in event planning is recommended

• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel

How to Apply

To apply for the internship, please send a cover letter indicating your availability (approximate number of hours per week available to work and approximate start and end dates), resume, a brief (no more than 3 pages) writing sample.

In the cover letter, please also discuss specifically why you are interested in an internship with the Wilson Center and highlight any relevant fundraising skills mentioned above. Send all materials to Ms. Rachael Moss (rachael.moss@wilsoncenter.org). Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis until all available positions are filled, so early application is encouraged. No phone calls please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadlines:

• Fall: July 24

• Spring: November 15

• Summer: March 15

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