Internships (Program) with the Africa Program
Description of the Wilson Center
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.
Description of the Africa Program
The Wilson Center Africa Program enhances the understanding of critical African policy issues within the United States in order to build stronger, more mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations. The Africa Program centers its work on four programmatic pillars:
- Governance and leadership
- Conflict prevention and peace-building
- Trade and investment
- Africa’s strategic relations in the world
Underlying these pillars is a cross-cutting focus on the roles of women, youth, and technology in Africa’s changing political and economic landscape.
Programmatic Internship Description
Interns 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:
- Assisting with the organization and implementation of Africa Program events
- Assisting staff in managing and updating the Africa Program’s database and website
- Writing event summaries to be posted on the Africa Program website
- Researching current regional and functional issues
- Compiling, filing and mailing information
- Assisting with the preparation of publications
- Translating key documents from French to English and English to French
- Attending and reporting on Africa-related events in and around Washington
- Other administrative assignments in support of Center activities
Additional specialized projects may be assigned, depending on the intern’s demonstrated interests and experience.
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.
This internship is paid.
The program is seeking current graduate students or recent college graduates who 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. Applicants with a background in Africa, conflict resolution, international development, international relations, journalism, social media, outreach & communications, event planning, and program administration will be considered. Fluency in French is preferred. Good research skills and an enthusiastic and responsible approach to unsupervised work are strong assets. Excellent writing skills are essential.
Please Note: 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. 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 Center is NOT able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa. then you have to go through a university or an outside organization (internship placement agency) that will sponsor your visa. You MUST have the appropriate visa to apply for this internship.
The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.
Applicants should send a résumé and cover letter to Elizabeth Ramey, Program Associate, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax: (202) 691-4001. In your cover letter and email, please specify your interest in the Program Internship with the Africa Program and the term for which you are applying. Save your files as pdfs with the file names "LastName Programmatic Internship Cover Letter" and "LastName Programmatic Internship Resume." Applications not sent in this format will not be considered.
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