The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is looking for qualified students (advanced undergraduate or graduate) interested in being part-time research assistant interns in the Fall 2021 semester. An intern typically works 12-15 hours a week per scholar (the number of hours can be adjusted accordingly to fulfill academic requirements).
In support of the scholars, scholar interns spend much of their time searching for information using online academic databases or other publications. Other duties also include proofreading, editing, critiquing, checking references, compiling bibliographies, writing literature reviews, summarizing research materials, locating inter-library loan materials, and helping with software or presentations. There may be some administrative tasks involved like copying or filing, but such tasks will be limited. Consequently, a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work with minimum supervision are strong assets. Foreign language skills are sometimes useful but are not required.
In addition, this program seeks to further the agency’s mission by providing the recipient with an introduction to the relationship between the world of learning and the world of public affairs. The recipients, as future scholars and/or leaders, will be afforded the opportunity to experience first-hand the importance of engaging academics and public servants toward a common purpose. It is hoped that these opportunities to work with distinguished scholars and practitioners will add a valuable practicum experience to one’s classroom training.
The priority deadline to apply is 5pm EST July 16th, 2021. However, internship positions are open until filled, so it is strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The following reading and writing foreign language skills are useful and applicants should indicate their level of proficiency on the application form:
Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Japanese
The Wilson Center Internship Application Form, a current list of scholars seeking assistance, and detailed instructions can be found at:
The application materials consist of:
-a completed Wilson Center Internship Application Form
-Cover Letter (indicating academic interests or areas of interest)
-Current Resume (indicating relevant coursework)
-3-to-5 page Writing Sample or excerpt of a recent research paper with separate Works Cited page
-2 Letters of Recommendation (do not have to be sealed by recommender); highlighting writing, research, and/or language skills would be helpful; *if you don’t have recommendation letters readily available, please include three references
-Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
Please submit your application materials in ONE COMPLETE PDF with file named as Last Name, First Name_RA Application, subject line RESEARCH ASSISTANT APPLICATION via email to email@example.com.
Applications that do not follow these instructions will not be considered.
-Most interns are unpaid and doing an internship for academic credit. Students should consult with academic faculty to determine if this unpaid experience will earn credit.
-Because of the large number of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
-Interviewed candidates will be contacted within approximately 4-6 weeks of the prescribed deadline. However, we may receive last minute intern requests from other scholars.