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Company/Organization: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Spring 2016 Research Assistant Internship Openings

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 Spring 2016 semester. An intern typically works 12-15 hours a week per scholar. (The number of hours can be adjusted accordingly to fulfill academic requirements).
The priority deadline to apply is October 18, 2015. We will start matching scholars and interns, but will accept intern applications after this date. Internship positions are open until filled so applying early is strongly recommended.

Margarita Balmaceda, Professor, Seton Hall University. “Chains of Value, Chains of Power: Russian Energy, Value Chains and the Remaking of Social Relations from Vladivostok to Brussels.” (Russian, Polish, or Ukrainian)

Thomas Berger, Associate Professor, Boston University. “A Sea of Troubles: US Grand Strategy in East Asia and Japans Disputes over History and Territory.” (Japanese)

Zdenek David, Former Librarian, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC. . “The Philosophical and Religious Background of T.G. Masaryk’s Politics.” (German or Czech)

Michelle Egan, Associate Professor, American University. “TTIP as Transatlantic Pivot: Strategic and Domestic sources of Legitimacy, Credibility, and Compliance.”

Renaud Egreteau, Visiting Fellow, Institute of South East Asian Studies of Singapore. “Legislatures and Political Change: The Case of Myanmar (Burma) A Study in the Resurgence of Parliament and its Role in Democratization in a Post-junta Era (2010-2015).”

Igor Fedyukin, Director, Center for History Sources, Higher School of Economics. “Technocrats and the Vertical of Power: Reforming Education and science in Russia in 2000-2014.” (Chinese)

Nancy Gertner, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Law School. “Judging in a Complex World.”

Robert Hathaway. Former Director, Asia Program. “Leverage: Turning Power into Clout.”

Farhat Haq, Professor, Monmouth College. “Sacralizing the State: Islam and Democracy in Pakistan.” (Urdu)

James Hollifield, Professor of Political Science and Director of Tower Center of Political Studies, Southern Methodist University. “The Political Economy of International Migration.” (any European language).

Jamie Horsley, Executive Director, Senior Research Scholar, China Law Center, Yale Law School. “Rule of Law and Open Governance Reforms in China: Implications for China, U.S.-China Relations and International Relations.” (Mandarin Chinese)

Kent Hughes, Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy. “Economic Statecraft in the 21st Century.”

Michael Kofman, Program Manager and Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research, Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), National Defense University. “Russian Foreign Policy: The New Normal in Russian-Western Relations.” (Russian)

William Krist, Former Senior Vice- President, American Electronics Association, Washington, DC. “Globalization and Americas Trade Agreements.”

Steve Lagerfeld, Former Editor, The Wilson Quarterly. “The Contrarian’s Art.”

Adrienne LeBas, Professor, American University. “The Organizational Roots of Electoral Violence in Africa.” (French)

Kristie Macrakis, Professor, Georgia Tech/School of History. “Technology and the Rise of the U. S. Global Security State: How Can History Inform Policy?”

Abdelfattah Mady, Associate Professor, Alexandria University. “Strategies of Civilian Control of the Armed Forces: A Comparative Study.”

Hy Matz, Analyst, US Government. “Regional Spillover Patterns in the Modern Middle East.” (Arabic)

Richard McGregor, Former Beijing and Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times. “Three Tigers, One Mountain: China, Japan and America in the Asian Century.” (Mandarin Chinese or Japanese)

Dinny McMahon, Banking & Finance Correspondent, Beijing, The Wall Street Journal. “Cracks in the Facade – the Mounting Risk and Complexity of Chinas Financial System.” (Mandarin Chinese)

Narushige Michishita, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. “A Comparison of Confrontations in Asia During the Cold War and at the Present Time.” (Russian)

Daniel Neep, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University. “Transformations of Space and State: The Making of Modern Syria.” (Arabic or French)

Diana Negroponte, Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution. “Reviewing the History of the End of the Cold War.” (German or Russian)

David Ottaway, Former Washington Post Correspondent. “A Reporter’s Rediscovery of Stories Covered and Countries Lived in Over a 35 Year Career at the Washington Post.” (Arabic)

Marina Ottaway, Carnegie Foundation. “Arab Countries in Transition.” (Arabic or French)

Marvin Ott, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University. “Malaysian Foreign and Security Policy” and “Issues in Southeast Asian Security.”

Viridiana Rios, Senior Security Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Mexico. “Economic Policy for Crime Deterrence in Mexico.” (Spanish)

Elisabeth Röhrlich, Researcher and Lecturer, University of Vienna. “Global Nuclear Governance: Perspectives from the pre-NPT History of the IAEA.”

Fatima Sadiqi, Senior Professor of Linguistics & Gender Studies, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco. “Jihadism and the Escalation of Violence Against Women and Girls. Towards a Formulation of Policies Combating Gender-based Violence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region.”

John W. Sewell, Former President of the Overseas Development Council (ODC). Working on a policy paper, “Development Without Aid.”

Philippa Strum, Former Director, Division of United States Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC. “Why Americans Get to Talk so Much: Speech Jurisprudence in the United States.”

Elizabeth Thompson, Professor of History, University of Virginia. “After Lawrence: Woodrow Wilson and the Broken Promise of Arab Liberalism after World War I.” (Arabic, German, or French)

Samuel Wells, Former Associate Director, Woodrow Wilson Center; Former Director, West European Studies Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. “The Worst Case: Korea and U.S. Escalation of the Cold War.” (Russian, Mandarin Chinese, or Korean)

Robin Wright, Former Washington Post Journalist. The Middle East at a Crossroads—from North Africa to the Persian Gulf.” (Persian or Arabic)

Yue Zhang, Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago. “Informal Urbanization: The Making and Governance of Megacities in China, India, and Brazil.” (Portuguese or Chinese)


Applicants must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution. Furthermore, applicants must be current students, recent graduates (within one calendar year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program (within the next year). Non-degree seeking students are ineligible. Most interns are at least seniors in the undergraduate level, though strongly qualified juniors (at the time of application) will be considered. Graduate students are also eligible to apply.

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 especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. 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 Wilson 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 exchange program or an outside organization (internship placement agency) that will sponsor your visa.

Typical research assistants are students of political science; U.S. government/politics; international relations; history (including US history); foreign languages; international affairs; regional studies; economics; public policy; security studies; journalism and similar disciplines, though students of many other fields of study have sometimes been selected. New scholars are constantly arriving at the Wilson Center, and it can be difficult to predict what specific projects will be carried out in the future. For that reason, all interested students are encouraged to apply.

Paid Internship Info:



12-35 hrs/wk


3-4 months

End Date:


October 18, 2015
research  think  tank  public  policy  internship 
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