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Spring 2017 Research Assistant Internship

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Company/Organization: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Spring 2017 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 2017 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 24, 2016. We will start matching scholars and interns, but will still accept intern applications after this date. Internship positions are open until filled so applying early is strongly encouraged.

Ariel I. Ahram, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs.“Territory, Sovereignty, and the New Map of the Arab World.”

Joseph Cassidy, Former Director for Policy, Regional, and Functional Organizations, International Organizations Bureau, U.S. Department of State. “Revisiting International Refugee Law.” (French)

Alon Confino, Professor of History, University of Virginia and Ben-Gurion University, Israel. “Imagining Palestine, 1948: Jews and Palestinians between Local Experience and Global History.” (Arabic)

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. “Trafficking in Persons, Irregular Immigration and Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and Mexico.” (Spanish)

Stephen Crowley, Professor of Politics, Oberlin College. “The Other Russia: Labor Politics and the Putin Regime in Challenging Economic Times.”

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

Haleh Esfandiari, Former Director, Middle East Program. Working on a book project about women in Qajar, Iran during the nineteenth century. (Persian)

Sherri Goodman, Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security). “Resilience & Global Security for the 21st Century.”

Robert Hathaway. Former Director, Asia Program. “Power and Leverage in the US-Pakistan Relationship.”

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

Jytte Klausen, Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation, Brandeis University. “Democracy is Forbidden! The Western Roots of the Jihadist Movement.” (French or German)

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.”

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)

William B. Milam, Former Senior US Diplomat and US Ambassador in both West Africa and South Asia. “Post-Musharraf Pakistan and Back to Square One in Bangladesh.”

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.”

Christopher Sellers, Professor of History, Stony Brook University. “Toxic Crossings: Hazardous Trades and the Risk Revolution in the U.S. and Mexico.” (Spanish)

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.”

Zach Vertin, Former U.S. Diplomat and Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group. “South Sudan: Blood, Brinkmanship, and the Troubled Birth of the Worlds Newest State.”

Andrew Wedeman, Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University. “Corruption, Unrest, and Repression: Implications for China’s Rise and Sino-American Strategic Relations.” (Mandarin Chinese)

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)

Amberin Zaman, Columnist for the independent Turkish online news portal Diken as well as for Al Monitor, a Washington DC based online news outlet covering the Middle East; Turkey Correspondent, The Economist (1999-2015). “Leveraging Iraqi Kurdish Statehood: How Kurdish Independence Can Promote Democracy and Reduce Conflict in the Middle East.” (Kurdish or Arabic)

Igor Zevelev, Former Director, MacArthur Foundation, Moscow Office. “Russia Before and After the Annexation of Crimea: National Identity and Foreign Policy Change.” (Russian)


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 hours/week


3-4 months

End Date:

10/25/16, 10/25/16,

research  think  tank  public  policy  internship 
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