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Company/Organization: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


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 2015 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 15, 2014. 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.

Michael Adler, Correspondent in Vienna for Agency France-Presse News Agency. “The Bazaar Meets the Hammer: Negotiations in the Iranian Nuclear Crisis.”

Audrey Altstadt, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “Why Unblooms the Hope: Failed Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan.”

Toyomi Asano, Professor of History, Chukyo University, Japan. “Strategic Use of Economic Cooperation and the Formation of the US-Japan Special Relationship: A Case of Postwar Japan’s Reparations and Foreign Aid to Asia.”

Andrew Bickford, Associate Professor of Anthropology, George Mason University. “Skin-In Solutions: Biotechnology, Psychopharmacology, and Armored Life in the United States Military.”

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

Michael David-Fox, Professor of History, Georgetown University. “Smolensk under Nazi and Soviet Rule.”

Charles Glaser, Professor of Political Science, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. “Analyzing U.S. National Security Policy toward China.”

Roya Hakakian, Freelance Writer and Journalist; Former Producer for CBS News and ABC News. “Jewish Life in Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Personal History.”

Jan Kalicki, Counselor for International Strategy, Chevron; Chairman, Eurasia Foundation. “Global and Regional Energy Security.”

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

Lilia Labidi, Visiting Research Professor of Anthropology, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. “Arab Women Scientists at Home and Abroad: Practice, Representation and Social Justice.”

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

William B. Milam, Former Senior US Diplomat and US Ambassador in both West Africa and South Asia. “Liberia: Back from Failure—Justice vs. Reconciliation.” Second research topic on “Post-Musharraf Pakistan; Back to Square One in Bangladesh.” (French)

Klaus Mühlhahn, Chair Professor of Chinese History and Culture, Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany. “The Making of Modern China: A Social History.”

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

Kazumi Noguchi, Associate Professor of Global-Local Studies at Kobe Women’s University. “Global Health as Human Security and Government-Philanthropy Collaboration: A Case Study of Public-Private Partnership in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).” (Japanese)

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.”

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.”

James Reston, Jr., Independent Writer, Chevy Chase, MD. “Martin Luther at the Wartburg.” (German)

Max Rodenbeck, Chief Middle East Correspondent, The Economist. “The Arab Exception.”

Robert Rotberg, Fulbright Research Professor of Political Science, Carleton University. “Curbing Corruption: Best Practices for Africa.”

Fouzia Saeed, Director, Mehergarh - A Center for Learning. “Pakistani Women Exercising Agency.”

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

Katrina Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Florida. “Gridlock in the Everglades: Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration and the Politics of the Anthropocene.”

Abdulkader Sinno, Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University. “Muslims in Western Parliaments.”

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.”

Kimberly Theidon, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University. “Speaking of Silences: Gender, Violence, and Reparations in Peru.” (Spanish)

Maxim Trudolyubov, Opinion Page Editor, Vedomosti Daily, Russia. “Free Media in Unfree Environments (The Halfway House: How Russias Incomplete Institutions Affect Media and How Media Affects Institutions).” (Russian)

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)

Paul Williams, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. “Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A Critical Analysis of the African Union Mission, 2007-2014.”

Elizabeth Wood, Professor of Russian and Soviet History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Power and Performance in Putin’s Russia.” (Russian)

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


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.

For international students, please see:



End Date:

October 31, 2015,

October 15, 2014
Additional Info:
Please Note:
-Most interns are unpaid and doing an internship for academic credit. However, a modest stipend may be available if the student is not receiving academic credit.
-Because of the large number of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please do not contact to confirm the receipt of your application. If you would like to confirm the receipt of your application, please mail it with a tracking number, delivery confirmation, or email read receipt.
-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.
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