The Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) focuses on bringing foresight to the frontier, exploring emerging technologies through vital conversations that are not just for scientists. Internships with STIP are designed to provide the opportunity for practical experience in science and technology in an environment that successfully combines scholarship with public policy. Interns will gain valuable experience in various projects including publication research and preparation, academic research, and administrative assignments in support of both STIP and Wilson Center activities. We recommend exploring our website first to determine if your research interests align with current STIP programming.
We offer two types of internships: graduate-level research and undergraduate-level research internships. Unless otherwise stated, internships are unpaid and require a minimum 20 hour per week commitment.
The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of interns.
Graduate Research Internship
For graduate students, law students, or those accepted to a graduate-level program, we offer a project-based research internship. Successful applicants should have strong research and administrative skills; be detail-oriented, able to work independently, and able to work collaboratively. It is recommended that before applying to this internship the applicants review current projects being promoted on the STIP website for goodness of fit with the applicant’s own research trajectory.
Assignments may include:
- Conducting independent research on science and technology innovation issues relevant to STIP initiatives
- Co-authoring a journal article or Wilson Center policy brief
- Developing grant proposals
- Developing prototypes
- Writing articles and blog posts for the STIP website, in conjunction with specific projects as described above.
Undergraduate Research Internship
Open to undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students, unpaid, educational internship opportunities are available year-round. We do not limit by specific majors, but instead look for students who are interested in engaging with issues around STEM from a multitude of perspectives, including the applications to science, policy, and the public. A successful applicant will have a demonstrated interested in science and technology issues areas and project management skills.
Assignments may include:
- Drafting posts for our blog, CTRL Forward
- Supporting staff with social media outreach
- Assisting staff with preparation for events
- Providing ancillary research for publications
- Performing administrative assignments in support of STIP activities
- Other duties as assigned
For more information and to apply, click here.