Fall 2018 Research Assistant
An intern typically works 12-15 hours a week per scholar. (The number of hours can be adjusted accordingly to fulfill academic requirements).
The deadline to apply is July 16, 2018. Internship positions are open until filled so applying early is strongly encouraged.
Lawrence (Larry) K. Altman, Medical Writer and ‘The Doctor’s World’ Columnist, New York Times. “Reporting on the Health of Presidents and other Political Leaders.”
Lindsay Benstead, Associate Professor of Political Science and Interim Director of Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University. “Gender, Governance, and Public Policy: Promoting Women’s Leadership in the Arab World and Beyond.” (Arabic)
Felix Boecking, Senior Lecturer (UK), Associate Professor (US) in Modern Chinese Economic and Political History, University of Edinburgh. “Economics on the Edge: an Intellectual History of Economics and Economists in the PRC since 1949.” (Mandarin Chinese [priority], or Russian)
Todd Buchwald, former Ambassador, U.S. Department of State. “Accountability for Perpetrators of Atrocities – Re-thinking and Re-casting the Underlying Principles.” (French, Spanish, or German)
Dalton Conley, Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology, Princeton University. “The Social Implications of the Polygenic Revolution.”
Benjamin Creutzfeldt, Resident Postdoctoral Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University. “Foreign Policy and Public Goods: Latin America between China and the United States.” (Mandarin Chinese [priority], Spanish, or Portuguese)
Zdenek David, Former Librarian, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. “Thomas Masaryk, a Scholar and a Statesman: Philosophical Background of His Political Views.” (German or Czech)
Michael Davis, Professor of Law and International Affairs, Jindal Global University, Delhi, India. “Reversing the Liberal Retreat and Establishing Constitutionalism in Emerging Democracies in Asia.” (Any Asian language would be helpful, but is not required).
Haleh Esfandiari, Former Director, Middle East Program. Working on a book project about women in Qajar, Iran during the nineteenth century. (Persian)
Ruslan Garipov, Associate Professor of International Law, Kazan Federal University, Russia. “Planning for Sustainable Development in the Arctic: Conflict between Extractive Industries and Indigenous Communities.” (Norwegian, Russian, or Danish)
Kent Hughes, Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center. “Economic Statecraft in the 21st Century.”
Marvin Junge, Associate Professor of Anthropology, State University of New York-New Paltz. “Precarious Mobilities: Brazil’s New Middle Class in Times of Growth and Crisis.” (Portuguese)
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)
Sarah Oates, Professor and Senior Scholar, University of Maryland. “Russian Propaganda Rewired: Analyzing Misinformation in the Digital Age.” (Russian)
David Ottaway, Former Washington Post Correspondent. “Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World” Working on a book on the fallout from the Arab Spring and the United States and the new Arab order.” (Arabic)
Marina Ottaway, Former Senior Research Associate and Head of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Working on the countries of the Arab Spring and Iraq. (Arabic or French)
Marvin Ott, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Former Professor of National Security Policy, National War College and Deputy Staff Director, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “Malaysian Foreign and Security Policy” and “Issues in Southeast Asian Security.”
Natalia Ruiz Morato, Independent Consultant and Researcher, Constitucionalismo Comparado Research Group, National University of Colombia. “Environmental Peacebuilding and the Goldmining Sector in Post-Conflict Colombia.” (Spanish)
Catherine Schuler, Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland – College Park. “Spectacular Affect: Mass Festivals & Symbolic Policies in Putin’s Russia.” (Russian)
Jonathan Shimshoni, Research Affiliate, MIT Security Studies Program. “Strategy for the 21st Century – The Social Dimension.” (Russian or Mandarin Chinese)
Brad Simpson, Professor of History and Asian Studies, University of Connecticut. “The First Right: Self-Determination and the Transformation of International Politics.” (Foreign language skills not necessary, but Spanish, Russian, French, Arabic, or Chinese would be helpful).
Katie Stallard, Asia Bureau Chief, Sky News. “Dancing on Bones: How Past Wars Shape the Present in China, Russia and North Korea.” (Russian or Korean)
Quito Swan, Professor of History, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. “Oceania Rising: Crisis, Change, and the South Pacific.”
Earl Anthony Wayne, Former Career Ambassador to Afghanistan, Argentina, and Mexico. “Deepening North American Economic Integration.” (Spanish)
Robin Wright, Former Washington Post Journalist. “The Middle East at a Crossroads—from North Africa to the Persian Gulf.” (Arabic or Persian)
Louise Young, Professor of Japanese History, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Rethinking Japanese Imperialism.” (Japanese)
Most interns are unpaid and doing an internship for academic credit. However, a modest metro 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.
The following reading and writing foreign language skills are useful and applicants should indicate their level of proficiency on the application form: Arabic, Czech, Danish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Portuguese, and Spanish
The WWICS Internship Application Form and detailed instructions can be found at:
The application materials consist of:
a completed WWICS 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 package to:
Ms. Krishna Aniel
Education Program Specialist
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
Fax: (202) 691-4001