Communications Internship with the Africa Program

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Mar 05

Position description

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Wilson Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open and informed dialogue. The Center commemorates the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson by providing a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy. The Wilson Center fosters research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a broad spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship in national and world affairs.

Africa Program Description

The Wilson Center Africa Program enhances the understanding of critical African policy issues within the United States in order to build stronger, more mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations. The Africa Program centers its work on four programmatic pillars:

• Good Governance and Leadership

• Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding, and Security

• Trade, Investment, and Sustainable Development

• Africa’s Evolving Role in the Global Arena

Underlying these pillars is a cross-cutting focus on the roles of women, youth, and technology in Africa’s changing political and economic landscape.

Communications Internship Description

The communications intern will work directly with the Africa Program Staff in support of project activities for a minimum of 20 hours per week. The work will be approximately 60% copy-editing, research, and communications support; 30% social media, design, and writing; 10% administrative. Duties will include

• Assisting the Communications Assistant with the program blog, Africa Up Close, including updating a post schedule, copyediting and formatting articles for posting, and selecting freely available photos for use.

• Conducting web and social media analytics using Google Analytics and built-in social media analytics and tracking and reporting media coverage in support of program reporting.

• Drafting posts for Africa Program social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook to promote Africa Program events, publications, and other content.

• Assisting with the copyediting and design of reports and briefs from Africa Program scholars and contributors for publication, using established InDesign templates.

• Drafting language for event invitations and publication announcements for the Africa Program mailing list and website and creating targeted mailing lists.

• Assisting with formatting, configuring, and proofing email campaigns to the Africa Program’s mailing list using Marketo.

• Supporting Africa Program events planning and background research, including drafting materials and completing background research for public events, private roundtable discussions, and conferences.

• Providing logistical support for the Program’s events, workshops, conferences, and meetings, including photographing and live-tweeting Africa Program events and updating Africa Program contact database with event attendees.

• Maintaining and updating the Program’s communications database.

• Updating the team on trending topics related to Africa and U.S.-Africa policy.

• Providing background research on interview topics in response to media requests, as necessary.

All interns at the Wilson Center are also encouraged to participate in our many panel discussions, conferences, and other meetings outside of their Africa Program responsibilities. A variety of events are regularly available in regional studies and functional issues like conflict resolution, women’s leadership, environmental issues, Congress, and governance. All interns also receive access to the Wilson Center’s substantial research resources.

Summer internships from May/June – August

Application Deadlines and Procedure

Applications are due no later than 11:59PM EST on March 30


•Background in Africa and Africa-related issues, and preferably some academic, professional, or experience related to this focus.

• Software skills including Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Adobe InDesign, Lightroom, and Illustrator), WordPress, Drupal, Google Analytics, basic HTML, mass email mailing lists, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

• Media production and graphic design skills a plus, including any experience with photography; photo, video, and audio editing; or graphic or page design.

• Attention to detail, initiative, good problem solving skills, and an enthusiastic, responsible approach to unsupervised work are necessary.

• Ability to multi-task and adapt to changing tasks and schedules is desirable.

• Experience with copyediting publications and written work is desirable.

• Excellent, error-free writing skills is a must.

• MA candidates encouraged to apply; however, applicants who have just completed a BA or are in their senior undergraduate year will also be considered.

Please Note: 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. 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 Center is NOT able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on an 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. You MUST have the appropriate visa to apply for this internship.

The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

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