Internship: Cold War International History Project (CWIHP)

Spring Semester Application Deadline: November 6, 2016

Program Intern (Cold War History)

Call Number: WC-CWIHP-SP2017-I-14


The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center accepts internship applications throughout the year. The summer semester deadline in 15 March, the fall semester deadline is 31 July, and the spring semester deadline is 6 November.

The Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and seeks to accelerate the process of integrating new sources, materials and perspectives from the former “communist bloc” with the historiography of the Cold War which has been written over the past few decades largely by Western scholars reliant on Western archival sources. It also seeks to transcend barriers of language, geography, and regional specialization to create new links among scholars interested in Cold War history.

Interns at the Project will assist with research at archives and libraries, editing document manuscripts, publishing, translating, and disseminating CWIHP bulletins and working papers, coordinating scholarly conferences, and answering various information requests. Interns will also assist with digitizing, describing and uploading historical documents to the CWIHP Digital Archive. Interns at CWIHP are at the forefront of the debate and research over the historiography of the Cold War and will gain valuable knowledge from interaction with CWIHP staff, Woodrow Wilson Center Fellows as well as visiting scholars.

CWIHP’s internship appointments are generally consistent with academic semesters (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer / three to four months); although appointments are made throughout the year for periods of varying length. No internship will exceed one year in duration.


Successful applicants should have strong research and/or administrative skills; be extremely attentive to detail; be able to work independently and as part of group; be enrolled in a degree program, have graduated, and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program within the next year. Knowledge of a foreign language (especially Albanian, Bulgarian, Czech, German, Hungarian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, or Serbo-Croatian), is helpful.

This internship with the Cold War International History Project is unpaid, though we do offer interns the opportunity to earn academic credit in accordance with their programs’ requirements. As a general rule, our office is looking for individuals who can work between 14 and 35 hours/week.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa at the time of application and appropriate work authorization. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Visa Officer at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

Application Instructions

The summer semester deadline in 15 March, the fall semester deadline is 31 July, and the spring semester deadline is 6 November. Applications will not be considered if they are received after the current semester deadline.

To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and application form to the Cold War International History Project at by the application deadline. The cover letter may be addressed to:

Hiring Committee
Cold War International History Project
Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027
RE: WC-CWIHP-FA2016-I-10