Internship: The Albert Schmidt Russian History Research Assistant – Russian Language Specialist (Wilson Center)

Deadline for Application: November 6, 2016

The Albert Schmidt Russian History Research Assistant (Russian Language Specialist)
Russian language skills required for a project to describe newly declassified Soviet documents

Call Number: WC-CWIHP-SP2017-I-13

The Cold War International History Project seeks an intern candidate for spring semester 2017 with strong Russian language skills to participate in a project to describe newly declassified Soviet documents and assist with uploading them to CWIHP’s Digital Archive. The selected intern will work closely with primary sources from Soviet archival collections covering the early Cold War era. The selected candidate will work with Wilson Center staff to describe, catalog, and translate these archival records for publication online.

A stipend of $150 per semester is available to qualified applicants.

This internship is named for Dr. Albert Schmidt, a long-time supporter of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, Cold War International History Project (CWIHP), and Washington History Seminar events.

Schmidt retired to Washington, D.C. after a long career in undergraduate and law school teaching and university administration.  An emeritus professor of University of Bridgeport and Quinnipiac University’s School of Law, Schmidt is a visiting scholar at George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES).  His academic background includes an AB from DePauw University, a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania, and study at the University of London, Indiana University’s Russian and East European Institute (REEI), Moscow State University, and NYU Law School. His publications include many works on Russian architectural history and town planning, Soviet law, and English legal history.  Among the most notable are his edition of Giles Fletcher’s Of the Rus Commonwealth (1966), The Architecture and Planning of Classical Moscow (1989), Perestroika and Soviet Law (1990), and numerous articles in English legal history. Most recently he has completed a study titled “Urbanism at Play in Provincial Russia: Planning and Shaping Catherine the Great’s Imperial Space.”


Successful applications will:

  • Demonstrate ability to read and write Russian with near-native proficiency. Non-native speakers should include evidence of coursework, language instruction, and subject area proficiency with their application;
  • Demonstrate interest and knowledge of  Cold War history, Soviet foreign relations, and/or the Stalinist period of Soviet history.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, writing, and research skills.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program (undergraduate or graduate), have graduated within the past year, or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program in history, political science, library science, or related field within the next year.
  • Interns are expected to work between 14 and 35 hours per week.
  • The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.
  • This internship opportunity is open to all U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and qualified international students.
  • International students must hold an F-1 or J-1 visa at the time of application and appropriate work authorization.
  • This internship is unpaid, though we do offer interns the opportunity to earn academic credit in accordance with their programs’ requirements.


Applications are due by November 6th, 2016. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application form by email to The cover letter may be addressed to:

Laura Deal
Cold War International History Project
Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027
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