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Interested in building leadership and capacity in African countries? Check out this internship




The Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity


The Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity are jointly seeking qualified applicants for two available communications internship positions in Washington, D.C. Interns will assist program staff in its outreach and communications strategies, social media development and web management.

Internship Description

Interns will be assigned to work with the Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity Staff in support of project activities for a maximum of 30 hours per week. Duties will include:


  • Managing new blog, Africa      Up Close, including uploading new posts, adding hyperlinks, liaising      with contributors and internal web team, maintaining a post schedule, and      troubleshooting issues when necessary;
  • staying on top of trending topics related to Africa and      authoring short posts on blog;
  • taking lead on social media promotion and announcements for      events and publications, including the program websites, Facebook and      Twitter;
  • proofreading and editing written work;
  • assisting in managing and updating program database;
  • occasionally helping with office reception duties, including      telephone, greeting visitors, and mail sorting and distribution; and
  • preparing Leadership Project materials and publications.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Interns should have an interest in Africa      and African-related issues, preferably with a secondary interest in      peacebuilding and statebuilding. Interns should also have some academic or      experiential background related to this topic.
  • He/she should have computer skills on a      variety of software platforms, including WordPress, HTML basic coding,      Adobe Suite, Microsoft Suite, and experience with social media outlets      like Facebook and Twitter.
  •  French language oral and written      fluency is desirable.
  • Good research skills and an enthusiastic,      responsible approach to unsupervised work are strong assets.
  •  MA candidates encouraged to apply;      however, applicants who have just completed a BA or are in their senior      undergraduate year may also be considered.

Internship Dates

This internship will take place from September 1, 2013 through December 15, 2013. Internship applications will be accepted until August 20th. The internship is unpaid. The Woodrow Wilson Center is located in downtown Washington, D.C., in the Ronald Reagan Building/International Trade Center (Federal Triangle Metro stop).

Application Procedure

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to, with attention to Alyson Lyons, Program Associate, Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity.

Or by fax: (202) 691-4001
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. An individual selected for this position will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability prior to being appointed. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

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