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Wilson Center Africa PAID Program Internship: Call for Application

Africa Program: Stafford Capacity Building Internship Program

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey in 2024? The Stafford Capacity Building Internship Program, funded generously by Mr. Earl W. Stafford and the Wentworth Group since 2019, aims to cultivate the professional capacities of emerging Africanists and international public policy analysts. This unique opportunity invites a diverse pool of interns from colleges and universities across the United States to join the Africa Program, contributing to its mission and gaining exposure to careers in international public policy and research.

Internship Details:

  • Type: Internship
  • Semester: Spring 2024
  • Open: September 1, 2023 — December 10, 2023
  • Deadline: December 10, 2023

About the Internship: This internship offers a unique blend of remote and hybrid (in-person once a week) positions for applicants. Interns, whether local or remote, will collaborate for 20 hours per week with the Africa Program staff, gaining hands-on experience in various aspects of day-to-day operations and programming.

Internship Responsibilities:

  1. Administrative and Logistical Support:
    • Assist with event preparations and logistics.
    • Research and identify speakers for events.
    • Write event and meeting summaries.
    • Update and maintain contact databases.
  2. Research and Writing Support:
    • Conduct background research and produce memos on Africa-related topics.
    • Copyedit and proofread various documents.
  3. Social Media and Communications Support:
    • Draft posts for social media promotion.
    • Conduct web and social media analytics.
    • Assist with email campaigns and publications.
  4. Written Intern Deliverables:
    • Prepare a PowerPoint presentation on an Africa-related topic.
    • Attend three Africa-focused events.
    • Provide a one-page evaluation of the internship impact.
    • Produce a resume-ready section capturing internship experience.

Eligibility Requirements: Successful candidates should:

  • Have an academic background in Africa and Africa-related issues.
  • Possess strong administrative, organizational, and research skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent writing skills; copyediting and proofreading experience is a plus.
  • Exhibit teamwork, attention to detail, initiative, and good problem-solving skills.
  • Have the ability to multitask and adapt to changing tasks and schedules.

How to Apply: Applications should include a resume, cover letter, and completed application form. The cover letter should address what you hope to gain from the internship, what you bring to the Africa Program, and your goals during the internship. Send all materials via email to

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm (EST) on December 10, 2023.

Note: International students in the U.S. must have a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not sponsor visas for interns.

For more details, view and download the full internship description here.

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