The Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for
Scholars is currently seeking research interns for Summer 2012 and Fall 2012/Spring 2013. STIP analyzes the evolving
implications of such emerging technologies as synthetic biology, crisis informatics, nanotechnology, and geoengineering.
STIP’s research also explores prediction markets and serious games. The program provides critical yet nonpartisan research for
the policymaking community and guides officials in the design of new governance frameworks. It gauges crucial public support
for science and weighs the overall risks and benefits of technology for society at large.
Project Areas: Rapidly evolving information and communications technologies (ICT), like social media and mobile phones, as
well as new methodologies such as crowdsourcing, have placed the extraordinary power of mass collaboration into the hands of
individuals, governments, and businesses. The Commons Lab (http://stipcommunia.wordpress.com/about) advances research
and policy analysis on these new technologies, which are giving people the tools to mobilize “digital volunteers” to support
humanitarian aid and disaster response (crisis informatics), collect actionable scientific data (citizen-based science), innovate,
and enhance citizen engagement in public decision-making and governance. Interns will work closely with a small,
interdisciplinary team on this initiative.
. Applicant(s) should be enrolled as a graduate student (preferred),senior undergraduate, or law student (or have
graduated within the last year) with a background or interest in science and technology policy, as well as humanitarian
aid, disaster management and/or citizen-based science.
. Applicants should have strong research and organizational skills, be creative, and be able to work independently and as
part of a team in a fast-paced environment. Responsibilities include: conducting qualitative research and policy
analysis, writing/editing, compiling a crosscut federal R&D budget for crisis informatics, planning events and
workshops, writing blog posts and using social media tools, locating inter-library loan materials, compiling
bibliographies, and performing administrative tasks and other duties.
. Solid writing, research, and computer skills are a must.
. The summer internship is expected to last for at least three months, with the possibility of extension, from 12 to 35
hours per week with flexible scheduling. Compensation may be available.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Lea Shanley (Lea.Shanley@wilsoncenter.org) with
INTERN in the subject line. Applications for Summer 2012 will be accepted through May 10. Applications for Fall
2012/ Spring 2013 will accepted through July 15. For more information contact Joe Filvarof at
The Wilson Center 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 and fostering research, study,
discussion, and collaboration among a full spectrum of individuals concerned with policy
and scholarship in national and world affairs.
These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity
for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with
public policy. Interns will gain valuable experience in a variety of projects such as
conference organization, library and Internet research, assistance with the preparation of
publications, and administrative assignments in support of Center activities. Internships
also provide opportunities to attend events within the Wilson Center and around
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 a paid
internship will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability prior to
The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity
employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing samples to Lea Shanley (Lea.Shanley@wilsoncenter.org) with INTERN in the subject line.
Applications for Summer 2012 will be accepted through May 10, 2012.
Applications for Fall 2012/ Spring 2013 will accepted through July 15, 2012.
For more information contact Joe Filvarof at email@example.com
Deadline: Thursday, May 10, 2012
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