Institute for Citizens & Scholars

From 1945 to 2020, we were known as the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation where we prepared new generations of American citizenry by opening doors to higher education, supporting visionary thinkers, scholars, and teachers, and creating the thoughtful space for innovation. In 2020, under new president Raj Vinnakota, we added civic learning and citizenship development to our mission. With this shift, and the nation’s racial reckoning, we decided to change our name. While Woodrow Wilson’s accomplishments as a university leader and U.S. President were historic, his racist policies and beliefs were fundamentally incompatible with our work.

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars (C&S) announced its new name and brand in November 2020. Our new name honors our Fellows’ accomplishments over the past 75 years and positions us for the future as a leader in preparing responsible citizens using a cross-sector and cross-partisan approach. We’re still on a mission to ensure that Americans—especially the next generation— gain a deep understanding of our history, culture, government, institutions, and current affairs. They vote, think critically, and seek information from a variety of sources. They have concern for the welfare of people of all backgrounds in their communities and across the nation. They debate and learn from each other, and work across difference to form a more perfect union. They learn deeply and apply what they learn in the civic square.

Our goal is that, within 15 years, a majority of Americans will be well-informed, productively engaged with others for the common good, and hopeful about the future of the country.

This goal requires that we will prioritize developing the skills, capacities, and knowledge that empower individuals to take responsibility for the future of our country. One of our areas of focus over the next three years, is our work directly with young people, in which we work inside and outside the classroom to build young people's (under the age of 24) knowledge of civics, critical thinking skills and use of voice, concern for the welfare of others, commitment to bridge-building, participation in civic affairs, and duty to their country.



Princeton, NJ

Internship Description

While the specific deliverables will be co-developed alongside the intern to ensure that there is alignment with their interests and skills, C&S intends for the intern to support the 2-3 person fundraising team.

Meaningful projects we envision they could help with include:

  • Helping to operationalize C&S's stewardship programs.
  • Helping with prospect research, particularly those with an interest in local politics that display cross-partisan tendencies.
  • Organizing our written content into a language library.
  • Organizing our digital file structures.

The intern's supervisor is committed to providing meaningful projects with tangible impact for the organization that also build the organization navigation skills that are key in early career roles after college graduation. The intern's supervisor has hosted interns at previous organizations and remains in touch with them as they've advanced in their careers.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible 8:30am 5:00pm No No Hybrid

Housing Information

We are conveniently located in Carnegie Center in Princeton.

Internship Qualifications

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Orientation toward systems thinking and problem solving.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Highly relationship orientated.

Additional Qualifications

  • Proactive and self-motivated.
  • Strong collaboration skills and the ability to function well in a team environment.
  • Flexible and able to adjust to changing priorities and operate effectively in a fluid and fast-paced environment.

Writing Sample Required?


Special Requirements

  • Background Check

Additional Information

We will likely have a hybrid work environment which means that 2 days a week will be required to be physically in the office; the other days can either be in the office or from a remote environment.