The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers up to ten one-year internships. Carnegie Junior fellows assist with research and editing for Carnegie senior associates in areas including nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, democracy, economic reform, immigration, and regional studies. Junior fellows are paid a monthly salary and receive health insurance.
Eligibility and Qualifications
Graduating seniors and graduated students who are not enrolled elsewhere are eligible. Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens; they must, however, be eligible to work in the United States.
Applicants must have strong academic qualifications and interests that match those of the Carnegie Endowment. Interesting related life experience is helpful, whether work, research, internships or service which reflect both diligence and a commitment to world service.
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
The center of the Carnegie Junior Fellows application is the essay. An essay written specifically for the competition will most likely be more successful than a previously written academic paper tweaked to fit. It needs to be “an original piece or thought.” Essays are no more than three pages. The topics change each year. Applicants can choose from among five topics.
The cover letter is also an important selection document, not a pro-forma statement. It should be a thoughtful exploration of the applicant’s purpose in applying as well as highlighting the applicant’s qualifications.
In addition, an applicant must provide a resume, two letters of recommendation (strongly recommended that at least one be from a member of the faculty in the applicant’s major field), and official transcripts.
This year’s application forms and essay questions are available here. The essay questions change every year. Applications, including all supporting materials — transcripts and letters of recommendation — are due to CURF January 2. A CURF committee will narrow the applicant pool to select two Penn nominees by January 15. The Carnegie Endowment will invite a selected number of finalists for an interview and select the winners in mid-April. Junior Fellows begin their fellowship year on August 1st.
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