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Deadline: November 30, 2015
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 very strong academic qualifications (gpa generally 3.80 or higher) and interests that match those of the Carnegie Endowment. Interesting related life experience is important, whether work, research, internships or service which reflect both diligence and a commitment to the area of focus.
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 and the topics change each year. Applicants choose one of the topics corresponding to the area within Carnegie where they seek to work.
Download Application Materials Here (These are 2016 materials for applicants applying through Penn in Fall 2015 to serve as a Carnegie Fellow in 2016-2017. (Updated 13 October 2015)
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. Applicants should submit their unofficial Penn transcript and official copies of non-Penn transcripts from programs where grades are not listed on your Penn transcript by the November 30, 2015, Penn deadline. If you are selected for endorsement by the University of Pennsylvania, CURF will provide an official Penn transcript to be submitted to Carnegie.
As soon as candidates have arranged for letters of recommendation, they should fill out the Recommendation Request Form for each recommender, and for each program to which they are applying.
Candidates should create a single pdf of the required application materials in the order listed above and complete and submit the application form at https://secure.www.upenn.edu/curf/form/fellowships-internal-application
All applicants must submit these materials in a single file in .pdf format. No other format will be accepted. To create a copy of your Penn transcript, go to Penn InTouch and print your transcript to pdf. (If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, download the free installer to obtain the free version of Adobe or use a Penn computer that has Adobe Acrobat installed.) “Print” and save each document as a pdf, then create a single pdf file as indicated above by navigating to Acrobat’s “File -> Create -> Combine Files into a Single PDF” feature.
Applications, including all supporting materials — transcripts and letters of recommendation — are due through the CURF web form no later than November 30. A CURF committee will narrow the applicant pool to select up to 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.
Dr. Wallace Genser
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
Please call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment