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Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

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The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization in Washington, D.C., that conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. The Junior Fellows program at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Ten Fellows are appointed each year to work at the Endowment on a full-time basis for a period of one year. Applicants must either be graduating seniors or students who have completed their Bachelor's degree within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies.

Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Carnegie Associates working on the Endowment's projects. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings by scholars, activists, journalists, and government officials.

Applicants must be nominated by Boston College. Applications are accepted only from graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. Applicants should have completed a significant amount of coursework in international affairs, political science, economics, history, or sociology.

Junior Fellows receive a monthly salary. Benefits include medical, dental, and life insurance. Where relevant, at the beginning of the fellowship, round-trip airfare between the Junior Fellow's home and Washington, DC, will be reimbursed. Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Applications for the Carnegie Junior Fellows program include the following:

  • A two-page résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a faculty in the applicant's major department
  • An official transcript
  • An essay of no more than five typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the topics specified each year by the Carnegie Endowment. These topics are not necessarily indicative of the issues that Junior Fellows will research at the Carnegie Endowment, but they are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays should be thought pieces, not research papers.

Applications and information can be obtained from the Boston College Campus Coordinator for the Carnegie Junior Fellows program. Applications must be submitted to the Coordinator in late November to receive full consideration by the Boston College Carnegie Fellows Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will then select no more than two applicants to be nominated to the Carnegie Endowment for consideration. Applicants must apply through the Boston College Campus Coordinator; the Carnegie Junior Fellows program will not accept applications submitted independently by students.

To be competitive, interested students should contact the BC Campus Coordinator for the Carnegie Junior Fellows program during the Spring semester of their Junior year, to begin preparing their applications.

To get additional information about the Carnegie Junior Fellows program and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the Carnegie Endowment website.