What is a fellowship?
are usually short-term opportunities (a few months to a couple years)
offered to students, recent graduates, and young professionals and
accompanied by a living stipend. Fellowships offer a significant amount
of experience and professional development in a short amount of time, so
they are excellent pathways to future career opportunities. Fellowship
activities vary, but can include teaching, research, and project
development/implementation. The fellowships below may be of particular
interest to students in international studies.
APSA Minority Fellows Program
APSA Minority Fellows program provides financial support to minority
(or underrepresented) students applying to enter a doctoral program in
sponsors fellows who want to pursue an innovative solution or approach
to a social problem in the areas of civic engagement, economic
development, environment, health, human rights, and education.
Asmus Policy Entrepreneurs Fellowship
Amus fellowships supports emerging leaders who have a clearly
articulated policy project that will address an important foreign or
economic policy issue and will advance transatlantic cooperation.
Applicants must be American or European citizens under the age of 40.
Boren Fellowships and Scholarships
Scholarships and Fellowships provide money to undergraduate and
graduate students interested in studying langauges and areas that are
critical to US interests. Languages include Arabic, Chinese, Korean,
Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili, among others.
Echoing Green Fellowship
Greens two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in
seed funding to a diverse group of promising social entrepreneurs. From
thousands of applicants, typically fewer than one percent are ultimately
selected. Those selected receive funding to help launch new
organizations; leadership development opportunities; and one-to-one
Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program
Fellows gain experience fighting hunger in this 12 month
program through their field placesments with community-based
organizations across the country and in Washington DC with national
policy organizations. Living stipend and health insurance provided.
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree.
The Fulbright Program
Fulbright Program provides grants to implement projects, study, and
teach in over 155 countries. The Fellowships open to recent graduates
include the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the Fulbright English
Teaching Assistantships (ETA) Program.
Global Health Corps
Health Corps provides a yearlong paid fellowship for young
professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the
fight for global health equity at existing health organizations and
government agencies. Fellows are currently working in Rwanda, Burundi,
Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and the United States.
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a national fellowship program
that provides recent college and grad school graduates with the
opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and
security. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior
staff members at the participating organization of their choice.
Human Rights Watch Finberg Fellowship
Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct
on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and
engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and
curtailing human rights violations. Applicants must be recent graduates
from a Masters program.
The Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship
ICWA fellowship program aims to nurture deep expertise in foreign
countries and cultures by supporting a Fellow who carries out a program
of self-designed, independent study abroad for a minimum of two years.
Leland International Hunger Fellows Program
Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program is a two-year
program that places 12-15 fellows with international development
organizations that include international and local NGOs, U.S. government
agencies and multilateral organizations. Fellows work on a variety of
food security issues, such as agricultural development, nutrition,
natural resource management, agribusiness development and womens
empowerment. Applicants must have completed a graduate-level degree.
Rotary Peace Fellowships
offers fellowships to recent graduates from a BA program to earn a
Masters degree at premier universities in fields related to peace and
conflict resolution and prevention. Programs last 15 - 24 months and
require a practical internship of 23 months during the academic break.
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide funding
to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to
enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service.
Undergraduate applicants must be current juniors. For the graduate
fellowship, students should apply when they are planning to enter a
master's program in the following fall.
What is an internship?
Internships are temporary positions designed to provide on-the-job
training. They may be unpaid or paid, full-time or part-time.
Internships are an important way for students to gain work experience
and can also be useful for recent graduates trying to get into a
particular field or improve their resumes. Below are some organizations
that often offer internship opportunities.
American Refugee Committee
is an international nonprofit that provides opportunities and expertise
to refugees, displaced people and host communities. We help people
survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health,
security and self-sufficiency.
Amnesty International Midwestern Office
International is an international organization of people fighting
injustice and promoting human rights. A variety of unpaid internships
are available out of the Chicago office. Intern projects include direct
grassroots activism and organizing, research, graphic design, social
media and blogging, journalism/newsletter production, event coordination
and planning, database upkeep, and human rights violation inquiry
Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations Internship Program offers outstanding
(unpaid) volunteer opportunities for college students, graduate
students, and graduates focusing on international relations and who are
pursuing a career in foreign policy or a related field.
Allies is a national organization (with a Chicago office) dedicated to
advancing new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic
participation. Applicants to the program go through a rigorous
application process and, if selected, are placed with a local nonprofit
organization and participate in a full-time, paid apprenticeship for 10
is an alliance organization in Washington, D.C. of U.S.-based
international organizations. Our members, more than 180 nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs), work around the world. Internships are unpaid and
require a minimum 20 hours per week
In These Times
These Times is an independent, non-profit newsmagazine and website
based in Chicago. Interns participate fully in the editorial process and
gain insight into every step of the production of an award-winning
monthly magazine and website. Former In These Times interns have gone on
to write for or work at The Nation, The Huffington Post, The American
Prospect, Truthout, Buzzfeed, Salon, Yahoo! News and many other
serves refugees who are brought to the United States through the U.S.
State Department and sent to Chicago for resettlement. Unpaid
internships and volunteer opportunities are available in tutoring,
mentoring, job readiness, and case management.
Witness for Peace
for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots
organization of people committed to supporting peace, justice and
sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and
corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin
America and the Caribbean.
Womens Global Education Project
Global Education Project is a Chicago-based non-profit working with
girls education and community initiatives in rural Kenya and Senegal
towards sustainable development. WGEP offers unpaid internship
opportunities to undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students in
the Chicago area who want to learn more about nonprofit management, the
issues of global poverty and girls education, and the Chicago global
relief engages churches to leverage their energy and resources in
service to the most vulnerable people around the world. US-based
(including in the Chicago office) and international unpaid internships
are available in many areas of relief and development work.
Exploring career and education opportunities after
finishing your degree at DePaul can be both exciting and daunting.
Whether you want to work abroad, stay in Chicago, or go on to a MA or
PhD program, the International Studies Department is here to help!
Below you will find a few search engines and other resources that can
help you get an idea of what careers are available. In the tabs at the
top of this page, you can find listings of fellowships and internships
that may be of particular interest to students in International Studies.
Career Centers and Search Tools
specializes in the non-profit sector and careers that have a positive
societal impact. You can search job and internship listings, and sign up
for Email Alerts to receive a daily digest of new opportunities that
match your criteria.
Global provides country-specific career and employment information.
Search for jobs and internships in more than 30 countries and over 50
USA metropolitan areas. View country career guides, get news on H-1B
Visa employers and more. Campus Connection login and password required.
University of California at Berkeley Career Center
Berkeley's Career Center is one of the most comprehensive collections
of information on jobs, internships, fellowships and career
information. It is not specifically geared toward international
relations or international affairs, but they have a large "Career
Exploration" section that includes a wide variety of job and volunteer
DePaul's Career Center
DePaul's career center offers workshops and one-on-one asssitance with resumes and job or internship searches.
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