NOTE: Due to COVID-19 precautions, the State Department is not hosting students for in person internships and the 2020 CAA Fellowship Program was suspended. The International Affairs Fellowship program at the Council of American Ambassadors will return in 2022. The following are the most recent application guidelines.
The Council of American Ambassadors International Affairs Fellowship Program is highly competitive. Interested applicants are encouraged to review all eligibility, program and application requirements prior to submitting their CAA Fellowship Application.
To be eligible for the summer 2020 CAA Fellowship program, the applicant must be highly motivated and able to demonstrate the following:
- A strong commitment to pursuing a career in diplomacy and international affairs;
- Completion of his/her junior year of undergraduate study by May 2020 and enrollment as a senior undergraduate in the Fall 2020 semester with an expected graduation date of May/June 2021;
- A high level of excellence in academics and leadership in extra-curricular activities;
- Competency in at least one foreign language;
- Completion of one or more courses in international studies and/or study or travel abroad.
Students selected as Annenberg Fellows will be required to:
- Have their State Department interim security clearance no later than May 31, 2020.
- Pursue Economics in Transition (ECON 380) and U.S. Foreign Policy (GOVT 344), totaling six credit hours from George Mason University. The Economics in Transition class meets on Tuesday afternoons (4:30-7:00 p.m.) and Friday mornings (9:00-11:30 a.m.). The U.S. Foreign Policy class meets on Monday and Thursday evenings (6:00-8:30 p.m.). For more information about the academic courses, please click here academic courses
- Attend individual mentoring sessions and Fellowship events, which include an orientation and dinner, a group mentoring session and a graduation luncheon.
- Attend Tuesday evening lectures (7:30-8:30 p.m.), as well as one TFAS Site Briefing over the course of the summer. Usually held over the lunch hour, the site briefings offers unparalleled access to the Washington foreign policy community. (Note: Fellows and their State Department internship supervisors will work out a schedule to enable them to participate in the briefings and make up the time away from the office.)
- Reside in District House - Studio Doubles on the campus of George Washington University in downtown DC from June 6 - July 31, 2020.
To apply for the Council of American Ambassadors International Affairs Fellowship Program, each applicant must complete the following steps:
1. By 11:59 pm EST on March 23, 2020, complete the TFAS online application form and submit the required supporting documentation. To initiaite the application process, please visit:
The required supporting documents include:
- An essay of no more than 500 words on one of the following topics. 1. What should be the guiding principles that shape a nation's foreign policy and international relations and how should they be applied to current world affairs? 2. What do you consider to be the most critical threat to U.S. national security and how should the U.S. grand straegy address it?
- A personal statement of not more than 500 words on the following topic. Why do you wish to pursue a career in internatinoal affairs and why do you believe the CAA Fellowship can help you to achieve your career goals?
- One letter of recommendation fomr a supervisor, professor, dean or academic advisor.
- An official transcript.
2. Send an e-mail message to the Executive Director of the Council of American Ambassadors (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know that you are applying for the fellowship. Please include your e-mail address and your cell phone number.
THE MARCH 23 DEADLINE IS FIRM.
APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER 11:59 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME ON MARCH 23, 2020 WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.