International Affairs Fellowship

The Council of American Ambassadors (CAA) International Affairs Fellowship program enables six undergraduate students per year to come to Washington, D.C. and participate in a prestigious summer program that combines mentoring by former U.S. ambassadors and academic studies in international affairs, augmenting the practical experience of the State Department internships. The potent combination of mentoring, practical training and academic study inspires and prepares the Fellows to assume the responsibility of helping the United States strengthen our alliances and promote democracy, peace, human rights and prosperity in our relations with other countries around the world.

State Department Internship:

To qualify, students first must be selected for a D.C.-based summer internship at the Department of State. Please note that the State Department's application deadline is October 23 of the year prior to the summer internship. Please follow this link for more information:

Once they have gained acceptance to the Department of State's program, students, who are rising senior undergraduates, then may apply for the CAA Fellowship.

CAA Fellows:

In addition to the State Department internship, CAA Fellows, known as the Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg Fellows, receive valuable advice and guidance from former U.S. ambassadors, who are members of the CAA and who serve as mentors, meeting with the Fellows on a regular basis during their stay in Washington, D.C. to discuss international affairs issues and careers. 

The program also enables Fellows to participate in the Institute on Economics and International Affairs (IEIA), sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, pursuing up to two academic courses for a maximum of six credit hours from George Mason University. Fellows are housed in Potomac House at George Washington University during the official dates of the IEIA program (June 6-July 31) and and participate in weekly guest lectures with leaders in public policy and international affairs. The rules of your university/college determine transferability of these credits. Please follow this link for more information:

CAA Fellowship Program Eligibility:

To be eligible for the CAA Fellowship program, the applicant must be extremely motivated and must have: 

1. Expressed a strong interest in a career in the field of international affairs. 
2. Completed his/her junior year of undergraduate study and be enrolled as a senior undergraduate in the semester immediately following the summer State Department internship. 
3. Demonstrated a high level of excellence in academics and leadership in extra-curricular activities. 
4. Achieved competency in at least one foreign language. 
5. Undertaken study and/or travel abroad.