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.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the summer 2017 CAA Fellowship program, the applicant must be highly motivated and must have:

  1. Been accepted as a Washington, DC-based State Department primary summer 2017 intern.
  2. Expressed a strong commitment to pursue a career in diplomacy and international affairs;
  3. Completed his/her junior year of undergraduate study by May 2017 and be enrolled as a senior undergraduate in the Fall 2017 semester with an expected graduation date of May/June 2018;
  4. Demonstrated a high level of excellence in academics and leadership in extra-curricular activities;
  5. Achieved competency in at least one foreign language, and
  6. Pursued one or more courses in international studies and/or undertaken study or travel abroad.

Program Requirements

Students selected as Annenberg Fellows will be required to:

  1. Have their State Department security clearance no later than May 31, 2017.
  2. Pursue International Economic Policy (ECON 385) and U.S. Foreign Policy (GOVT 344), totaling six credit hours from George Mason University. The International Economic Policy 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 evenings (7:30-9:45 p.m.) and Thursday afternoons (4:30-7:00 pm.) Please note: (a) Fellows who have already taken International Economic Policy at their home university instead may take another TFAS Economics course, such as "Economic Problems and Public Policies (ECON 309)" or the "Economics of Regulation (ECON 470)'; (b) Although most Fellows pursue U.S. Foreign Policy as their second course, with the permission of CAA and TFAS, Fellows instead may select one of the three-credit Internship Seminars ("Public Policy and International Affairs" or "Politics and the Press"), which are offered on Friday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please click here for more information about the academic courses.
  3. Attend individual mentoring sessions and Fellowship events, which include an orientation and dinner, a group mentoring session and a graduation luncheon, and participate in the Fellowship Alumni Association's professional seminar series consisting of two sessions designed to foster substantive dialogue between all Fellows and a diverse set of mid-career foreign affairs professionals.
  4. Attend Tuesday evening lectures (7:30-8:30 p.m.) as well as one Site Briefing over the course of the summer. Usually held over the lunch hour, the site briefing 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.)
  5. Reside in Potomac House on the campus of George Washington University in downtown DC from June 3-July 28, 2017.

Application Procedure

To apply for the Council of American Ambassadors International Affairs Fellowship Program, each applicant must complete ALL of the following steps:

  1. Read carefully the "How to Prepare an Effective CAA Fellowship Application," which provides helpful hints in preparing and submitting an effective Fellowship application.
  2. BY 11:59 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME ON MARCH 6, 2017, SEND A COVER NOTE OF NO MORE THAN ONE PARAGRAPH AND ATTACH AN ESSAY OF NO MORE THAN 500 WORDS TO THE COUNCIL OF AMERICAN AMBASSADORS (ATTENTION: FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE) via email (council@americanambassadors.org) or via fax (202.296.0926). The essay topic is, "Discuss the reasons why you wish to pursue a career in international affairs and why you believe the CAA Fellowship can help you to achieve your career goals." (Note: The essay submitted to the CAA will satisfy TFAS' Statement of Purpose" essay requirement.)
  3. BY 11:59 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME ON MARCH 6, 2017, COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM AND SUBMIT THE REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION TO TFAS. These documents include a second essay (known as the "Topical Essay") of no more than 750 words in which you identify the most important international/foreign policy issue facing the United States today. For further instruction and to initiate the application process, please visit: www.DCinternships.org/IEIA/CAA.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MARCH 6 DEADLINE IS FIRM. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER 11:59 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

How to Prepare an Effective CAA Fellowship Application

The Council of American Ambassadors’ Fellowship program is targeted to undergraduates who have completed their junior year of university studies and are entering their senior year. Please ensure that your application conforms to the Program’s eligibility criteria.

Application for the CAA Fellowship requires completion of the online application of our partner, The Fund for American Studies (www.dcinternships.org/icpes/caaf/index.asp), in addition to the following:

  • Two (2) distinct essays are required to support your CAA Fellowship application:
    • The first essay, which should be no more than 500 words in length, should discuss the reasons why you wish to pursue a career in international affairs and why you believe that the CAA Fellowship can help you to achieve your career goals. The purpose of this essay is to enable us to understand your thinking about career development in diplomacy/international affairs and whether a CAA Fellowship would truly make a critical difference for your future. Note: This essay should be sent to the attention of the Fellowship Committee at the Council of American Ambassadors via email (council@americanambassadors.org) or via fax (202.296.0926). It may also be submitted to The Fund for American Studies to satisfy the Fund’s “Statement of Purpose” requirement.
    • The second essay, which should be no more than 750 words in length, should outline what you believe to be the most important international/foreign policy issue facing the United States today. This essay is intended to demonstrate your ability to analyze and conceptualize solutions to major policy issues. Note: This essay may be submitted to The Fund for American Studies to satisfy the Fund’s “Topical Essay” requirement.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors who know your work are required to support your CAA Fellowship application. One of these letters of recommendation will satisfy the TFAS requirement. Please follow the instructions posted on the TFAS Web site for submitting these letters.

It is to your advantage to submit a complete, carefully prepared, formatted and proof-read application. Don’t let typos, careless errors or missing or incomplete information spoil the impression of an otherwise strong application.