Meridian International Center Fellowship Program

Summary of Program

Meridian International Center’s Fellowship program will expose rising students and professionals to public diplomacy, international relations, exchanges, cultural and corporate diplomacy, and Meridian’s other programs and work.

Meridian Fellows will develop pre-professional experience that will allow them to explore the field of diplomacy and international affairs by gaining an overview of the operations of a nonprofit public diplomacy center. In addition to having an opportunity to contribute to the work of Meridian, Fellows will take part in professional development activities, including mentorship, training and education sessions, lunches with senior leadership, and an opportunity to create a capstone project that can be used as part of a professional portfolio.

All Fellows will be paid the Washington, D.C. minimum wage (currently $15.20/hour). In addition, all Fellows working in-person will be eligible for a $75 per month Metro SmartBenefits contribution.

Meridian’s Fellow cohorts adhere to the following schedule:

Winter-Spring – Second Monday of January to final Friday in May

Summer – First Monday in June to final Friday in August

Fall – Second Monday in September to last Friday before Christmas

The application periods are:

Winter/Spring – October/November

Summer – April

Fall – July

Or, whenever this notice is posted on Meridian’s website and online application system.

Available Fellowships

Meridian is currently recruiting Fellows for the following openings:

Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy - The Cultural Programs and Exhibitions Fellow will support MCCD in the day-to-day operations of the development of international exhibitions and the coordination of cultural exchange programs for the U.S. Department of State and foreign governments. The Fellow's main responsibilities will include designing exhibition and program materials for promotional purposes; assisting with cultural programs, receptions, and planning for future activities, in particular research for new exhibitions, cultural programs, and grant proposals; and contributing written content for Meridian’s blog and social media outreach. Students in a related field, such as art history, museum studies, arts management, public history, anthropology/cultural studies, or international studies, or who have the equivalent in experience, are preferred. Familiarity with archival research, exhibition development, Squarespace, and Canva is a plus.

Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement - The MCDE Fellow will gain experience in virtual programming and production, cross-cultural communication, and audience management. This role assists with the logistical and administrative tasks of virtual and in-person event coordination; including audience/attendee outreach and dissemination of communication; supports external stakeholder engagement and cultivation; supports data management and enrichment of Salesforce database; researches and develops interview questions for convenings; contributes written content for Meridian’s online presence; supports with other Meridian events as needed.

 Corporate Relations - The FedEx Corporate Diplomacy Fellow will provide logistical support for Meridian Corporate Council events, and assemble materials for events, create briefing memos for upcoming donor meetings, support our team in prospecting potential donors, as well as support on drafting communications, newsletters, blogs, and other written tasks as needed by the team. The Fellow is an integral member of the team and is involved in all the projects of the Corporate Relations Team.

 Meridian Center for Global Leadership

 The Global Programs Fellow will provide necessary support to the Center for Global Leadership’s Foreign Press Center programs and journalism initiatives, the Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program, and embassy-funded programs. The Fellow will gain experience in virtual exchange programming and production, monitoring and evaluation, business development, data management, and possible in-person program design and implementation.

The International Visitors Leadership Program Fellow will provide logistical support to facilitate the program, create and assemble welcome materials, and work on a variety of long-term and independent projects.  In addition to supporting the programmatic work of the IVLP team, the Fellow will also attend and assist in the implementation of program meetings allowing for the observation of exchange, engagement, and networking between international visitors and resources.

The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders Fellow will assist the SUSI teams with online winter programs and potential in-person summer programs. Fellows will help support synchronous and asynchronous online activities, program logistics for in-person cohorts, and communications with stakeholders including university partners and vendors. Other than public diplomacy program development and administration, the SUSI Fellow will also gain skills in monitoring and evaluation.

Education Requirements
  •  Open to undergraduate students, master’s candidates, or recent graduates of associate’s programs, bachelor’s programs, or graduate programs OR
  • Emerging professionals looking to shift their career focus.
Preferred Experience
  • Fellows will have competitive applications if they demonstrate school, internship, volunteer, or equivalent experience in administrative work, event planning, virtual facilitation, marketing, data management, or relevant topical experience pertaining to the individual fellowships.
  • Meridian is a collaborative workplace that utilizes Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, to carry out day-to-day work. Teams also utilize a variety of other tools, including but not limited to, Salesforce, Pardot, Canva, Canvas Learning Management System, and Zoom. Please indicate in your application if you possess experience with any of these platforms or applications.
Technical Requirements
  • All Fellows must have residency in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia as of their start date and must maintain this residency throughout their Fellowship.
  • Ability to commit a maximum of 29 hours per week.
  • Fellows may work partially remotely until further notice. All Meridian staff engaged in on-campus or in-person Meridian activities are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable medical or religious accommodation is approved

How to Apply

Prospective Fellows must provide a resume (one page preferred), indicate no more than two Meridian Center(s) or programs of interest, and respond to the following questions.

  1. What skills and experiences would you bring to the Meridian Center(s) or programs you selected above? 500 words or less
  2. Please tell us why you think a Fellowship at Meridian would be beneficial to your future career goals. 500 words or less

Qualified candidates should apply through Meridian’s online application system. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS or EMAILS in reference to this position will be accepted.

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