TWC Announces 2016 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and the State Department are pleased to announce the selection of the 2016 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows – 10 Undergraduate Fellows and 20 Graduate Fellows. Hundreds of applicants from more than 160 different schools competed for this distinguished fellowship.

Managed and funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center, the 2016 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate and Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship identifies talented students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career. Consideration is given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The Department of State strives to assemble a Foreign Service that reflects the excellence and diversity of the United States to the world.

Recipients of the Pickering Fellowship receive two years of financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them for a career in the Foreign Service. Fellows also complete a domestic internship at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and an overseas internship at a U.S. embassy.

The 2016 Pickering Fellows represent the program’s goals of promoting excellence and diversity. All of the Fellows have studied, worked or lived overseas in countries from Ecuador to Oman to Japan. They come from 26 undergraduate and graduate institutions and 18 different states. They bring diverse experiences to the Fellowship, including backgrounds in: academic research, government agencies, private companies, international development, NGOs, and service organizations such as AmeriCorps, City Year, and Peace Corps.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program honors one of the most accomplished U.S. Foreign Service Officers of the 20th century. Ambassador Pickering was appointed Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. Pickering served in many leading positions around the world during his Foreign Service career, including Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India and Russia. He concluded his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

This fellowship contributes to developing the next generation of Foreign Service Officers and we’re proud to be a part of it."

Michael B. Smith
President of The Washington Center

The 23rd Cohort of Pickering Undergraduate Fellows:

  • Alina Clay, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Nurmukhamed Eldosov, George Washington University
  • Leobardo Espinoza, Yale University
  • Dylan Hoey, Claremont McKenna College
  • Ankhet Holmes, Dartmouth College
  • Khadija Mohamud, Georgetown University
  • Kelsey Orr, Furman University
  • Mehek Sethi, University of California-Berkeley
  • Valerie Tucker, University of Georgia
  • Kayla Walden, Rider University

The 20th Cohort of Pickering Graduate Fellows:

  • Mery Arcila, Seton Hall University
  • Amanda Ashley, Berry College
  • Jarek Buss, Brigham Young University Hawaii
  • Joanna Chen, University of California-Berkeley
  • Tiffany Cox, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jatnna Garcia, Boston University
  • Amy Gradin, Wheaton College
  • Kamra Hakim, Arizona State University
  • Norva Hall, University of Pennsylvania
  • Russell Hathaway, University of Chicago
  • Rachel King, Vanderbilt University
  • Priya Knudsen, American University in Cairo (AUC)
  • Mario Lamar, Morehouse College
  • Stanley Marquez, George Washington University
  • Megan Mattson, George Washington University
  • Alithea McFarlane, Bowdoin College
  • Daniel Moon, Swarthmore College
  • Cierra Saylor, Richmond, the American International University in London
  • Hermila Yifter, Georgetown University
  • Yang (David) Zhou, State University of New York at Binghamton

Learn more about the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program and application process

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The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.

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