The Washington Center Announces 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows  

The Washington Center Announces 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows  

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May 3, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is pleased to announce the selection of the 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows – 10 Undergraduate Fellows and 20 Graduate Fellows. Hundreds of applicants from over 270 colleges and universities competed for this distinguished fellowship.


Managed and funded by the Department of State and administered by The Washington Center, the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate and Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship offers talented students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue a career in the U.S Foreign Service. 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.


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 2017 Pickering Fellows hail from 28 undergraduate and graduate institutions and 17 different states. Their majors range from International Affairs and History to Business and Economics. Collectively, they have participated in volunteering and service activities in Latin America, Central America, the Middle East, Far East, and Southeast Asia. Prior to becoming Fellows, they engaged in a wide range of fields, including academic research, local and federal government, private companies, international development, and NGOs.


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. He served in many leading positions around the world during his Foreign Service career, including Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India and Russia. Ambassador Pickering concluded his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

“The Washington Center is honored and excited to be administering such a distinguished program for the second year in a row,” said Chris Norton, president of The Washington Center.


The 24th Cohort of Pickering Undergraduate Fellows:


Ms. Taylor Cofield, University of Missouri - Columbia

Mr. Hassan Hassen, Dartmouth College

Mr. Aaron Huang, Rice University

Mr. Shobhit Kumar, Princeton University

Mr. David Leftwich, University of Pittsburgh

Mr. Andre Luu, University of California-Berkeley

Ms. Olivia Maigret, University of California-Berkeley

Ms. Monet Niesluchowski, Arizona State University

Ms. Kylie Lan Tumiatti, Seton Hall University

Ms. Kali Villarosa, Skidmore College


The 21st Cohort of Pickering Graduate Fellows:


Mr. Maximilian Aviles, McKendree University

Ms. Rohini, Bhaumik, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey New Brunswick Campus

Ms. Rausan Borujerdi, The City College of New York

Ms. Faith Fugar, The George Washington University

Ms. Marichuy Gomez, Smith College

Ms. Oleksandra Gubina, University of Missouri - Columbia

Mr. Ethan Kinney, Calvin College

Ms. Sierra Lekie, Kansas State University

Ms. Kamila Manzueta, Florida International University

Mr. Patrick Maxwell, Lebanon Valley College

Mr. Benjamin McIntosh, University of Oregon

Ms. Dung Nguyen, Wake Forest University

Ms. Tawni Sasaki, Knox College

Ms. Jennifer Shin, Boston College

Mrs. Rachel Simon, Mount Holyoke College

Ms. Caitlin Strawder, Florida State University

Mr. Dominick Tao, University of Florida

Ms. Terry-Ann Wellington, University of Texas at Austin

Mr. Juwan Woods, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Ms. Sarah Yee, The New School


For full details about the Pickering Fellowship program and application process, please visit



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