TWC Selected to Administer Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program


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The Washington Center Selected to Partner with the U.S. Department of State to Administer the Prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program

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A State Department premier recruitment program aimed at increasing diversity among U.S. Foreign Service officers.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of State has chosen The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars as its operating partner for the 2016 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. The Pickering Fellowship is one of the State Department’s premier recruitment programs aimed at increasing diversity among U.S. Foreign Service officers.


“We’re honored to work with the State Department on this initiative,” said Michael B. Smith, president of The Washington Center. “The goals of the Pickering Fellowship dovetail with The Washington Center’s mission to prepare young adults to lead and succeed as professionals and global citizens in the 21st century.”


The Washington Center will assume administrative and programmatic functions for the Pickering Fellowship, which is available to 10 undergraduate and 20 graduate students who are, or will be attending, U.S. colleges and universities each year, beginning with the 2016 cohort. Fellows must be U.S. citizens. Benefits of the Pickering Fellowship include:


  • Up to $37,500 annually for two years of expenses related to degree programs in fields related to the Foreign Service.
  • Two summer internships – one at a domestic State Department office and another at an overseas U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Orientation at the State Department and mentoring from a current Foreign Service officer.
  • Employment in the Foreign Service of the Department of State for Fellows who successfully complete the Fellowship and all Foreign Service entry requirements.

For full details about the 2016 Pickering Fellowship program and application process, please visit The application deadline for the 2016 program is January 15, 2016.


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About The Washington Center


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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