International Visitor Leadership Program Fellowship

Meridian International Center’s Professional Exchanges Division (PED) offers fellowships to qualified undergraduates interested in international relations and cultural exchange. The fellowship is best-suited for sophomores and juniors, though freshmen and seniors may be considered.

The summer 2019 fellows will work closely with PED staff to administer the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) – the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience the U.S. firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts while on the IVLP.

The IVLP fellow will provide logistical support to facilitate the program. Responsibilities include creating and assembling welcome materials for participants in State Department exchanges, researching cultural activities for international visitors in Washington D.C., and assisting staff with program book writing. Additionally, the fellow will research country-specific issues to create one-pager briefing memos for staff, write blog articles for publication on Meridian’s blog The Lead, conduct a long-term international research project on a local D.C. issue, and attend meetings with IVLP participants across D.C.

The spring fellowship is 30 hours per week and is paid hourly. Start and end dates are flexible, though ideal candidates would begin in June and end in August.

The ideal applicants will demonstrate:

  • Strong interest in cultural exchange, American studies, public diplomacy, international education, or international relations
  • Experience with cultural exchange on or off campus
  • Proven initiative and strong interpersonal skills, especially in a professional setting
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong writing skills

Applicants are required to:

  • Commit 30 hours per week to the fellowship
  • Be able to work on Mondays and either Thursday or Friday
  • Be fluent in verbal and written English
  • Be authorized to work in the United States

Summer 2019

Fellowship applications closed

Fall 2019

  • Fellowship posted beginning: June 2
  • Application deadline: August 2
  • Decisions are generally made by: August 9
  • Program start date: September 9
  • Program end date: December 6

Spring 2020

  • Fellowship posted beginning: October 4
  • Application deadline: November 29
  • Decisions are generally made by: December 6
  • Program start date: January 20
  • Program end date: May 1

For additional information about Meridian’s work on the International Visitor Leadership Program please visit and

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Mr. Ethan Jenkins and Ms. McKenzie Lee, the Professional Exchanges Division Fellowship Coordinators, at and Only applications including both a resume and a cover letter will be considered. Due to the volume of applications received, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted or provided an update on the status of their application.