Meridian International Center Fellowship Program

Meridian International Center’s Fellowship Program exposes rising students and professionals to public diplomacy, international relations, exchanges, cultural and corporate diplomacy, and more.

Fellows develop the professional experience that will allow them to explore the fields of diplomacy and international affairs by gaining an overview of the operations of a nonprofit public diplomacy center. The fellowship includes 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. In addition, all Fellows working in person will be eligible for a $75 per month Metro SmartBenefits contribution.

The Meridian Fellowship Program is located in Washington D.C., and Meridian requires MD, DC, or VA residence for all employees. Fellows must have current authorization to work in the United States. Meridian does not sponsor work visas. The position may work partially remotely until further notice. Effective January 4, 2022, all Meridian staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable medical or religious accommodation is approved.


  • 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 December 25

The application periods are:

  • Winter - Spring: October/November
  • Summer: March/April
  • Fall: July

Recruiting for the Winter-Spring 2023 cohort is now open.


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.

Meridian Center for Global Leadership

The Journalism Fellow with support the Center for Global Leadership’s journalism programs, which include the Foreign Press Centers program and the Central Asia Media Exchange program. The Fellow will provide logistical support to facilitate programs that include domestic reporting and study tours for foreign media and overseas training opportunities for young journalists. The Fellow will gain experience in in-person program design and implementation, media content development and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, data management, and business development.

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 in-person summer programs in June and July. Fellows will help monitor complex travel logistics, support Meridian’s online learning content, and assist in 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.

The Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) Fellow will provide the necessary support to the Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program, conducted virtually in 2022. The PAYLP Fellow will play a pivotal role in developing effective virtual engagement strategies for Francophone and Anglophone participant cohorts, supporting alumni outreach efforts, and designing creative communication initiatives. The Fellow will support logistical/administrative coordination and tasks of virtual exchanges; production of events on Zoom or other virtual platforms; engage program participants and alumni in synchronous and asynchronous learning environments; create compelling, creative media to sustain engagement across PAYLP social channels; conduct some research on program design, implementation, technology platforms, vendors, and other elements, as needed; assist with post-program follow-up, monitoring & evaluation; and support data management/analytics/regulation and compliance. The Fellow may also support business development teams in proposal writing and contribute to Meridian-wide communications initiatives.

The Meridian Corporate Relations Fellow team supports the management and engagement of the Meridian Corporate Council. The Meridian Corporate Council provides a platform for exchange, dialogue and networking on key global issues among diplomatic, public, private and non-profit sector leaders. Through this exchange, members are better equipped to navigate critical challenges and opportunities in a complex international environment. Drawn from wide-ranging sectors, member companies and organizations represent major corporations that are leaders in corporate social responsibility and international initiatives. 

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.

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.
  • Some positions may have additional requirements. Please read the position postings carefully.
  • Non-US citizens are encourage to apply but must have US work authorization. Meridian does not sponsor visas.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should apply through Meridian’s online application system. All candidates must provide a resume (one page preferred) and a cover letter that addresses the following:

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

Only candidates being considered for a position will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS or EMAILS in reference to this position will be accepted.

Employer's Statement

Meridian is committed to creating a diverse environment. We believe in empowering global leaders and amplifying voices of a wide variety of backgrounds to create pathways for greater understanding, shared value and respect for all cultures as connecting people has been our foundation for over 60 years. If you share our values and enthusiasm to promote non-partisan collaboration to address global challenges and opportunities, you can find a home at Meridian.

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