National and International Development Internships, Fellowships, and Grants


Opportunities are ordered by nearest application deadline. Each internship and fellowship name is linked to the appropriate application page. Check back often for new opportunities!

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Last page update: April 15, 2019



The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship


  • Spring 2020 Application Deadline: October 1, 2019
  • Full time; Spring Fellows would begin between January 15 and April 1 and Fall Fellows would begin between July 15 and October 1, all working for six to nine months.
  • Paid with benefits


Summary: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites recent college and graduate school alumni to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.


Scoville Fellows will choose to work with one of the twenty-four organizations participating in the program. With the assistance of the program director, fellows will select a placement which best matches their interests and the needs of the host organization. Participating organizations provide office space and support, supervision and guidance for fellows’ work. With the exception of Congressional lobbying, fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and organizing that support the goals of their host organization.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for college graduates to gain practical knowledge and experience by contributing to the efforts of nonprofit, public-interest organizations working on peace and security issues.



The United Nations Information Center


  • Fall 2019 Application Deadline: July 15, 2019
  • Full time
  • Unpaid


  • Preference will be given to students in their senior year of college or graduate school, with major area of study in international relations, political science, communications or related field.
  • Above all, the strongest candidates will have a can-do attitude and a sense of humor about themselves.
  • He/She will have a professional demeanor and the ability to work in busy office with changing priorities and minimal supervision.
  • Strong candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of the United Nations system, the U.S. Government, Washington think tanks and media. They will also have previous international experience and strong interest in the UN and its focus areas.
  • Students should demonstrate excellent language, research and writing skills. Past experience in a professional office environment is an asset.


Summary: Established in 1946, the UN Information Center is responsible for US/UN issues and serves as a liaison to Congress, the US government and foundations in Washington as well as to the media, academic institutions and public across the United States. The Center includes a small reference library that houses official UN documents as well as other materials published by the United Nations. The office also supports high-level visitors from headquarters and field offices around the world. UNIC’s internship program presents an enormous opportunity for college students and post-graduates seeking a challenging work experience in international relations.



Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship


  • 2020-2021 Application Deadline: Application will open in Fall 2019
  • Full time, late August - late July (one year)
  • Paid

Selection Criteria:

  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Flexibility and ability to adjust to new situations
  • Creativity and initiative in problem solving
  • Enthusiasm for learning from experts in the field, and searching for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work
  • Experience working in low-income communities
  • Excitement about peer learning in a tight-knit community of Fellows


Summary: The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. We support a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty and oppression and nurture an innovative national network of creative and inspiring change agents who share our vision of a just world.

The Emerson Program seeks to craft successful and mutually beneficial partnerships between Fellows and Partner Organizations while developing a new generation of hunger and poverty leaders. Ultimately, we hope to create a country free from hunger and poverty where access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food is recognized as a basic human right.



The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award


  • 2019 Application Deadline: January 18, 2019
  • $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world before proceeding on to graduate school or a career

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

  • Graduating students from accredited U.S. colleges
  • Awards will be based on the quality of the proposal, academic record, and other personal achievements.


Summary: Samuel Huntington was President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Electric System which later merged with National Grid. He was deeply interested in public service. Following his graduation from college and before attending law school, Mr. Huntington taught in Nigeria. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was established by his friends to allow other students to realize similar experiences and to provide public service. Past award recipients include: a winner of an unsolicited, prestigious McArthur "genius" grant; a former U.S. Surgeon General; and a Forbes "30 Under 30" entrepreneur.

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides $15,000 for a one-year public service project: $7,500 is awarded at the start of the project; and $7,500 awarded upon receipt of a six-month progress report.



U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


  • Application Deadline: Rolling; varies by internship
  • Full time
  • Paid/Unpaid (varies)

To qualify for any internship with USAID, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be currently enrolled in a high school, two or four-year college, or university, vocational/technical school, or other certificate program, on at least a half time basis
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, (students with lower GPAs may be eligible on a case-by-case basis)
  • Have good academic standing at your academic institution
  • Provide an official transcript of your grades
  • Be eligible for a security clearance


Summary: USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

We draw enthusiastic and forward-thinking interns from a wide variety of fields of study. Interns generally work in one of USAID’s offices in Washington, D.C., supporting programs in fields such as economic growth, agriculture, education, health, environment, democracy and governance, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance.