Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Professional Development Opportunity for Recent Graduates Working on Foreign Policy and Related Issues

Join the National Endowment for Democracy for a year-long discussion about the intersection of international relations and free societies.

The Penn Kemble Forum aims to foster an intelligent discussion about the nature of democratic development among Washington’s young foreign policy professionals. 
Participants do not need to specialize in the field of democracy/development – we ask only that you attend with an open mind, ready to discuss how self-determination and freedom intersect with defense policy, internet security, trade treaties, and every other aspect of international political life and American foreign policy.

The Forum convenes monthly to discuss the ideas and realities that drive the world today, and provides additional opportunities for networking, mentorship, and learning. The monthly round table discussions are led by key foreign policy experts, government officials (past and present), democracy practitioners, and civil society experts. In 2014-15, Penn Kemble Fellows met with Robert Zoellick (World Bank), Michael Barone (“The Almanac of American Politics”), Azar Nafisi (“Reading Lolita in Tehran), and many others.

The Forum will run this year from September 2015 to June 2016. It is organized and sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy with the assistance of a distinguished advisory committee of scholars and practitioners.

Applicants should be established young professionals working on foreign policy or related issues within think tanks, government, and the private or non-profit sectors. A limited number of recent graduates will be considered for participation as well.
For participation, applicants need to be based in the Washington, D.C., area. The program is unpaid and nonresidential. Successful applicants are expected to attend at least one monthly round table discussion (to be held after working hours), although additional events and meetings will be scheduled.
Upon acceptance, participants will receive additional information about the program orientation and initial meeting dates.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to fill out the application form below, which includes the following required documents:
  • Current resume
  • A statement of interest (500 words maximum) describing how the applicant will contribute to and benefit from the Forum
  • Letter of recommendation from a current or former employer or academic supervisor detailing the applicant’s intellectual and analytical abilities, international commitment or experience, and personal qualities

All application materials must be submitted in full by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 14th. Applicants will be notified of their selection in late August, and the program’s opening event will be the evening of September 16.  

More information here.