Internships and Fellowships

Professional Resources

This is GPI’s compiled list of professional opportunities for students on our Internships and Fellowships page. For students seeking University-provided resources, the Academic Honors and Fellowships Office is a great place to start.

“Our office is committed to educating the USC community about university awards and honors, and nationally competitive fellowships as well as mentoring students and recent alumni in their pursuit of these opportunities.”

Academic Honors and Fellowships

Students are able to find opportunities by searching through AHF’s database for awards and fellowships. Applications, deadlines, eligibility requirements and scholarship information are all linked to the site.

Active Internship List

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State Summer 2020 Internship has applications posted on its website. For students interested in working at State, we recommend researching the different organizations and positions available to students U.S. Department of State Summer 2020 Student Internship Program (Unpaid)

Cultural Vistas Abroad Internship

Cultural Vistas internship and work abroad programs allow students and professionals to develop the expanding set of competencies demanded in today’s global economy through sustained immersion in a foreign country – language learning, interdisciplinary problem solving, empathy, and respect for cultural attitudes and ideas, to name a few.”

Fellowship List

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

“On behalf of the team at the Scoville Fellowship, we are excited to share the news of our fellowship program for recent college and graduate school alumni interested in the dynamic field of international peace and security. This highly selective six to nine month fellowship connects young leaders with our partner institutions in Washington, DC that include leading think tanks and advocacy groups. Scoville Fellows receive a salary and benefits, learn about public policy, and expand their professional network through interactions with analysts, activists, current and former Scoville Fellows, and board members.”

Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute Fellowship Program

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous academic graduate level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The fully-funded program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. Institutes can be found at Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, and other campuses.

Aga Kahn Foundation International Scholarship Program

Postgraduate students from a developing country who have no other means of financing their studies. Only students who have not yet started their course of study are considered. (Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.)

The Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship

The Humane Studies Fellowship is a non-residency, renewable award of up to $15,000 per year to assist students enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time PhD programs. The Institute for Humane Studies will also offer one $30,000 fellowship this year, but this award is contingent on the needs and caliber of the applicant pool.

Most awards will be given for the 2020-2021 academic year and disbursed in the fall, but a limited number of funding packages will be available for early disbursement in the summer.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship provides full financial support for exceptional students around the world to pursue a degree at Oxford University.

Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship provides funds for high achieving American students to pursue graduate degrees in England to strengthen the relationship between the British and American populations.

Fulbright Scholars Endowment

The Fulbright Scholar endowment features multiple programs that award funds for international research or English language teaching abroad. 

Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars have the opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing to encourage the development of understanding between the U.S. and China.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program is the centerpiece of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiative to increase the commitment to diversity in the faculty ranks of colleges and universities. The University of Southern California’s MMUF program is a partnership between the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Provost.

Rotary Peace Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarships for college graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution. Rotary Peace fellowships are available to candidates who want to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our six partner universities.

Luce Scholars

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.

Ford Foundation Minority Fellowship

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Humanity in Action Fellowship programs look at the ways in which communities co-exist to create a society. Each program investigates human rights, democracy, and structural injustice. Each bridges the international and the domestic, the theoretical and the practical, the political and the personal.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

For 2020 entry, Gates Cambridge will offer 80 full-cost scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.

Winston Churchill Scholars

The Churchill Scholarship and Kanders Churchill Scholarship provide funding to American students for a year of Master’s study at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The program was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfill his vision of US–UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security.

Boren Scholarship

Boren Fellows have additional guidelines for self-designed research, internship, and study programs. They are also eligible to receive funding for domestic summer language programs immediately prior to their overseas study.