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The Carter Center – Atlanta, GA

Summer 2013 Fellow: Isabella Sanchez

Faculty Mentor: Coit Blacker

Office Description: 

The Carter Center offers diverse opportunities for undergraduates interested in contemporary international and domestic issues to intern in one of several programs that work to prevent or resolve armed conflicts around the world. Under the auspices of the Peace Program, fellows can work with the Global Development Initiative to address the social, environmental, and economic interrelationships essential to sustainable development. They can also serve with the Americas Program to address democratization, trade, and arms control in the region. The Democracy Program promotes democratic transition and consolidation through projects involving election monitoring and mediation, as well as efforts to advance the rule of law and improve compliance with human rights standards. For more information, please visit the Carter Center’s official website.

Past projects:

  • Creation of a bibliography: As a research intern, the fellow conducted database searches for articles and books written about the Carter Center. She then cited and annotated them according to the Chicago format to create a comprehensive bibliography of work written about the Carter Center.
  • Peace Program Updates: The fellow assumed responsibility for writing updates for Nepal, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • Conflict analysis of current events in Bolivia.  Presented her research and helped in the programming for the following year’s programming.

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Willingness to work on work in a public policy institute that is dedicated to fighting disease, poverty, conflict and oppression.
  • Interest in and passion for contemporary international and domestic issues
  • Hard worker and team player
  • Persistence, dedication and willingness to take initiative
  • Knowledge of Latin American or other regional politics
  • foreign language skills
  • International work/travel experience is helpful, though not required

Desired Skills, Experience, and Coursework:

  • Upperclassmen only (rising seniors)
  • Experience working in a professional workplace
  • Ability to perform research thoroughly and efficiently
  • Comfort speaking and presenting work publicly
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Critical and analytical thinking skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail

Main Fellowship Disciplines:

  • Public Policy
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • American Studies


All work done in English

Please note that the SIG Fellow awarded The Carter Center Fellowship should be prepared to submit a follow-up application to the Carter Center with an additional personal statement and letter of recommendation soon after being accepted to the SIG fellowship. It would be advisable for applicants to begin preparing these items in advance. This Carter Center application needs to be submitted by March 1st.