Deadline: FALL (late August – early December) Deadline: June 15 SPRING (mid-January – early May) Deadline: Oct. 15 SUMMER (mid-May – mid-August) Deadline: March 1
Open to: Candidates who have completed at least two years of study, recent graduates (graduated within 24 months of the internship start date), and graduate/professional students
Remuneration: The Center does not offer stipends; however, there is some need-based financial assistance available for candidates who are selected*.
For more than 20 years, the Carter Center Internship Program has provided more than 2,500 interns with a rewarding complement to classroom experience. Carter Center interns come from around the world and make vital contributions to the Center’s work. In turn, the Center provides a substantive learning experience that serves as a basis for interns to explore their career options and to attain professional skills. The goal of the Internship Program is to develop an informed and skilled work force committed to advancing peace and health worldwide.
Candidates who have completed at least two years of study, recent graduates (graduated within 24 months of the internship start date), and graduate/professional students are eligible. For example, a qualified candidate within the United States will have a minimum of 60 credit hours earned toward a bachelor’s degree at the start of the internship. There is no age limit.
Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
Since The Carter Center is a part of Emory University, we are able to sponsor J-1 visas for candidates who are able to provide the following documentation:
- first page of passport (containing passport information and photo),
- copy of academic transcript (English translation required),
- ESL or TOEFL score, and
- bank statement (or record of funding) in U.S. dollars, as candidates must have sufficient funds (which Emory considers to be around $7,000 for a 15-week internship) in order to be sponsored on the visa.
No. The Center does not offer stipends; however, there is some need-based financial assistance available for candidates who are selected*. Instructions for applying are provided in the appointment letter to successful candidates.
*Please be aware that the amount of aid we are able to provide is not enough to defray all living expenses.
Are there other means of funding available?
The Jennie Lewis Life and Legacy Award (JLLLA) is open to an incoming intern each session. This competitive award involves a separate (but simple) application; the criteria for selection is based on both financial need and fit with the mission of the JLLLA. An award winner will be named at the beginning of the internship session, at which time the award recipient will receive a grant of approximately $2,000. For more information about the JLLLA, please visit: http://www.cartercenter.org/donate/jennielewisaward.aspx.
Is it possible to work a part-time job while participating in the internship program?
Interns are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week at The Carter Center. An intern’s schedule is arranged with the supervisor and includes regularly scheduled blocks of time during normal business hours (e.g., four days of five hours each, five days of four hours each). This means that it is possible for interns to work part-time jobs in addition to their internships.
How to Apply?
In order to access the Carter Center Intern application, you must establish a user account. You will be prompted to create a user name and password, and provide a valid e-mail address. Your user account will give you the option to save and continue your application at a later date, as well as check the status of your applicant file after your application has been submitted. Please be aware that once you submit your application, you will be unable to do any additional editing.
To complete the online application, be prepared to provide the following:
- A 100-word autobiography.
- A short 200-250-word essay stating your objectives and expectations of a Carter Center internship and how they relate to your goals.
- Your resume, to be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document or PDF.
- A short pertinent writing sample, preferably an academic paper five pages or less in length, to be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document or PDF. This can be a paper that you have previously written for your academic coursework. Alternatively, it can be a five-page excerpt of a larger pager. Double-spaced is preferred.
- The names, titles, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of two people who will write letters of recommendation on your behalf. Your recommenders will be sent a system-generated e-mail after you have submitted your application that will allow them to copy and paste the recommendation letter into a Web form and submit it electronically.
The following materials must be submitted by mail:
- Official transcripts in sealed envelopes.
Transcripts must be postmarked by the application deadline and sent to the address below:
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, Ga. 30307
Graduate assistantships are available for the summer session only.
The Carter Center Graduate Assistant Program offers a limited number of opportunities to students currently enrolled in a master’s – or post-master’s – level program. At the start of the assistantship, qualified applicants must have completed a minimum of two semesters of their academic coursework. Please note that you may apply for the Graduate Assistantship Program in two ways:
- 1) Apply and be considered for a graduate assistantship only.
2) Apply and be considered for a graduate assistantship and internship; should you not be selected as a graduate assistant, you are still under consideration for an internship in the programs of your choice.
Candidates who have completed their degree are not eligible for the assistantship. The graduate assistant stipend is $3,500 for a 10-week, 40-hour-per-week commitment.
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307
Fax: (404) 420-5196
Director, Educational Programs
Program Assistant, Educational Programs
For more details, please see the official website HERE.