HHH students--apply for Rosenthal

Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations - Summer 2017 in DC
Internal HHH application deadline: 11:59 pm, Monday, October 31, 2016.

The Harold W Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations Summer 2017 offers students pursuing a career in international relations and security policy the opportunity to spend a summer in professional fellowship positions in the US Congress or at a US government agency (including the State Department and the Department of Defense) in Washington, DC.

Eligibility: The program is open to all graduate students enrolled in APSIA-member schools (Humphrey is an APSIA member school), are returning to school full-time in Fall 2017, can demonstrate a commitment to public service and express a keen interest in international relations.

For more information about Harold Rosenthal and the Rosenthal Fellowship including where previous fellows have interned, go to http://www.rosenthalfellowship.org/

- Humphrey School may nominate up to 3 candidates for the program
- Fellowship positions are chosen to ensure they provide substantive work experience in international relations and security policy
- International students may apply for the program but are limited to Congressional placements
- Semi-finalists for the program will be notified on January 31, 2017
- Interviews and final selections will take place in Washington, DC on March 6-7, 2017, with travel costs the responsibility of the nominees. (Remote interviews may be available.)
- Finalists will be notified of their selection as soon as possible after March 8th.
- A stipend will accompany a limited number of awards
- By accepting a Rosenthal Fellowship, finalists agree to accept their Rosenthal-provided internship placement and to write a memo to the Fellowship Committee at the end of the summer describing their experiences.

Additional benefits of the program: The Fellowship program offers after-hours lectures, roundtables and networking programs. Rosenthal Fellows also receive preferred consideration for the European Union Visitors Program.

Note: Students may elect to apply to the Fellowship with an internship at a qualifying US government agency already in hand (thus, applying for stipend support and program participation only).

(DEADLINE - 11:59 pm, Monday, October 31, 2016)

Please submit the following materials to Chris Buckley at cbuckley@umn.edu by 11:59 pm on Monday, October 31, 2016. Materials should be attached to your email as Word documents. Please put Rosenthal Application Materials in the subject line of the email.

1. A brief (300 words or less) statement as to why you would like to be a Rosenthal Fellow and how that relates to your education and career goals.

2. Resumé (1-2 page) showing education and experience relevant to a career in international affairs*

3. A two-page (single-spaced) original policy memo style essay written for this application on a current international affairs topic of the student's choice. The essay should not refer to you personally. This essay is key; it must be succinct, well-written and showcase your knowledge of a current international affairs topic.*

*Note: The resumé and original essay should be your best first-draft work. If you are chosen to be a nominee, we will work with you in polishing both for final submission.

You will be notified by no later than Thursday, November 10 whether you have been chosen as an HHH nominee.


If you are a nominee, all remaining materials (unofficial transcripts, letter of reference, application form and final copies of your resumé and essay) will be due to Chris Buckley (cbuckley@umn.edu) on Monday, November 21, 2016.

1. Unofficial transcripts: An academic transcript from universities previously attended (unofficial accepted). An academic transcript from your current graduate program. The Fall 2016 semester transcript with grades should be sent when available (in early January 2017).

2. Reference Letter: If you are selected as a nominee, you will need to submit a letter of reference from a professor or professional associate with direct knowledge of your interests and abilities. NOTE: Please inform your proposed recommender that you may be requesting such a letter in mid-November. It may also be helpful to offer to draft the letter.

3. Application form: We will provide this. Questions about the Rosenthal application process? Please contact Chris Buckley at cbuckley@umn.edu, Jen Guyer-Wood at jguyerwo@umn.edu or Sherry Gray at grayx260@umn.edu

Previous Rosenthal winners are: 

Wenchen Wang, MPP, internship at Newseum

Ido Sivan Sevilla, MPP, internship in the Office of California Congressman Ami Bera

Syed Ghazi Ghazan Jamal, MPP, interned at the office of US Senator Sherrod Brown
Jan Saxhaug, MPP, interned at the office of US Senator Mark Udall


Marie Kurth, MPP, internship in the State Department in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs (INL/AP)

Cody Nelson, MPP, internship in the United States Treasury, Office of International Affairs - South/Southeast Asia

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