PIPS Fellowships & Internships

PIPS Research Fellowships

Students who receive a PIPS fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year will:

  • Write a policy white paper on a topic related to international peace and security;
  • Travel to Washington, D.C. during the fall and spring semesters to meet with members of the policy community;
  • Supervise a freshman or sophomore research intern during spring semester;
  • Present their work to policy officials at a year-end symposium at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., and other venues;
  • Have the opportunity to earn academic credit during the spring semester for their PIPS project; and
  • Receive support in preparing and submitting PIPS projects for publication or presentation at academic conferences.

Students who receive a PIPS fellowship are required to:

  • Attend weekly PIPS meetings. Efforts will be made to accommodate schedules for a majority of the fellows. However, failure to regularly attend meetings will result in the fellow's dismissal from the program.
  • Pass a series of progress evaluations before the fellow is permitted to present his or her work in Washington, D.C.
Criteria for Evaluating Applicants

As members of the research team, PIPS fellows must exhibit:

  • Outstanding writing skills
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Capacity to conduct independent research
  • Superb time management
  • Self motivation and responsibility

In sum, PIPS is looking for  students that have a keen desire to conduct policy relevant work in the area of international security and thrive in a demanding work environment. 

Working with PIPS

The estimated work load for PIPS Fellows is:

Fall Semester:           5-10 hours per week
Spring Semester:      12-15 hours per week

For more insight into the PIPS experience, we encourage you to contact former fellows. Several 2012-2013 fellows have agreed to serve as peer advisors. Please click the following links to send them an e-mail:

[[e|eihennemuth,Libby Hennemuth]]
[[e|mrdesimone,Madeleine De Simone]]
Effe Rosenzweig

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a PIPS fellowship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 3.7 cumulative GPA
  • Completed one of the following courses: GOVT 204: Introduction to International Politics, HIST 192; Global History Since 1500, SOCL 205 Global Social Problems
  • Rising junior or senior
  • On campus during the entire 2013-2014 academic year

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Have completed GOVT 329: International Security or GOVT 328: International Political Economy
  • Can demonstrate a strong prior interest in international relations (e.g., by having taken courses on international relations, foreign policy, completed classes on regions of strategic interest to the United States, and/or completed internships in fields related to the study and practice of IR, etc.)
Please review the applications guidelines to apply.
2014 PIPS Research Internships

PIPS research interns are freshmen and sophomores, who learn the practice of policy analysis by assisting the PIPS fellows during the spring semester and writing their own policy brief over the summer. PIPS interns have the opportunity to:

  • Develop their research, writing and analytical ability through close interaction with faculty and other students as part of a research team;
  • Interview senior policy analysts and officials on campus or in Washington, D.C., in support of their fellows’ project;
  • Attend and be recognized at the PIPS yearend research symposium at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.;
  • Write a policy brief proposing a solution to an emerging challenge to international peace;
  • Receive career counseling and additional support for finding internships and jobs related to international security in Washington, D.C., or internationally; and
  • Earn 3 hours of academic credit in the spring semester.
Criteria for Evaluating Applicants

To become a PIPS intern, students must exhibit the following:

  • Strong writing skills and analytical ability
  • Advanced research skills
  • Excellent time management
  • Demonstrated interest in international relations

To be eligible to apply for a PIPS internship, students must:

  • Be a freshman or sophomore
  • Be on campus for the spring semester
  • Have at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA
  • Have a faculty sponsor willing to attest to their academic ability and work ethic
Application:  Please review the application guidelines to apply.