Junior Fellowships

Current Opportunities

The application period for Fall 2019 is now closed. Stay tuned for information on the Spring 2020 application process.

Program Description

Designed for undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students with a demonstrated interest in international affairs, the Pacific Council Junior Fellows Program is an opportunity for individuals of junior professional background to gain experience in international relations through a member-based non-profit. Individuals selected will complete projects for their specific departments and some cross-departmental tasks. Tasks will include but are not limited to: assistance with event programming, logistics, writing, editing, research, membership administration, and general administrative assistance. Additionally, Fellows will produce a term project advancing a key organizational priority and present their findings to the Pacific Council staff upon the completion of their Fellowship.

Positions are open in the following departments:

  • Communications
  • Development
  • Membership
  • Special Initiatives
  • Programs

    Department position descriptions can be found here.

Key Dates 

*dates are subject to change

  • Friday, August 30: Application Deadline
  • Monday, September 16 - Friday, September 20: Interviews
  • Monday, September 30: Term Start Date
  • Wednesday, December 18: Term End Date

Programs Junior Fellow

  • Friday, August 16: Programs Application Deadline
  • Monday, August 26 - Friday, August 30: Programs Interviews
  • Monday, September 9: Programs Term Start Date

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must be in their junior or senior level of undergraduate courses, a graduate student, or a recent graduate of either with a degree in international relations or related subjects; must have a strong academic record; and must be eligible to work at least 15 hours a week in the Pacific Council office in downtown Los Angeles – days are flexible. Candidates should have prior experience in a professional office setting, excellent written, oral communication and computer skills, strong attention to detail, resourcefulness and creativity, and the capacity to balance and efficiently prioritize a range of responsibilities. Interest in international policy and a commitment to the Pacific Council’s mission and inclusivity is critical.

Application & Submissions

Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 30th (the Programs Junior Fellow deadline is Friday, August 16th). Candidates identified as finalists will be notified and interviewed by telephone or in person from September 16th - September 20th. Positions will be extended no later than Friday, September 27th. The Fall 2019 Junior Fellows program will begin Monday, September 30th (Programs Junior Fellow will start September 9th) and run through Wednesday, December 18th.

No applications will be considered complete until the following items are received by the Pacific Council: cover letter, current resume, completed Jr. Fellows application, and a brief writing sample. For guidance on cover letters and resume, please check out our Tips & Tricks handout

To apply, please submit your application with the required materials.

Benefits

Professional Development

On a bi-weekly basis, Pacific Council staff will lead you across different professional development modules. We strive to customize the sessions based on your interests, but past sessions have included: Project Management, Communication Bootcamp, Tips for Young Professionals, Unconscious Bias in Decision Making, Soft Skills in the Workplace, Overview of Nonprofits, etc.

Mentorship & Coaching

Fellows will participate in bi-weekly check-ins with the Fellowship coordinator and regular check-ins with their supervisors. During these times, we will assess areas for your growth and support to ensure a productive and enjoyable Fellowship experience for you. We also provide a modest fund for you to take staff out to coffee to learn more about their career trajectories and build new professional relationships. Your social and professional growth is important to us! 

Access to Pacific Council Events

We are thrilled to offer event access to our Fellows over the course of the term. You can see the types of events we’ve held in the past here. Fellows will also get access to our conference level events including our annual Global LA Summit and PolicyWest.

Modest Financial Support

The Junior Fellows program is unpaid; however, a $500 stipend will be awarded at the end of the term. We also reimburse for all parking or public transit related to office and event travel.

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