Georgetown Students Receive Pickering Fellowships

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 19, 2010 Comments Off on Georgetown Students Receive Pickering Fellowships

November 19, 2010 –Sarah Gardiner (SFS’11) heard she had become one of five Georgetown students and alumni to receive a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship while studying abroad in Cote d’ Ivoire and preparing to cross the Liberian border.

As a Pickering undergraduate fellow, Gardiner receives financial support towards tuition and other expenses during her senior year and first year of graduate study.

The other four Pickering fellows are Emma Nagy (G’12) and Jeff Jung (G’12), who are in Georgetown’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program,
Harvard student Nathan Haft (SFS’07) and Columbia University student Jane Park (SFS’09).

The graduate fellows are receiving financial support toward their two-year, full-time master’s degrees.

New Career Path

Gardiner said she wasn’t thinking about entering the field of diplomacy before she transferred to Georgetown in 2009.

“I took a culture and diplomacy class once I got here,” said the Manchester, Conn., resident, “and the more I studied in the Institute of Diplomacy, the more I considered it as a potential career path.”

The institute is part of the School of Foreign Service.

“I can honestly say had I not been at Georgetown,” she said, “I would have never applied for the Pickering fellowship.”

She’s since interned at Amnesty International, the American Society of International Law and Sister Cities International,
and spent her junior year abroad studying in Western and Central Africa.

A Diplomat’s Legacy

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program, named for one of the nation’s most distinguished diplomats, is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Fellows commit to working for three years as Foreign Service officers upon

completing their studies and passing the Foreign Service exam.

Gardiner notes that many people at the State Department are Georgetown alumni.

“The opportunity to meet people working in the diplomatic field and to be mentored by them has been invaluable,” says the senior culture and politics major.

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