FALL 2021 Carter Center Internships and Graduate Assistantships

Founded by former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, the Carter Center aids in conflict prevention and resolution for the protection of all human life. They are seeking interns and graduate assistants. Both opportunities are paid and at the moment are operating remotely. The Carter Center is set to open later this year, but the exact dates are unknown due to the uncertainty of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All internships and graduate assistantships are based in Atlanta. However, opportunities arise for interns to travel with staff on Center-related trips (e.g., election-monitoring missions, domestic and international conferences, training workshops). Graduate assistants typically do not travel.

The deadline for the graduate assistantship (2021-2022 school year) is April 8, 2021.

The deadline for the internship (fall 2021) is June 15, 2021.

For more information on the Carter Center, click here. Links to the specific opportunities will be listed under their descriptions below.



  • Undergraduate Students
    • All undergraduate candidates must have completed at least two years of study by the start of the internship. For example, qualified candidates within the United States will have a minimum of 60 credit hours earned toward their bachelor’s degree.
  • Recent Undergraduates
    • Recent graduates may apply if they completed their undergraduate degrees within 24 months of the internship start date.
  • Graduate Students
    • Graduate student applicants can either be currently enrolled as students or have been enrolled within 24 months of their internship start date.
  • All applicants must have the legal right to work in the United States. Applicants who are based outside of the United States must have the proper visa and Emory University can not sponsor a visa unless you have completed an undergraduate degree.
  • There is no age requirement or restriction for this opportunity


Although the day-to-day responsibilities of interns and graduate assistants across different programs may vary, all share the following networking and career development opportunities:

  • Substantive work experience: Less than 30 percent of an intern’s and graduate assistant’s responsibilities include administrative duties.
  • Work directly in your field of study, gaining valuable knowledge that can enhance your professional development.
  • Make professional connections and form networks within an international non-governmental environment.
  • Speaker series, featuring Carter Center staff and other invited guests.
  • Scheduled career development opportunities with senior Carter Center staff.
  • A weekend excursion to the Carter’s hometown of Plains, Georgia.
  • Social and team-building opportunities with interns and staff.

There are three internship programs available: health, operations, and peace.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Graduate Assistantship


  • At the start of the assistantship, qualified applicants must have completed a minimum of two semesters of their academic coursework in a master’s or post-masters level program.
  • Applicants must also be enrolled in a graduate or doctoral program throughout the duration of the assistantship.
  • Candidates who have completed their degrees are not eligible.
  • The assistantships are located at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • GAs must make a 9-12 month commitment (beginning in August).
  • GAs must make a 20-hours-per-week commitment (during business hours Monday through Friday).
  • There are no age restrictions or citizenship requirements for GAs.
  • All Graduate Assistants will receive compensation of $14.25/hour.

Graduate Assistants will have the opportunity to work on one of the many projects that fall under the health or peace program areas.

For more information or to apply, click here.

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