Max Kampelman Fellowship

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, or the Helsinki Commission, is seeking candidates for its Max Kampelman Fellowship program.  Fellows will have the opportunity to join a team of world-class experts at an independent, bicameral, bipartisan, inter-branch federal agency. The fellowship will last up to six months, with fellows working a minimum of three days per week.  All fellows will be offered an hourly salary, as well as ongoing enrichment, professional development, and networking opportunities facilitated by senior commission staff.

The Kampelman Fellowship accepts applicants on a rolling basis.

Program Details


Policy Fellows

Policy fellows will work in political and military affairs, economic and environmental matters, or respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, based on their areas of interest, expertise, and needs of the Commission. Responsibilities include:

  • Researching policy and trends relating to international military, economic, and human rights commitments
  • Assisting staff advisors with briefings, hearings, congressional legislation, and more
  • Attending congressional hearings, panels, and events
  • Performing administrative duties

Communications Fellows

Communications fellows work under the direction of the communications director to:

  • Support projects and initiatives in all areas of the Commission’s portfolio
  • Publicize Commission hearings and briefings
  • Assist with media outreach events
  • Develop web and social media content
  • Each fellow is expected to craft at least one article for the commission website during their fellowship period


  • Open to recent undergraduates, current graduate students, and undergraduate students with previous internship experience
  • Candidates should have a keen interest in learning more about international affairs, the inner workings of Congress, and the relationship between the legislative and executive branches in the realm of foreign policy
  • Proficiency in an OSCE language is an asset
  • For policy fellows: a broad liberal arts education is ideal, and applicants should show excellent writing, analysis, research, and oral presentation skills, as well as an interest in government, international relations, and human rights.
  • For communications fellows: Candidates with a focus on marketing, communications, journalism, public relations, or related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate excellent writing and editing skills; good working knowledge of photography, cutting-edge web content management systems, and new media platforms; and an interest in government, international relations, and human rights.

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