Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible?
Candidates who have completed at least two years of study, recent graduates (graduated within 24 months of the internship start date), and graduate/professional students are eligible. For example, a qualified candidate within the United States will have a minimum of 60 credit hours earned toward a bachelor's degree at the start of the internship. There is no age limit.
Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
Since The Carter Center is a part of Emory University, we are able to sponsor J-1 visas for candidates who are able to provide the following documentation:
- first page of passport (containing passport information and photo),
- copy of academic transcript (English translation required),
- ESL or TOEFL score, and
- bank statement (or record of funding) in U.S. dollars, as candidates must have sufficient funds (which Emory considers to be around $7,000 for a 15-week internship) in order to be sponsored on the visa.
May I receive academic credit?
Yes. If an applicant's college or university offers academic credit for internships, The Carter Center will work with the school to match academic requirements with the requirements of the intern's host program. Upon acceptance, necessary forms from the college or university should be submitted to the intern's program supervisor as well as the Carter Center's Educational Programs office.
The program area for which I am interested in applying is not listed on the application. Is this a mistake?
No. If a program area is not listed as an internship preference, it means that program is not accepting interns for that particular session.
If I have attended more than one university, which transcripts should I send?
We require transcripts from a current university as well as any university from which an applicant has received a degree.
When are transcripts due?
All transcripts must be postmarked by the application deadline.
Will you accept an electronic transcript?
Many universities now offer secure, official, electronic copies of transcripts. Transcripts submitted in this way should be sent to the attention of Laura Castelli at email@example.com.
When are letters of recommendation due?
Letters of recommendation are due one calendar week after the application deadline.
My recommender did not receive the email, what happened?
Because the emails sent to recommenders are generated automatically by our online application system, they often get filtered into spam bins. You may wish to advise your recommender to monitor his/her spam box. You also may prompt our online application system to resend the email by logging in to your application and clicking the "resend" button next to your recommender's name.
When will I be notified concerning the status of my application?
All candidates will be notified concerning the status of their applications no later than six weeks following the deadline.
May I reapply if unsuccessful?
Yes. Transcripts are held on file for one year. To reapply, a candidate will need to create a new account (username and password) and complete a new online application for the session for which he/she would like to be considered.
How many hours per week are required?
Interns are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week; anything less prevents the intern from being truly engaged with the work of the Center. Some interns choose to work 40 hours per week. An intern's schedule is arranged with the supervisor and includes regularly scheduled blocks of time during normal business hours (e.g., four days of five hours each, five days of four hours each).
How much time will I spend doing clerical work?
No more than 30 percent of an intern's time will be spent doing clerical work. While staff and interns alike must perform some clerical duties, the Carter Center prides itself in offering an intern program that focuses on substantive and often rigorous programmatic work.
Do you provide housing?
The Carter Center does not provide housing for interns but will provide information on available housing in staff and neighborhood resident homes, local apartment complexes, and the like. Educational Programs staff members are available to provide guidance during your adjustment to Atlanta.
How long is the internship?
The internship roughly follows an academic calendar. Interns are required to make a commitment of 15 weeks for the fall and spring. During the summer session, interns must make a 10-week commitment within a 13-week window.
Are the internships paid?
No. The Center does not offer stipends; however, there is some need-based financial assistance available for candidates who are selected*. Instructions for applying are provided in the appointment letter to successful candidates.
*Please be aware that the amount of aid we are able to provide is not enough to defray all living expenses.
Are there other means of funding available?
The Jennie Lewis Life and Legacy Award (JLLLA) is open to an incoming intern each session. This competitive award involves a separate (but simple) application; the criteria for selection is based on both financial need and fit with the mission of the JLLLA. An award winner will be named at the beginning of the internship session, at which time the award recipient will receive a grant of approximately $2,000. For more information about the JLLLA, please visit: http://www.cartercenter.org/donate/jennielewisaward.aspx.
Is it possible to work a part-time job while participating in the internship program?
Interns are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week at The Carter Center. An intern's schedule is arranged with the supervisor and includes regularly scheduled blocks of time during normal business hours (e.g., four days of five hours each, five days of four hours each). This means that it is possible for interns to work part-time jobs in addition to their internships.
How do I contact The Carter Center?
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307
Fax: (404) 420-5196
Program Assistant, Educational Program
Are there travel opportunities?
All internships are based in Atlanta, Ga. Occasionally, opportunities arise for interns to travel with staff on Center-related trips (e.g., election-monitoring missions, domestic and international conferences, training workshops).
Will I meet President and Mrs. Carter?
President and Mrs. Carter do meet with the interns as a group twice each session, schedules permitting, to talk about Center-related issues. They are genuinely supportive of the internship program and have great appreciation for the work of Carter Center interns.
Is there an active alumni network?
We have an alumni directory and Facebook group for those intern alumni who choose to be involved.
Will there be a job opportunity at The Carter Center after the internship is completed?
While several of the current program staff at The Carter Center are former interns, they represent the exception and not the rule. Each year, there are approximately 115 interns. Since The Carter Center is not a large organization and staff turnover is low, employment opportunities are limited. Instead, we hope that your internship serves as a launching point for your career.