Other resources & initiatives

Rumsfeld Foundation Fellowship

The International Policy Center (IPC) / Weiser Diplomacy Center (WDC) are typically invited to nominate one MPP or PhD candidate for the Rumsfeld Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program(link is external), which supports U.S. graduate students with plans to pursue a career in public service or a policy-relevant field. The Ford School nominee is considered for a grant of up to $20,000 including tuition and stipend support. The grant amount depends on the nominee’s demonstrated financial need. A committee of faculty and staff selects the Ford School nominee based on demonstrated intellectual ability, character, and leadership potential. 


  • Returning MPP or PhD students;

  • U.S. citizens; 

  • Preference for those students focusing on national or international security, U.S. foreign policy, and international economics.



  • If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Dan Ellis (Global Engagement Program Manager | dcellis@umich.edu).


Amy Turner, 2020 - 2021 Rumsfeld Fellow

Amy Turner is a Master of Public Policy (MPP) student at the Ford School of Public Policy, focusing on international trade and economic security. After obtaining her Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) degree from the University of Michigan, she spent two years in Washington, D.C. working for Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative. After graduation, Amy hopes to pursue a career in international economic diplomacy representing the U.S. government.


2019 - 2020

  • John Yim (MPP '20) 

2017 - 2018 

Recommended Opportunities: Internships & Fellowships

Ford School and University of Michigan students with international policy interests have been successful in obtaining a wide array of internships. These include positions in a variety of government agencies, international organizations, private sector firms, think tanks and educational institutes, and NGOs and other civil society organizations. They have also been successful in obtaining fellowships for further study on international policy issues. Some examples of entities offering past internships and/or fellowship funding in the international policy arena include:

University of Michigan

Center for Chinese Studies: China Internship Initiative

U.S. Government

Center for Disease Control
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Committee for Refugees & Immigrants (USCRI)
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Homeland Security
Department of State
Department of the Treasury
International Trade Commission
National Geospatial - Intelligence Agency
National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
White House, Executive Offices of the President

International Organizations

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
European Union, Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S.
Inter-American Development Bank
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD)
UN Economic and Social Commission
UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
UN Development Programme (UNDP)
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
UN Foundation (UNF) / Better World Fund (BWF)
UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking
UN International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth
UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
UN Secretariat
World Bank
World Food Programme

Private Entities & Civil Society Organizations

ActionAid International
Acumen Fund
Americans for Informed Democracy
Asia Foundation
Carter Center
Catholic Relief Services
Eurasia Group
Global Health Corps
Human Rights First (HRF)
Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Humanity in Action
LMI Consulting
Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute (MBOSI)
National Endowment for Democracy
NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security
Open Society Institute (OSI)
Population Action International
World Economic Forum
UN Association of the United States of America, Inc. (UNA)
William J. Clinton Foundation
World Wildlife Fund

Think Tanks

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Asia Society
Aspen Institute
Atlantic Council of the United States
Brookings Institution
Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI)
Carnegie Endowment for Int'l Peace
Center for Global Development
Center for New American Security
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Center for the National Interest (formerly the Nixon Center)
Council on Foreign Relations
East-West Center
German Marshall Fund of the United States
Heritage Foundation
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
International Institute for Strategic Studies (London)
Middle East Institute
National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
National Committee on US-China Relations
New America Foundation
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Pacific Institute
Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI)
Truman National Security Project
Washington Institute for Near Eastern Affairs
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship
P.D. Soros Fellowships for New Americans
White House Fellows Program

In general, these organizations post their opportunities online. Ford School Masters degree candidates may seek further information from the Office of Graduate Career Services.