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Spelman Senior Awarded Prestigious Pickering Fellowship

November 2019

Jasmine McClam - LS Jasmine McClam has been awarded a 2020 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

The Director of the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program, Lily Lopez-Mcgee Ph.D., stated, “We are truly thrilled and excited that Jasmine will be joining the Pickering Fellowship Program. She demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service during her time at Spelman College. These experiences bode well for her success through graduate school and in the Foreign Service as well. I look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish in her career.”

Originally from Houston, Texas, McClam has had opportunities to travel across Latin America through her undergraduate institution and as a participant in the Department of State’s American Youth Leadership Program. During the summer of 2019, McClam interned with the Department of State within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and was selected as a Council of American Ambassadors Fellow. In graduate school, McClam hopes to continue studying Latin American studies and public diplomacy.

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship will support McClam through a two-year graduate program to receive a master’s degree in an area relevant to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. It will also provide extensive professional development opportunities, including internships, mentors, and skills training.

As part of the Pickering Program, McClam will have an internship based in Washington, D.C. working with the U.S. Department of State in summer 2021. In the summer of 2022, the U.S. Department of State will send her overseas to work and to gain hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, McClam will become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to her country. She will work to promote peace and prosperity around the world.

An international studies and Spanish double major, McClam became familiar with the United States Department of State Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator Program after spending a summer interning in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She is one of 18 campus coordinators based on 17 college campuses across the nation.

“By being a campus coordinator, I hope to show my classmates how internships with a foreign affairs focus can be accessible for all majors,” she said.