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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 18, 2019—Williams College senior Jeremy Smith ’19 has been named a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Each year, approximately 12 to 14 students are selected to work as research assistants at the Carnegie Endowment, one of the world’s leading think tanks, which specializes in international affairs.
Acceptance into the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program is highly competitive, with approximately 5 percent of applicants ultimately selected as fellows. Junior Fellows are given the opportunity to conduct research, co-author journal articles and policy papers, organize briefings, and participate in meetings with senior-level officials. Junior Fellows are paid a salary of $39,500 per year and provided a benefits package.
Smith, a Chinese and economics major from St. Louis, Mo., will participate in the Asia Program, working at the Economics Desk, beginning August 1. “From the moment I saw the advertisement for the position put out by the Fellowships Office, I knew I would be hard-pressed to find an opportunity that better matched my strong interests in the Chinese economy, Chinese language, and international affairs,” Smith says. “I am looking forward to the unique opportunity to work intimately with accomplished China experts and to advancing the cause of mutual understanding between the two nations.”
During Smith’s junior year at Williams, he participated in an intensive language program in Hangzhou, China. Inspired by that experience, he is writing an honors thesis in economics titled Globalization and Regional Inequality in China. Smith, who plans to return to China to continue his interest in U.S.-China relations, also serves as a teaching assistant in the Chinese department and is captain of the college’s Ultimate Frisbee Organization.
“The Fellowships Office played a vital role in supporting my application by providing me with the contacts and resources needed to prepare me for the process,” Smith says. “I owe a great debt of gratitude to the professors of the Chinese department, who encouraged and cultivated my interest in China and its many aspects throughout my time at Williams. I would also be remiss not to thank Professor Steve Sheppard, my thesis adviser, for his constant support and guidance throughout the process.”
The last Carnegie Junior Fellow from Williams was William Hayes ’14.
Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.