Cultural Programs & Exhibitions Fellowship

Meridian International Center, a not-for-profit organization, promotes international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy (MCCD) organizes, presents, and circulates a variety of high-profile, international exhibitions each year, sending these to museums, embassies, and cultural institutions around the United States and the world. MCCD also organizes and implements cultural exchanges for the U.S. Department of State and for foreign governments.

MCCD offers fellowships to qualified graduate students interested in international relations and cultural exchange. Meridian fellows enjoy a broad educational experience and have a genuine impact on the work of the institution. While MCCD is small, its responsibilities are vast, presenting many learning opportunities through active collaboration with staff members.  Fellows are compensated at an hourly rate of $14 per hour.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Involvement in day-to-day operations of cultural and exhibition programs
  • Designing exhibition and program materials for promotional purposes using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and other programs
  • Assisting with cultural programs, receptions, and planning for future activities, in particular research for new exhibitions, cultural programs, and grant proposals
  • Contributing written content for Meridian’s blog and social media outreach
  • Overseeing and developing documents and other illustrated texts

The ideal candidate must be:

  • A graduate student in a related field (art history, museum studies, arts management, public history, or international studies) or the equivalent in experience
  • A highly motivated self-starter with superb communication and organizational skills, and high attention to detail
  • A team player with the ability to follow through on long-term projects and to work independently
  • Experienced with Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with archival research and exhibition development is a plus

Applicants are required to:

  • Commit 16-24 hours per week to the fellowship, which follows university semester schedules
  • Be fluent in verbal and written English
  • Be authorized to work in the United States

To be considered for a fellowship, please submit a cover letter with your résumé by December 1 to:

Kara Zelasko at Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Decisions will be made by December 13 for a January 20 start date.

For additional information about MCCD and its programs, please visit