This spring, study abroad in Cuba or Mexico City

Honors students, there are two opportunities to study abroad next spring with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program.

CofC in Havana, Cuba (Semester-long program, Spring 2024)

The island of Cuba blends Caribbean, African, and European cultures, creating a diverse and inspiring environment for students to study during the Spring semester. Learn more about the program.

  • Take courses with LACS, POLI, and SPAN credit
  • Further your Spanish language skills with a course taught in Spanish
  • Live with a Cuban family and take weekend excursions to explore the island

CofC Spring Break in Mexico: Past and Present (Spring Break 2024)

Take HIST 261: Mexico Past and Present for a unique opportunity to become fully immersed in Mexican history and culture. Learn more about the program.

  • A semester-long course with accompanying spring break trip to Mexico City
  • Explore museums, archeological sites, and experience firsthand the country’s rich culture
  • Counts towards GenEd humanities, history major/minor, and some other interdisciplinary programs

Contact Dr. Christina Garcia ( with questions about either program.

Peace Corps Internship Program – Spring 2024

The Peace Corps Internship Program brings student trainees to Peace Corps headquarters in Washington DC for a semester-long internship.

The Opportunity: Support the Peace Corps’ worldwide operations by working directly within a program office that aligns with your background. Offices include:

  • Business and Industry
  • Communication, Policy Review and Development
  • Financial Management, Accounting and Budget
  • Human Resource

Great Fit For: Anyone considering the post-grad Peace Corps route and looking to get their foot in the door; also a great fit for COMM; FINC; ACCT; BADM

How to Apply: Online application by August 1

Numerous opportunities with the US State Department

Opportunities abound with the US Department of State! Applications are now open for the following:

  • scholarships for students to intern and study abroad
  • Government internships
  • Graduate fellowships
  • Career opportunities

Read below for details about the specific opportunities.

  • Questions? Ccontact Saúl A. Hernández, Diplomat in Residence for the Southern Region (

The Department offers scholarships for students to intern and study abroad, as well as government internships, graduate fellowships, and career opportunities.


Students can apply to the Virtual Student Federal Service during the month of July. While this is an unpaid opportunity, students participate part-time for a maximum of 10 hours per week during the duration of the academic year. This year, we have over 500 internship projects with federal agencies across the federal government.

We also offer the ten-week Student Internship Program in the spring, summer, and fall for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4-point scale. They currently earn $18.36 per hour and also receive transportation to and from the internship site and housing. Students generally apply 7-8 months ahead of their internship to provide enough time to get their security clearances. Applications for the Summer 2024 internship will open in the early fall, generally in late September.


The fellowships listed below require a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4-point scale, and encourage applications from women and groups that are underrepresented in the Department of State:

The Pickering and Rangel Fellowships provide tuition assistance for a master's degree, a stipend, and two summer internships, and in return, Fellows sign a contract with the Department of State at the end of their studies to serve as Foreign Service Officers for five years. The application cycle for both of these programs ends in late September.

Last year, we started the Clarke Diplomatic Security Fellowship. Like the fellowships above, students get tuition assistance, two internships, and a stipend, and after students get their master's degree, they sign a contract to serve as Diplomatic Security Special Agents. Candidates must pass a Physical Readiness Test. The application cycle will open around July 18 and close in late September.

We also offer the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship. This fellowship can either fund the junior and senior year of bachelor's study, or two years of graduate study in an IT-related major. Again, internships, tuition assistance, and a stipend are part of the fellowship. FAIT Fellows sign a contract to serve as Information Management Specialists.

We offer the Gilman Scholarship to students receiving Pell Grants to fund internships and study abroad, and, the Gilman-McCain Scholarship is available for students who are adult children of active duty service members and who are receiving Title IV financial aid.

We offer the Critical Language Scholarship to students who want a summer immersive experience in one of fourteen languages, including Russian, Mandarin, and Arabic.

Full-Time Positions

We are also hiring for full-time positions abroad with the Foreign Service and domestically with the Civil Service.

Publish Your Creative Work in Sanctuary, A National Honors Journal

Calling all Honors creatives! Submit your artistic work!

Sanctuary is a national literary and arts journal highlighting creative work by Honors students from across the southeastern U.S. The publication is seeking poems, stories, and visual art created by Honors College students.

Submissions can be made online, with an application deadline of April 14, 2023.

To view previous work published in Sanctuary or to learn more about the submission process, check out

The Borgen Project Internship

The Borgen Project believes that the leaders of the most powerful nation on earth, the U.S., should be doing more to address global poverty.

The Borgen Project is an innovative national campaign that works with U.S. leaders to improve their response to the global poverty crisis and make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.

The Borgen Project has several internship and volunteer openings that may be of interest to students. Internships range from Political Affairs, HR, PR/Marketing, Writing, and Journalism.

All internship and volunteer programs provide experience in advocacy, mobilizing, and fundraising, coupled with real industry exposure and an insight into the nonprofit world.

The details of the different positions can be found on our website here.

Internship Location: The programs are based online, so can be undertaken from any location.

Internship Start Dates: We have new programs starting every month, as such applications can be received at any time, through our website. Interns choose the start date that is most appropriate for them.

Mentoring and Supervision: All of our internships have a designated manager who will ensure that our interns are offered an induction to the program and then support throughout the internship with regular online catch-up calls, training/discussion sessions, and are a point of contact for any questions or concerns throughout the program.

Internships are unpaid, but options to receive academic credit are available.

Feel free to contact Lynsey Alexander with any questions about The Borgen Project and internship programs.

Religious Studies Alumni Spotlight Series

The CofC Department of Religious Studies is hosting an Alumni Spotlight Series on Monday, April 3rd, at 3:30 in JWST 233.

This event will feature Class of 2018 Honors Alumni Madeline Leibin and focus on “Organizing & Lawyering for Religious Pluralism.

Come out and listen to Madeline reflect on her journey from an undergraduate at CofC, to a conflict resolution worker in Israel, to a law school student at NYU.

All students are welcome to attend!

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Info Session

Through its variety of grants, the Fulbright program offers students the opportunity to work, study, and live in another country for up to one year after graduation in one of the over 140 Fulbright partner countries.

A Fulbright can be a great way to begin graduate study, continue research, or pursue a meaningful gap year experience. Students pursuing a Fulbright must have completed their undergraduate degree by the start of the Fulbright grant period and select one of the opportunities listed below:

English Teaching Assistantship: Teach English to students ranging in age from pre-k to college while engaging with the local community.

Open Study: Pursue a master’s degree in one of the many available one-year degree programs, including through a number of field-specific grants.

Open Research: Propose a year-long research project on the topic of your choice in any of the Fulbright countries or pursue one of the field-specific grants in the Arts, Business, or STEM fields.

To learn more about the Fulbright program and the unique opportunities it provides, attend our upcoming info session on March 22nd in Maybank Room 103, from 3-4 PM.

Click here to RSVP for the event. If you cannot attend or have further questions, please contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at

A Conversation with the Poet Sam Zamrik

Exiled Syrian poet Sam Zamrik will give a poetry reading and discussion their work with Honors students.

The Reading: Thursday, March 16 at 9:25 a.m. over Zoom

About the Poet: Sam Zamrik (they/their) is a Syrian poet, translator, musician, and political educator, who lives in exile in Berlin, Germany. They are the recipient of the Wunderblock Award (10.000 Euro), and their first published volume of poetry Ich bin nicht (I am Not), was released on October 15, 2022, with Hanser Berlin Verlag.

Join the Reading: All are welcome. Please register in advance for the Zoom link (