"The Franklin Fellowship paved the way for me to a whole new career."

Many Franklin Fellows are scholars or experts who bring years of experience to the State Department and USAID, and return to their university or organization after the fellowship year. Their institutions support them (the fellowship is uncompensated) as they are immersed in the world of foreign policy and development during the fellowship year.

Some Franklin Fellows, on the other hand, are “self-sponsored”... and use their fellowship year to strike out in new directions. One such Franklin Fellow, Maryam Mujica, came to the fellowship after practicing law and working as an Associate Director at Stanford Law School's Office of External Affairs, where she worked closely with alumni to raise money for key priorities and projects at the law school.

As a Franklin Fellow, Ms. Mujica first served as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Public Affairs, helping to develop strategies for engaging publics across the world via a variety of media, especially social media. Recognizing her talent for policy, the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs asked Ms. Mujica to serve on the Iran Desk, where she met with other government agencies and with community groups to explain U.S. policy toward Iran.

Completing her Fellowship, Ms. Mujica was hired by the Department of State and detailed to the National Security Council where she worked on Middle East Issues. Maryam left the NSC to join the U.S. Delegation for the P5+1 / Iran Nuclear Talks to manage press for the delegation leading up to the first historic agreement in November 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.

She now works on the Public Policy team at Twitter, blending her legal skills as well as the policy and communications experience she gained in government. She currently is Head of Public Policy for Latin America and Iran.

Maryam says the Franklin Fellowship “really paved the way for me to a whole new career … I love what I do! And I could never have ended up where I am if it weren't for the experience that I gained in government.”

Are you ready to build on your expert skills to strike out in new directions? Consider applying for the Franklin Fellowship. There are several vacancy announcements throughout the year for this uncompensated Fellowship. The current vacancy announcement closes March 20:

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