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Call for Applications, 2017-18 Young Professionals Network (YPN) in Washington, D.C

Call for Applications, 2017-18 Young Professionals Network (YPN) in Washington, D.C


Eurasia Foundation (EF) invites young Eurasia specialists to apply for membership to its 2017-18 Young Professionals Network (YPN). The Network was created to honor EF’s late chair Sarah Carey, who was an indispensable advisor to young people interested in the Eurasia region. The program identifies young professionals who share EF’s commitment to international engagement across the region and connects them with more established professionals from a variety of fields.
Over nine months, YPN creates regular opportunities for young people in Washington, D.C., to discuss developments in the Eurasia region with key decision-makers, diplomats, journalists and analysts.

Highlights of past YPN events include meeting former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva and special access to television hosts Vladimir Pozner and Phil Donahue. As part of the program’s series of intimate briefings and question and answer sessions, members of YPN have interacted with influential Eurasia experts including U.S. Ambassadors (ret.) Thomas Pickering, William Courtney, Kenneth Yalowitz and Richard Kauzlarich, Dr. Fiona Hill, Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff, Christian Caryl, and Ambassadors from the Romanian, Moldovan, Turkish, and German embassies, among others.

Program Description
EF Young Professionals will participate in events once or twice per month with influential diplomats, scholars and journalists between September 2017 and May 2018. All events will take place in Washington, D.C. at varied times of the day or evening.

Requirements & Expectations
EF invites young professionals with a deep interest in the Eurasia region between the ages of 22 and 33 working in government, media, the military, and the private and nonprofit sectors. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree (preferably a Masters degree) and a demonstrable commitment to the Eurasia region. Chosen participants will be expected to attend most program events, some of which will be scheduled during the weekday to accommodate speakers’ schedules. Before applying, please consider if your professional and personal obligations will allow you to fully participate.

Application Process
To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Current resume
  • Letter of interest describing how the applicant will contribute to and benefit from the program
  • Letter of reference from a current or former employer or professor addressing the applicant’s motivation, commitment to the Eurasia region, and leadership qualities
  • The name, title, organization and contact information of the person who has written the applicant’s letter of reference

All application materials must be submitted in full by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, July 21, 2017.
Applicants will be notified by mid-August. Any questions should be directed to Laurens Ayvazian, Director for Education, Leadership and Exchange, and the address [email protected].

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