Paul F. Pelosi Scholars Initiative

The mission of the Paul F. Pelosi Scholars Initiative is to provide exceptional SFS undergraduate students with the professional skillset and network of practitioners and scholars necessary to address the most pressing international challenges of our time. In keeping with the school’s century-long tradition of preparing students for public service and global leadership, PSI enables students to complement their rigorous academic coursework with mentorship and professional experience in order to recognize their full potential as women and men for others.


2019 Paul F. Pelosi Scholars

Brenden Ebertz

A native of Rochester, NY, Brenden is a junior majoring in International Politics with a concentration in International Law. He is currently focused on transitional justice in Colombia, studying with Professor Michael Reed-Hurtado of the Center for Latin American Studies. Brenden has served as President of the Georgetown Bipartisan Coalition, an organization committed to the elevation of constructive dialogue and pragmatic policy in government. He has also interned at the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney, where he conducted statute research, trial preparation, memo development, and analysis of raw evidence to be used in trial. Brenden is an Eagle Scout, earning the Eagle Scout Project of the Month distinction for constructing a storage facility at the regional Ronald McDonald House. Brenden found his interest in international humanitarian law through volunteer work with the non-profit Water for South Sudan, where he established a school chapter to raise funds for the construction of a well in the world’s newest country.

Jon Furlong

A native of New Hampshire, Jon is a sophomore pursuing a major in International Politics and a minor in Journalism. As a cadet in Georgetown's ROTC program, Jon plans to commission as an intelligence officer in the United States army up graduation. On campus, Jon is a member of a non-profit organization called Georgetown Global Consulting and is a guide for the Outdoor Education program. This summer, Jon will travel to Sri Lanka as part of an ROTC initiative on cultural and diplomatic understanding, and then he will complete an internship in Jakarta, Indonesia focused on renewable energy and community-based development. Jon's areas of interest include in climate change, defense policy, human rights, and education. In his free time, Jon enjoys photography and listening to alternative rock music.

Millie Kim

Millie is a sophomore majoring in International Politics with a concentration in foreign policy and a minor in Mandarin. She serves on the sub-board of the Georgetown International Relations Club, helps lead the National Collegiate Security Conference, and participates in Homeless Outreach Programs and Education (HOPE). Born in the U.S. and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Millie is interested in the impact of U.S. foreign policy and NGOs on regional politics in the Asia-Pacific region. She has worked extensively with UNICEF Boston on identifying perpetuating causes of child trafficking with a focus on Southeast Asia. In addition, Millie has collaborated with UNICEF China on the issue of ‘left-behind children’ in Guizhou province by developing education initiatives, and she has researched domestic education policies as an intern at the National Assembly of Korea. She is interested in policy and plans to explore careers in public service that focus on conflict prevention, education, and diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mena Mohamed

Mena is a junior majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a certificate in Arab Studies. Born in Cairo, Egypt, she is focused on understanding the intersection of displacement and international development in the Arab world. On campus, she researches youth development and education at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and works at the President’s Office. She is also a student leader for the Georgetown Social Enterprise Initiative, where extends the university's resources to the D.C. community. Previously, Mena has supported research at the Library of Congress and interned at Jesuit Refugee Services, where she worked on political advocacy for refugees and migrants. In the future, Mena plans to pursue further research on migration, environmental change, and urbanization with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

Siona Sharma

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Siona is interested in the intersection of law and technology policy, specifically the distribution and impact of technology in developing countries. She is a junior studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs with concentrations in both Global Health and Computer Science. Siona has also been a Fellow for the Georgetown Global Health Initiative, the Director of Business Development for Georgetown Global Microfinance Initiative, and a student leader for Georgetown Global Social Enterprise Initiative. Siona is currently an IT Strategy Intern at the World Bank (IBRD/IFC), where she supports the allocation of the annual budget for the World Bank's large-scale investments in technology. Her commitment to public service began in education; Siona is the Founder and Executive Director of Starts with Soap, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to combating inequitable education in U.S. public schools.

Morgan Smith

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Morgan is a sophomore majoring in International Political Economy. On campus, she is a member of Georgetown Global Consulting and writer for the Georgetown Caravel, a student-run international affairs newspaper.  Morgan also participates in the Centennial Lab researching best practices for child-focused immigration policy. While on a gap year, Morgan volunteered abroad and developed an interest in international migration and refugee policy. From working with refugees in Patras, Greece to consulting for iACT, a US-based refugee organization, Morgan is committed to advocating for those who have been displaced from their home countries.

Caleb Yip

Caleb is a sophomore studying International Politics with a minor in French. He serves on the Secretariat of Georgetown International Relations Association's Model UN conferences and writes for the Caravel, an international relations newspaper. Caleb is interested in international security, specifically in Europe and Eurasia, and aims to work in the State Department after graduation. This summer, he is interning at the State Department's International Security Bureau. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys reading Politico's Playbooks and watching The West Wing. As an immigrant and a first-generation college student, he is highly motivated to enter public service to give others the same opportunities that he is privileged to have in the U.S.

Internship Support

Through mentor consultations and institutional assistance, Paul F. Pelosi Scholars will receive support and guidance in obtaining an internship relevant to their specific academic interests and professional goals. The students will also receive a stipend commensurate with funding in order to pursue a full-time summer internship in public service.


Mentorship and experiential learning are the core of this program, and Paul F. Pelosi Scholars can expect to attend monthly meetings, trainings, informal discussions, formal networking, and career sessions with professors and practitioners throughout the academic year. Scholars will meet in small groups and individually with academic and practitioner mentors for guidance and career advice.


The Paul F. Pelosi Scholars will be a community of students, alumni, professors, and practitioners. After finishing their summer internship as a Paul F. Pelosi Scholars, participating students will reflect on their experience together and serve as mentors to the next class of scholars. Interested scholars will also have the opportunity to apply to serve on the PSI Board of Advisors as an alumni representative.


Scholars will attend a one-day training boot camp focused on the development of professional skills, with an emphasis on writing, briefing, and conducting research. Scholars will also attend training sessions and seminars throughout the year in order to acquire the skillset and knowledge necessary for a public service internship.


Scholars will have the opportunity to shadow a Georgetown alumnus working in public service in order to explore future career opportunities and connect with other Hoyas in the field.

Application Process

Interested students must submit the application package, which includes:

  • Completed application form
  • Unofficial academic transcript
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation, one speaking to your academic background and the other addressing applicable professional or leadership experience

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Application Evaluation Criteria

The cohort of Paul F. Pelosi Scholars will consist of sophomores and juniors in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Applicants are evaluated based on academic performance, professional and leadership experience, commitment to Georgetown's values, and demonstrated interest in public service. The selection process is holistic and includes both the written application and an interview.


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