Pitt Pickering Fellows connect at 2024 fellowship orientation

June 13, 2024

Pitt alumna and 2024 Pickering Fellowship winner Khadajah Muhammad recently connected with fellow Pitt alumnus and former Pickering winner Ambassador Dereck Hogan at the 2024 Pickering Fellowship Orientation hosted by Howard University.

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is designed to prepare students for careers in the U.S. Foreign Service by awarding winners financial assistance to obtain a master's degree in international affairs, participate in domestic and overseas internships, and receive a job appointment in the U.S. Foreign Service upon completion of the graduate degree. Ambassador Hogan began working for the U.S. State Department in 1997 after completing the Pickering Fellowship Program and has worked in several positions throughout his career, including Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Moldova, and Deputy Executive Secretary of the U.S. Department of State and Chargé d’affaires.

At orientation, Muhammad met and interacted with other Pickering Fellowship winners as they learned more about all aspects of the program and the skills necessary for success in a career with the Foreign Service. If you're interested in learning more about the Pickering Fellowship or how to apply, schedule an appointment with the Office of National Scholarships on Handshake today!

— Caitlin Pingree, photo courtesy of Khadajah Muhammad