Senior political science major Mokhtar Awad has been selected as a Carnegie Junior Fellow for 2012-2013. Mokhtar will work as a research assistant to the senior associates in the Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Mokhtar is the first Texas A&M student ever to be nominated or selected for this prestigious fellowship. Mokhtar was selected for the Fall 2011 Public Policy Internship Program and he recently completed an internship in Washington, D.C.
The Carnegie Junior Fellows Program awards 8-10 fellowships each year to exceptional graduating seniors or recent graduates. Close to 400 nominating institutions participate in the program; these nominations are narrowed to a pool of 25-30 for a rigorous interview process that requires language fluency and in-depth knowledge of the region.
After completing his fellowship, Mokhtar hopes to build a career with an NGO or think-tank that covers Middle Eastern issues and writes about political developments.