Albrecht Fellowship for High School Students

Help future leaders jump start their global careers

Take your learning to the next level. 

High school is a time to dive deep into the fundamentals. Students are focused on such things as American history, biology and classic literature. But some of them take their learning to the next level. They want to know how they can make a difference in the world and what skills they need to do so. 

That is where the Albrecht Fellowship for high school students comes into play. This World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) fellowship is open to any sophomore, junior or senior considering a career that spans the globe, such as being a diplomat or working for a multinational company. The students participate in our Youth Diplomats program, which meets one Saturday a month from January through August. 


Support the Albrecht Fellowship

Help cultivate our region's next generation of global leaders by supporting this fellowship.

Apply for an Albrecht Fellowship

Click on the button below to apply for the next cohort of Albrecht fellows, which begins in January.

Fellowship at a Glance 

  • Learn about such issues as sustainability and refugee migration  
  • Develop skills related to how to resolve conflict and communicate across cultures 
  • Have an opportunity to give back to the community by participating in a day of service  
  • Build long-lasting working relationships with like-minded peers and mentors 
  • Complete a project to demonstrate your understanding of global cultures and business issues 

Learn from the Pros

Bruce McIndoe Presents to the Albrecht Fellows

Youth Diplomats sessions are led by business leaders and other experts from the WTCI network, all whom are affiliated with Mid-Atlantic entities that work globally – such as people from The Nature Conservancy, Soccer Without Borders and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Check out the 2022 program and see the cadre of speakers from previous years.

Top Reasons to Participate:

  • For students: Learn about the challenges countries around the world are facing and how they are addressing them; add the fellowship experience to your college application; and earn 25 service-learning hours. 
  • For educators: Get assistance in preparing your students for global careers. 
  • For business leaders: Help the Mid-Atlantic retain top talent, including where you work. 

Faces of WTCI

Finding the Path to Success

When it was time for her to think about opportunities after High School, she wanted to explore all of the options. Coming from a military family, the United States Air Force seemed like a natural fit. But a guidance counselor honed in on her passion for helping others and an interest in politics and suggested the Youth Diplomats program.

Become a Fellow

Approximately 30 people are selected for the program each year. Applicants must be curious about the world; open to diverse perspectives; committed to making an impact locally and globally; and advocates for equality, human rights and peace. Applications for the 2023 cohort are due by November 15th. 

“Throughout our lessons, I thought of how I can strengthen my connections to this world and society as a global leader…This experience will always have a special place in my heart.”

- Zen Gordon of Baltimore Polytechnic School, 2021 Albrecht Fellow

Fellowship Founder:
Dr. James Albrecht

The idea to create the Youth Diplomats program came from Baltimore icon Dr. James Albrecht. The program marries two of his lifelong interests: youth education and global business. Bringing those interests together under the umbrella of WTCI was a natural, as Dr. Albrecht has been involved with the organization for more than three decades. He was a member of the first WTCI Board of Directors. The aptly named Albrecht Fellowships are awarded to participants of the Youth Diplomats and Global Pathways for Students programs.

Jim Albrecht - Albrecht Fellowships Founder

 Albrecht Fellowships Committee

The Albrecht Fellowship is sponsored by:


Need More Info?

For more information about the Albrecht Fellowship, contact Gina Buck or Nina Bankova at fellowships@wtci.org.

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