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 have a hunger to 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, especially given the competitive nature of the current workforce. 

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, senior, or recent graduate considering a career that spans the globe, such as being a diplomat working for a multinational company, or joining a nonprofit organization with a global mission. Program participants are called Albrecht Fellows and become part of a robust network of like-minded peers at the high school and college levels. 

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.

Share your

Are you an Albrecht Fellow who is making an impact in the world? Let us know. We are always looking for opportunities to share the exciting things our fellows are doing.

Fellowship at a Glance 

  • Learn about complex issues such as sustainability and disinformation  
  • Develop leadership and personal brand-building skills and cross-cultural awareness
  • Give back to the community by participating in a day of service
  • Build long-lasting working relationships with like-minded peers and mentors 
  • Meet over eight Saturdays from January through June

Learn from the Pros

Bruce McIndoe Presents to the Albrecht Fellows

Sessions are led by business leaders and other experts from the WTCI network, all of whom are affiliated with Mid-Atlantic entities that work globally – such as The Institute of Marine Environmental Technology, Mindgrub, Soccer Without Borders, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. 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 face and how they are addressing them; add the fellowship experience to your college application; become part of the Albrecht Fellows network and connect with professionals in global careers
  • For educators: Prepare your students for careers of global importance and help build the next generations of global citizens
  • For hosting organizations: Help future generations learn about industry solutions to global challenges and get inspired by the work of global business and nonprofit communities

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 fellows are selected for the fellowship each year. Applicants must be curious, engaged, and open to diverse perspectives, interested in finding solutions to local and global challenges,  and able to attend all sessions. The program fee is $495. Some scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Applications for the 2024 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 fellowship 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 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.

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 Nina Bankova at fellowships@wtci.org.

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