Raymond Lu PO ‘11, an international relations major, was recently awarded a Carnegie Junior Fellowship, which will send him to Washington, D.C., to work at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for one year.
Lu applied first to Pomona and was one of two finalists from the school selected to interview at the organization in March. Lu beat out international relations, politics, and economics majors from almost 400 participating schools to receive one of nine Junior Fellowships.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a non-profit foreign policy think tank that works around the globe to promote policies of peace in international relations.
“Their primary goal is to take a fairly non-partisan, straight-shooter approach to fairly contentious foreign policy issues,” Lu said.
During his time in D.C., Lu will work as a research assistant in the Asia Program, a Beijing and Washington, D.C.-based program that analyzes economic, security, and political developments in the Asia-Pacific region in order to support international peace.
“A lot of the work that goes into the Asia Program is animated by the belief that engaging China as it grows in power and influence will be vital to preserving peace in East Asia,” Lu said. “[It is also concerned with] addressing a whole host of global problems such as trade imbalances, climate change, and non-proliferation.”
Lu said he hopes to become more acquainted with security measures relating to China, as he already has internship and practical experience with Chinese domestic policy. He has held internship positions at the National Republican Institute in D.C., at Freedom House in New York, and at a non-governmental organization in China.
Lu said that, in the research-based work he has done before, “you don’t really see the impact of the work you’re doing—it’s very cerebral.” He sees the fellowship as “a good way to get exposure to the intersection between research and policy.”
While Lu will still be doing research, he will also attend forums, meetings, and panels around D.C. relating to policy and relations between the United States and China.
After the fellowship is over, Lu said he may attend graduate or law school. He said he hopes the fellowship will shed light on whether he wants to pursue a career in academia or in the world of foreign policy.
Lu's adviser, politics professor Elizabeth Crighton, said she believes Lu will go far after completing the fellowship.
“[He is] certainly one of the best students I have taught in [my] 35 years at Pomona,” she said. “Smart as a whip, incredibly well-informed, and passionate about I.R., … Chinese politics, and U.S. foreign policy… Raymond will be a mover and shaker someday.”