Professional Work Fellowships
public policy & law
DON'T MISS THIS ONE - Nonprofit and Public Policy Fellowships
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- Idealist.org provides an excellent compendium of work fellowships.
DON'T MISS THIS ONE: Fellowship Opportunities
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- Searchable database of fellowships - some are fellowships for undergraduate and graduate study, others for work opportunities, others for internships.
- VISTA is a public interest law office searching for a candidate to help with long-term capacity building, which involves multiple projects
- Typical VISTA candidate is a recent college grad, likely heading for law school and wanting to do a year of service
- VISTA offers a one year position (beginning in January), $909/month "living allowance," plus $4,725 education award at the end of the year
- Please contact David L. Mandel at the Senior Legal Hotline by early December for further information
- Phone: (916) 551-2142
- Sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy, a non-profit leader in global education
- Fellowship available to a recent graduate or young professional interested in joining the organization’s staff in New Haven, CT
- The fellowship is intended for a young leader who is interested in a dynamic and fast-paced, full-time job that will offers a hands-on introduction to the fields of global education, non-profit management and youth organizing
- Offers a stipend of $1,250 per month (before taxes) for a 4 to 6 month period
- Application: rolling, usually beginning in November
- Questions regarding the internship program may be directed to Seth Green at 203-773-1202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Work experience designed to provide graduating seniors with an educational, challenging and productive experience in public policy work on a wide range of peace and environmental issues, and to encourage participants to consider a profession in public policy work.
- DURATION: a one-year fellowship, usually starting in May.
- Call for an application, 202-833-2020.
- The Angie Martin Public Interest Fellowship is open to undergrad, grad, or recent graduates that display an interest in advocacy, social justice and social change.
- Work on programs such as the Capacity Builing Program and the Tobacco Control Project. Projects include writing and editing articles, developing advocacy case studies, training for global social change leaders, and interviewing and research.
- The position is paid, full-time for 6 months at the Advocacy Institute in Washington D.C. (note: a summer internship position is also available).
- VISTA is a part of AmeriCorps involving full-time commitment for a year at very low pay (called a "living allowance"), decent benefits (including relocations expenses) and eligibility for a $4,725 award toward education upon successful completion
- The program is for College graduate students likely headed for law school.
- 1 year work opportunity in legal services and other public interest law before starting law school.
- The role is defined mostly as "capacity building" -- helping us develop our systems of outreach, volunteer recruitment and training, information management, fund development, etc., as opposed to providing direct legal services(but there could be some opportunity for direct legal services as well).
- Looking for 2 candidates to work for the program with some differing skills(computers, language) to start as soon as late January. Might be postponed till April or summer if we don't find great candidates right away.
- Senate Fellows serve as professional Senate staff members and earn graduate units from California State University, Sacremento.
- Fellows develop an understanding of the legislative process and how it relates to their chosen fields of work as well as to their other areas of interest.
- Fellows are expected to have a strong interest in public policy and politics; however, prior legislative experience is not required.
- Applicants must be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university and authorized to work in the United States for the duration of the program.
- Application Deadline: usually February
- Executive Fellows function as full-time professional staff at various levels of California's Executive Branch including offices of the Governor, Constitutional Officers, Cabinet Secretaries, commissions, departments and programs.
- Fellows attend weekly university graduate seminars and earn 12 graduate units in Public Policy and Administration.
- Fellows are provided with the unique position of having dual status as a CSU employee and graduate student.
- Benefits include: Monthly stipend of $1,972; Health, dental, and vision benefits; Paid student fees; Student loan deferment; 12 graduate units and Student and staff campus priviledges.
- Applicants must demonstrate commitment to California and public service, academic and professional achievement, interest in and knowledge of the California Executive Branch, and effective written and oral communications skills.
- Application Deadline: usually February
- a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena
- The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis
- Sixty-Eight Fellows are chosen nationally each year through a highly competitive selection process, including a day-long assessment at each center’s city
- The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on issues fundamental to the future of the Internet and its users.
- Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more.
- Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,000 for 10 weeks.
- The Judicial Administration Fellowship was developed in response to the need to educate and train professionals and leaders who will rise to the judiciary's growing policy challenges and administrative complexities.
- Fellows learn about the administration of justice by working with court administrators throughout the state, in offices, including the Supreme Court of California; Trial Courts throughout California; the Second District Court of Appeal; and the Judicial Council Office of Governmental Affairs.
- Fellows receive: Monthly stipend of $1,972; Health, dental, and vision benefits; Paid university enrollment and student fees; and Student loan deferment.
- Applicants must be 20 years of age and have a minimum four-year bachelor's degree; Be prepared for full-time employment (Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM)
- Application Deadline: usually February
- This unique program provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages, ethinic backgrounds and experiences to directly participate in the legislative process.
- The 11 month fellowship provides an introduction to public policy formation and adoption in the California Legislature through full-time work as a professional legislative staff member.
- Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1972 and comprehensive medical, dental and vision benefits.
- As graduate students, fellows are eligible to defer payments on student loans during the 11 month period.
- Applicants must be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university
- Individuals from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.
- Application Deadline: usually February
- Contact Information
- Contact: Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship
Address: 1020 M Street, Suite 402, Sacramento, CA 95814
- Contact: Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship
- This year Boston College will nominate up to two students for the Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program.
- The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization in Washington, D.C. which conducts programs of research, discussion, publication and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy.
- Ten students will be hired to work at the Endowment on a full-time basis for a period of one year. All fellowships begin in July, and selection decisions will usually be made no later than April 15th.
- Assignments: Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working on the Endowment's projects such as non-proliferation, democracy building, international economics, migration and Russian and Eurasian affairs. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.
- Qualifications: Applicants must be nominated by the College. Applications are accepted only from graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies. Applicants should have completed a significant amount of coursework in international affairs, political science, economics, history, sociology, anthropology, or Russian studies.. The selection process for the Junior Fellows Program is very competitive; accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.
- Duration: All fellowships begin in July. All Junior Fellows are hired for a period of approximately one year.
- A full time, graduate-level program offering intensive, experienced-based leadership training in public affairs.
- For nine months, Coro Fellows spend at least 50 hours a week in a unique series of internships, interviews, public service projects and seminars.
- Each year the Fellows program involves hundreds of community leaders as field faculty, project mentors, mystery guests, selection judges, sponsors of boards and advisory councils.
- For more information please click on the above link or call (212) 248-2935, ext. 229.
- Application Deadline: usually beginning of January
- Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, the Program is designed to encourage a college graduate who has commitment to the Asian Pacific American community to pursue a public policy career.
- The Fellowship lasts for nine months, from June to March, and provides a stipend of $15,000 to cover travel arrangements, housing, and personal expenses. Medical Insurance will also be furnished (as of 2002-2003 academic year).
- The Fellow will have the opportunity to engage in research on policy issues and will be expected to write a substantial paper during the Fellowship.
- Requirements: Open to all applicants holding a bachelor's degree usually by mid-June. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
- Application Procedure: All candidates must submit a completed application form, including a description of extracurricular activities and an essay on the specified topic, an official transcript from each of the undergraduate and/or graduate school(s) attended by the applicant, a resume, and two letters of recommendation from persons not related to the applicant.
- All application materials should be should be sent to: APAICS, 209 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003-1107
- The Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL) Fellowships Program was launched in 1992 to address the shortage of attorneys working on behalf of traditionally under-served populations and causes in the United States and its territories. Recognizing that many obstacles prevent committed attorneys from practicing public interest law, including the dearth of entry-level jobs and daunting educational debts, the program provides financial and technical support to lawyers working on innovative and effective legal projects.
- The two-year fellowships offer salary and generous loan repayment assistance; a national training and leadership development program; and other forms of support during the term of the fellowship.
- Open to third-year law students, recent law graduates and experienced attorneys.
- College graduates may apply for full-time, four-to-six month Fellowships in Washington, DC.
- Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues.
- Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.
- Fellows will receive a monthly stipend, health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC.
- Application Deadlines: Fall Fellowship-usually early February; Spring Fellowship- usually October.
- For more information, contact:
- The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Suite 211
Washington, DC 20002
TEL (202) 546-0795
Email to: email@example.com
- The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
- An award is given to university students who propose projects that will involve them in some aspect of public service in the U.S. or abroad. The award is meant to enable students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or a semester. Preference will be given applicants who have already found such a position but who require additional funding.
- Address: J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund, 1524 31st Street N.W., Washington, DC 20007-3074.
- The Institute (Jerusalem and Washington DC) invites top college graduates in strategic studies, international relations, political science and related fields to apply for a fellowship program in Washington, DC, beginning October. The program consists of three parts.
- The first part is eight weeks of seminars (October to December) taught by recognized scholars in their fields, including Dr. Angelo M. Codevilla, the Program's director. During this portion of the Program the Fellows are trained in substantive areas including the fundamentals of missile defense, geopolitics, and an introduction to security and strategy. A comprehensive examination is given in each course at the end of this rigorous portion of the Program.
- Part two is subsequent placement in a Congressional committee, subcommittee, or Member's office as a research fellow. During the Congressional portion of the Program, IASPS Strategic Fellows concentrate on areas particularly important to the Committee staff or their Member of Congress.
- The third part of the Program is the most challenging. Beginning in December, Fellows will begin to prepare a proposal for a piece of original research that they will submit for publication in our series: IASPS Research Papers in Strategy. After having the topic approved, the Fellow must produce a paper of 25 -35 pages that will serve as a model for the work they might do at the highest levels of policy making.
- Successful applicants who are offered enrollment in the program may apply for a modest monthly stipend ($1,000) from November, to the close of the program, sometime between late spring and the close of Congress.
- Interested students should visit the web site to review the material and download an application.
- The World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy is offering a fellowship to students who have a graduate degree in International Relations, Politics, or other relate fields, who is interested in striving for reform among the United Nations.
- Individuals must have work experience international affairs and ideally, UN issues.
- Fellowship lasts six months and includes a stipend of $6,000 plus reimbursement for transportation.
- Application Deadline: Usually mid-December
- A summer internship program in Washington DC for undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students with an interest in public policy
- In addition to a full time internship, the fellowship includes
- $1,500 Stipend
- Furnished housing and airfare
- Seminars on public policy
- Career development workshops
- The Koch Associate Program is looking to hire 30-50 liberty-minded leaders and entrepreneurs who have an interest in the non-profit sector.
- During the year, paid program, Associates work in non-profit roles four days a week and spend one day a week at the Foundation learning Market Based Management.
- Associates can have zero to ten years of experience and may be just entering the workforce or coming from an established career.
- This award provides an unparalleled opportunity for the Fellow to obtain hands-on, practical experience with data imperfections and real-life economic issues within a highly respected, nonpartisan, scholarly organization dedicated to raising the level of economic policy debates and improving public policy.
- The fellow will receive an annual stipend of $37,000.
- Minimum requirements: Bachelors degree in economics or related field, outstanding academic record, mathematical background and aptitude necessary for entry into a top graduate program. Business and/or research experience will be taken into consideration.
- Application/nomination procedures: Applications and nominations should be addressed to: Coordinator, Levy Forecasting Fellowship Program, The Jerome Levy Economics Institute, Levy Forecasting Center, 69 South Moger Avenue, Mt. Kisco, New York 10549.
- More information is contained in this letter from the Chairman of the Levy Institute.
- An academically rigorous, full-time graduate program comprised of academic course work and field experience, leading to a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Bernard M. Baruch College, School of Public Affairs, City University of New York.
- Program elements include:
- Initial summer semester on the Baruch campus
- Nine-month mentorship assignment
- Mid-Year Conference
- Final summer semester at Baruch
- During the mentorship, Fellows complete course work via correspondence with the Baruch faculty. A MPA is awarded to Fellows upon completion of all academic and program requirements.
- The stipend is issued monthly and is fully taxable. Although the award is generous, acceptance of the fellowship will, in most cases, involve sacrifice. In addition, to the stipend, Fellows receive: Full payment of tuition, Relocation allowance, Book allowance, Reimbursement for program related travel.
- These programs offer outstanding college seniors and graduate students the opportunity and challenge of an intensive field work experience in urban government.
- Fellows work closely with City officials on long- and short-term projects and attend weekly seminars to get an academic perspective on the workings and problems of local government.
- Urban Fellows are selected annually in a nationwide competition and serve for a full academic year, from mid-September to mid-June. Government Fellows participate in a 10-week program.
- They receive a stipend from the City and a choice of paid health insurance plans.
- A fellow must be about to start his/her senior year, or must be an accepted or actual graduate student.
- All students who are interested in an involvement in urban government are encouraged to apply regardless of previous field of training.
- For further information write: Director, Urban Fellows Program, 32 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013.
- The PMI Program was designed to attract to the federal service outstanding graduate students from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have an interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs.
- Assignments as a PMI may involve domestic or international issues, technological changes, criminal justice, health research, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.
- Eligibility: Individuals eligible to be nominated for the PMI Program are graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines completing or expecting to complete a master's or doctoral-level degree from an accredited college or university during the current academic year. Students need to be nominated for the PMI Program by the appropriate dean, director or chairperson of their graduate academic program.
- Deadline: October 31 every year.
- The Partnership for Public Service offers fellowships to undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in public service. No specific major required.
- Positions available in 9 different focus areas. You can apply for multiple positions but must fill out separate applications for each.
- Stipends are based on education level.
- Volunteer applications will also be accepted.
- Deadline: October 28, 2011
- Publius Fellowships will be awarded to highly qualified college seniors, recent college graduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in politics, scholarship, or journalism.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For more information call (909) 621-6825
- Up to twelve Publius fellowships will be awarded.
- Each Fellow will receive a stipend in the amount of $1000.
- Travel expenses of each Fellow will be provided for up to $500.
- Accommodations and most meals will be provided.
- Provides recent college graduates with a remarkable opportunity to gain practical experience in economic research, report development, policy analysis, and task force management.
- The Public Policy Internship is a one-year internship that runs from the beginning of July through the following June. Students from all disciplines with research and report experience are encouraged to apply. However, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree by the start of the internship.
- In addition to research responsibilities, the intern will be charged with managing county policy advisory groups and task forces, comprised of leaders from local businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and community groups.
- Application Deadline: mid-December (arrive in the EDB office)
- Compensation: Approx. $38,000 - $40,000, DOE
- The Center administers the Assembly and Executive Fellowship, Senate Associates, and the Judicial Administration Fellowship programs. These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Associates, 18 Executive Fellows and 5 Judicial Administration
- Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California.
- Deadline: early February
- Contact The Center for California Studies, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819, telephone (916) 278-6906 E-mail: email@example.com or visit www.csus.edu/calst/programs/programs for more information.
- One fellow is based at the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice, located in the Supreme Court of the United States. The Administrative Assistant aids the Chief Justice in his administrative, policy, and ceremonial responsibilities for the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary. The Administrative Assistant serves as a liaison for the Chief Justice to these agencies, the legislative and executive branches, and other non-judicial entities.
- The fellow based at the Court participates in long-range projects as well as day-to-day administrative tasks, and is assisted by two Judicial Interns operating under the fellow's supervision.
- Contact: Administrative Director, Supreme Court Fellows Program, Room 5, Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C. 20543 or email FellowsProgram@supremecourt.gov
- Application deadline: mid November
- As an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student interested in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service, you may apply for this fellowship that offers tuition, room, board, and fees during your junior and senior years of college, and for the attainment of a master's degree related to international affairs.
- Undergraduate Fellowships are open to students enrolled in their sophomore year of college at the time of application.
- Students who will have received their bachelor's degree and will be enrolled in the first year of a two-year full-time master's degree program relevant to international affairs are eligible for the Graduate Fellowship.
- Only United States citizens will be considered for the Pickering Fellowships. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
- The Application and Supporting Documents must be received usually by February.
- TRPI directs research and analyses on issues related to political and civil engagement, education and the economic well being of the Latino community. The TRPI Public Policy Fellowship Program targets bright, enthusiastic graduate-level students from across the country to offer them experience in conducting relevant research which can biased to inform community leaders, policymakers, and other experts in formulating public policy affecting U.S. Latinos.
- For eight weeks, two Fellows will participate in ongoing research projects at the Institute's Claremont, California office in a professional, nonprofit, nonpartisan research-oriented setting. Each Fellow will work full-time under the direction of one of TRPI's Senior Researchers. Participating Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,000 (as of 2002-2003 academic year).
UPS Corporate Public Affairs - LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION
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- One-year Full-time Paid Internship: Starts in June.
- Deadline for application in March
- Washington, DC. The Public Affairs Office is responsible for handling governmental affairs issues of UPS at the international, federal, and state levels. These issues include, but are not limited to, postal competition, trade, labor, and aviation.
- Duties and Responsibilities: Assisting in research and supporting Public Affairs management staff; Drafting position papers, speeches and testimony on legislative activity affecting UPS; Tracking and monitoring legislative activity on bills that may affect UPS; Event planning for various meetings and corporate visits; Attending hearings, briefings, and negotiations.
- Two-year paid internship
- US PIRG is looking to train leaders who are capable of organizing and winning results for the public interest.
- Qualifications: recent grads interested in public interest advocacy and administration. Experience with campus groups or student government, academic acheivement, commitment, and outstanding verbal, written and leadership skills are valued.
- Salaries and Benefits: $23,750 in the first year and $24,250 in the second with two weeks paid vacation time in the first year, and three weeks in the second, eligible to opt in to the group health plan and in the 401K plan, in the second year.
- Locations nationwide.
- Day-to-day work may include lobbying, research and report writing, contact with the media, coalition organizing, running grassroots citizen outreach campaigns, and campaign development.
- Apply online.
- Two-year development program designed to provide participants with the necessary skills and competencies for future advancment within the Department.
- Applications accepted from usually from the end of January to beginning of February.
- Full-time policy analysis in Families USA's Health Policy Department based in Washington, D.C.
- Designed to provide a national perspective on health care justice work and the opporunity to learn about a range of health care issues.
- Fellowship lasts one year: start in August and end in July.
- One Villers Fellow is selected each year.
- Annual salary of approximately $38,000 and excellent health care benefits.
- Deadline: January 15, 2010.
- Students with an interest in cooperative security, conflict resolution, and disarmament are eligible for fellowships offered by the Winston Foundation for World Peace.
- Who should apply: Juniors and seniors in college, recent graduates (within one year of completing an undergraduate degree), and graduate students. In an effort to bring young people into the public interest community, we especially encourage applicants without extensive experience working in non-profit organizations. The project may be from 2-4 months during the academic year (one semester) or the summer.
- A stipend of $1,200 per month is provided for the duration of the project (as of 2002-2003 academic year).
- Deadlines are typically March 1 (for summer), July 15 (for fall semester), and November 1 (for spring semester).
- Address: Winston Foundation for World Peace, 2040 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, Tel: (202) 483-4215 Fax: (202) 483-4219 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fellows work hand in hand with leaders in government. They enjoy private, informal meetings with leading representatives from the worlds of business, the arts, science and technology, media, and politics. Fellows travel abroad to explore issues of global significance and they travel at home to see U.S. policy in action.
- Selection Criteria: Applicants must be U.S. citizens; Employees of the Federal Government are not eligible unless they are career military personnel; Applicants should be out of school and working in their chosen profession
- Deadline: usually early February.
- Read a profile of Jennifer Franke, Philosophy major, BC 1991, who became a White House Fellow.
- The Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency Program will place
25 college graduates as AmeriCorps members in participating legal services
organizations throughout Massachusetts. Members will work under
professional supervision in providing legal assistance to low-income people
in civil (non-criminal) matters. Members will be exposed to a wide range of
legal assistance activities beginning with initial client contact and
eligibility determinations, to case development, negotiation, hearing and
appeal. The following civil law areas are commonly practiced in
participating legal services organizations:
- Domestic Relations/Domestic Violence
- Income Maintenance and Health Benefits
- Legal Problems of Elders
- Community Group Representation
- AmeriCorps members will also conduct legal education and outreach
activities, as well as developing volunteer resources for their legal
service organization. Members will have defined responsibilities for
completing training, conducting case activities, and fostering volunteering.
- Geared towards graduating college seniors planning to pursue doctoral programs in economics or affiliated programs (e.g. economic history, law and economics, public policy, etc.)
- Program is also open to students who have been enrolled in doctoral programs for no longer than two years.
- Four week program, in which 5-10 students selected will participate in seminars on property rights, money and banking, economic methodology, business cycle analysis and more. Students will also attend AIER's summer lecture series
- Students receive room and board as well as a $300 weekly stipend.
- For more information click on the link above.
- Deadline: usually March.