Public Policy & Public Services Fellowships
Capital Fellows Program
The Capital Fellows Program is unique to the state of California. Fellows work as staff members in the California State Assembly, Senate, Executive or Judicial branch for 10-11 months. They are paid a monthly stipend (about $2000) and receive full health benefits. This is a great opportunity to participate in public service, policymaking and development. There are several programs offered:
- California Senate Fellows
- Executive Fellowship Program
- Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program
- Judicial Administration Fellowship Program
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field and have a demonstrated interest in policy making and public service. Graduate, post-graduate and mid-career applications are accepted. Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of appropriate immigration status. The Capital Fellows Programs do not meet the requirements for F-1 or J-1 visas.
CHCI Public Policy Fellowship
Begin your path toward becoming one of our nation's future Latino policymakers. Recent college graduates can take advantage of this paid fellowship, which opens doors for talented young Latinos who are pursuing a career in public policy. You will spend nine months working in Washington, D.C., with significant exposure to leaders in congressional offices, federal agencies, national nonprofit advocacy organizations, government-related institutes, and more—growing both personally and professionally during your fellowship experience.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Graduate Fellowship Program
CHCI's Graduate Fellowship Program is designed for exceptional emerging Latino leaders who want to immerse themselves in a specific public policy area. This paid, nine-month fellowship will provide you with valuable work experience, access to powerful Latino network, and a chance to showcase your public policy knowledge on Capitol Hill.
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Fellows spend 6-9 months working directly with organizations in Washington DC such as: Global Green USA, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Federation of American Scientists, Union of Concerned Scientists. Fellows are provided with a $3200 monthly stipend plus health insurance. Some of the issues covered by the Scoville Fellowship are: Environmental and Energy Security, including the Nexus of Climate Change and Energy Use, Conflict, and Resource Scarcity, Dismantling Chemical and Nuclear Weapons in the former Soviet Union, and Environmental Impact/Cleanup of Nuclear Weapons Production Complex.
Students must have an undergraduate degree before beginning their fellowships and a demonstrated interest in peace and security issues. Students should be good writers and comfortable with a fast-paced environment.
San Francisco Fellows Program & City Hall Fellows
The primary initiative of the City Hall Fellows is a 12-month-long, post-college, pre-graduate school Fellowship program that integrates hands-on, full-time work as city employees. These positions provide intensive, comprehensive, real-politic-focused training in how cities work and the people, issues and organizations that influence local policy. Fellows spend their service year working on high-need, high- impact municipal initiatives.
Fellows work on projects during the program that have a direct impact on City operations. They span a broad range of City functions, involving analytical, planning, and operational work in the Arts Commission, Public Utilities Commission, Recreation and Park, Airport, Municipal Transportation Agency, Controller, Public Works, and other City agencies. In addition to hands-on work experience and comprehensive professional development, Fellows will be paired with experienced mentors in City government. Over 90 Fellows have participated in the San Francisco Fellows Program predecessor, City Hall Fellows, which partnered with the City from 2008 through 2015.
There is no citizenship requirement for this program, however the program does not sponsor visas. Students must have earned a bachelor's degree by the start of the program, and graduate students are eligible to apply as long as they have earned their bachelor's degree within the last three years. Applicants from all majors and academic disciplines will be considered and are encouraged to apply. Fellows are expected to possess the following characteristics: (i) academic achievement, (ii) written and oral communication skills, (iii) leadership potential and ability, (iv) dedication to public service; and (v) an entrepreneurial spirit appropriate for participating in our growing program. While there is no GPA cut-off, the Fellowship is highly competitive. Additionally, preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a strong connection to the city for which they are applying.