The Congressional Fellowship Program equips early career-policy professionals who are committed to contributing to public policy with the necessary skills by being placed in the Senate, House of Representatives and other select offices to become the next generation of leaders in public service. The program is an intensive 12-month policy training and leadership development program which enables fellows to receive hands-on public policy training as full-time legislative aides and policy analysts. CBCF fellowship discipline areas include Cybersecurity, Diversity & Technology, Finance & Economics, Foreign Policy, Energy, Environment Sustainability, Health, Science & Technology, Women’s & Health.
During the first 6-months, fellows are placed in a congressional office and gain invaluable experience as they represent the member at briefings, stakeholder meetings, and similar official events; conduct quality research; write speeches, opening remarks, and other written work products as assigned; research and provide policy recommendations on relevant issues; recommending co-sponsorships of or amendments to legislation to the Member; monitor legislative activity on the House or Senate floor; and handle long-term and short-term legislative planning for the member of Congress.
During the last 6-months, fellows transition to a congressional committee. The committee placement complements their experience in a member’s office and provides fellows with a full view of the legislative process including overseeing a bill move from the committee to the floor; recommending strategies and tactics on bills and positions, and writing and reviewing legislative memos.
• U.S. citizenship or a permit to work in the U.S. for the duration of the program (currently September 2021 through September 2022);
• Familiarity with the federal legislative process, the U.S. Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus, and its members, and related policy;
• Superior analytical skills, outstanding oral and written communication skills;
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice either through public policy, professional experience, or community-related activism aimed at improving the living conditions for the African American community.
The completed online application must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET, July 16, 2021.
The following items will be requested through the online application:
o 2 Essay Question Responses
o 2 letters of recommendation, submitted electronically (hard copy letters will not be accepted)
o Resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills (2-page
o Cover letter discussing the applicant’s academic and professional background, and explaining the applicant’s
interest in the fellowship, how the fellowship fits into the applicant’s career plans, and any experience that
would make the applicant highly effective in this position (2-page limit)
o A recent photograph suitable for publication (i.e., a graduation photo or other professional-quality photograph
in which the subject is formally dressed)
The selection process is highly competitive. Annually, CBCF accepts fewer than 10% of those who apply for four available fellowship positions per cycle. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of CBCF staff and external partners. Only top candidates receive an invitation to interview for a select number of fellowship opportunities, based on the quality of their application and demonstrated interest in social justice policy. Finalist are selected and notified by the CBCF. Any incomplete or late application packets will not be reviewed.
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