Program Coordinator, Presidential Fellows

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jan 11

Position description

The program coordinator will support the Vice President of Programs and External Affairs in managing the Presidential Fellows program, a leadership development program for undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in politics and public policy. This individual will be responsible for the day-to-day program operations including communicating with the participants, liaising with external stakeholders and vendors, executing virtual and in-person events, coordinating social media and email activity, developing event ideas, managing a database of contacts, and organizing the program curriculum. In addition, the program coordinator will assist with executing digital and in-person events across the organization, as necessary.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Manage the daily operations of the Presidential Fellows program including communicating with Fellows, planning and executing events, and maintaining program schedules. 
  •  Contribute to the development of the program curriculum and agenda for webinars and an annual multi-day conference.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of the annual conference including arranging travel, communicating with speakers, monitoring the budget, and liaising with vendors. 
  • Oversee the production of the Fellows Review (an anthology of the best work produced by each class of Fellows) including providing design assistance, copy editing, and organizing distribution.
  • Coordinate social media activity and email campaigns.
  • Manage and update a database of alumni and other key contacts and mailing lists.
  • Prepare and update program brochures, newsletters, and other marketing materials. 
  • Advise Fellows on their research projects including helping them develop an appropriate research plan, identify a precise and narrow research question, and construct a coherent argument.
  • Issue and process invoices.
  • Supervise intern projects for the program.

Other duties include:

  • Assist with executing digital and in-person event logistics across the organization.
  • Support outreach to Congress including executing events, managing a database of contacts, recording engagement, and arranging meetings.


  • A Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of professional experience.
  • Event management experience. 
  • Ability to multitask, juggling multiple projects with tight deadlines in a team environment.
  • Must be a positive self-starter who brings energy and enthusiasm, and the ability to work with a broad range of people within and outside the Center.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • High level of maturity, professionalism, poise, and excellent judgment and discretion. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage professionally with internal and external audiences.
  • Experience developing social media content in a professional environment. 
  • Strong research and writing skills. 
  • A demonstrable interest in U.S. politics, history, international affairs, or national security. 

About the Presidential Fellows Program

The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) created the Presidential Fellows Program in 1970 to inspire college students to become the public servants that would guide our nation’s future.

Today, the program continues that mission by providing top collegiate students with a year-long opportunity to study the U.S. presidency, the policymaking process, and our president’s relationships with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public. The Fellows learn about leadership and governance, share their outstanding research, and explore careers in public service.

Since its inception, the Fellows Program has developed leadership skills in more than 1,500 students. A number of our Fellows have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and Gates Scholarships. Alumni of the Fellows Program have gone on to work as elected officials, Capitol Hill and White House staff, award-winning journalists, CEOs of corporations and non-profit organizations, senior military leaders, and university presidents and deans.

Program Highlights: 

  • Travel to Washington D.C. - Fellows travel to Washington, D.C. for a leadership conference. During this multi-day event, they discuss today’s most pressing challenges and innovative ideas while interacting with national policymakers and leading experts.
  • Research - The centerpiece of the Fellowship is the students’ original research paper on the key issues of the past, present, and/or future as they relate to the presidency and Congress. Each Fellow is assigned a mentor to help guide them through the writing process.
  • Publishing and Awards - All students present their research at the leadership conference and are eligible to receive one of five monetary awards for their papers while competing for publication in the program's academic journal, The Fellows Review.
  • Global Engagement - Fellows have the chance to network with peers from across the globe through the International Presidential Fellows Program. Fellows from Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Spain, South Africa, and other countries participate alongside their U.S. counterparts.
  • Special Events - Over the course of the program, the Fellows are invited to join special events like CSPC’s Annual Awards Dinner, which honors leading public servants including U.S. senators, governors, cabinet secretaries, and military leaders.

Application instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Sara Spancake.

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