Congressional Fellows Program

Program Dates: August 13, 2018 – May 15, 2020

CBCF Fellows work in congressional member and committee offices, attend leadership development seminars, complete a community service project and produce policy papers. During the first-year office placement, Fellows gain invaluable experience as they assist in the development of legislative and public policy initiatives in CBC Member Offices. Fellows work 40 hours per week on a range of staff assignments, including legislative analysis, responding to constituent mail, drafting talking points and speeches for members, and coordinating logistics and public testimony for Congressional hearings. During the second half of the program, fellows transition to a congressional committee. The committee placement complements their experience in a member’s office and provides the fellows with a full view of the legislative process.

Fellows also have educational enrichment opportunities through seminars on policy and politics. These seminars explore hot-button policy issues, the politics of policymaking and policy implementation, and evaluation of policy already implemented. As a cohort, the Fellows develop and implement a community service project. Fellows are also exposed to the history and work of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and prepared to analyze the impact of policies on African Americans and other minority groups.

*U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S. through May 2020
*Graduate/professional degree in public policy, health, science and technology or other relevant field; must be completed before start of program
*Familiarity with the U.S. legislative process, Congress, and the Congressional Black Caucus
*Commitment to creating and implementing policy to improve the living conditions of underserved and underrepresented individuals
*Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black young professionals who have earned a graduate or professional degree

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you legally eligible to work or study in the U.S?
  2. If applicable: Visa Type
  3. Please upload an *official* electronic transcript. Screenshots will NOT be accepted. Transcripts can also be submitted by mail before the application deadline (applicants may upload their transcript request confirmation or receipt in this space as a placeholder).
  4. If applicable: Date of Exipration
  5. Please request an additional letter of recommendation (from an individual other than those requested on your General Application).
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