Aerospace-Defense Fellowship Program

The Congressional Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of Congress and policymaking through fellowship placement in the Senate, House of Representative, and other select offices. Congressional Fellow also attends an intensive orientation and enjoy an array of enrichment activities throughout the fellowship year. CBCF Fellows work in congressional member and committee offices, attend leadership development seminars, complete a community service project, implementation of policy forums and produce policy papers.

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.

Aerospace/Defense Fellowship applicants must demonstrate a commitment to aerospace and defense either through public policy or through professional experience, as well as, a commitment to creating and implementing public policy to improve living conditions for underserved and underrepresented individuals. Candidates must have at least five years of community activism or grassroots organizing in a leadership position or a graduate or professional degree completed prior to the fellowship start date.

Interested and Qualified Applicants should complete all fields in the online application and submit a cover letter (2 pages maximum) and a short resume (2 pages maximum). The cover letter should explain the applicant’s interest in this specific fellowship, how the fellowship fits into the applicant’s career plans, and attributes or experience that would make the applicant highly effective in this position. Finalist interviews will be conducted via webcam. Any incomplete or late application packets will not be reviewed.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Essay 1: You are working in the office of a congressional member as a subject matter expert in your respective profession. Draft a memo to your congressional member discussing three policy areas that you deem most critical to the advancement of the black community, why your representative should prioritize these items on his/her agenda, and how s/he can create awareness on these issues. Be sure to cite your sources. [1,000 words maximum]
  2. Essay 2: Choose a bill that you find most relevant to the black community in the last three congressional sessions. Discuss the current status of the legislation, the key members involved with the issue, and the potential or current effects of the legislation on the black community. Be sure to cite your sources. [1,000 words maximum]