Cybersecurity Policy Fellowship Program

Cybersecurity Policy Fellowship Program

The CBCF Cybersecurity Fellowship is an opportunity for early – mid career technology professionals to gain hands on experience working in Congress and learning about the policy making process. The program embraces diversity and believes that a wide range of views, backgrounds and experience will continue to improve policy outcomes. The Cybersecurity Fellow will apply experience in technology to a variety of work to include, but not limited to, research of relevant policymaking on issues such as cyber and election security, data and biometric privacy, AI policy, autonomous vehicle regulations, and health IT encryption and disinformation. The Fellow will also participate in expert briefings, strategy development seminars, help keep Members of Congress and Congressional staff up to speed on technology issues, interact with senior leaders and experts in government, industry and academia, and contribute to external publications.

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, recommend 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.

Candidate Requirements
• 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

Application Materials
• 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)

Selection Process
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. Finalists are selected and notified by the CBCF. Any incomplete or late application packets will not be reviewed.

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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, and 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 social justice policy issue (i.e., criminal justice reform, Black maternal health, school-to prison pipeline, public education, or racial discrimination in the workplace) you find most relevant to the Black community in the last three congressional sessions. Discuss the 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]