Congressional Health Equity Fellowship, Sponsored by Baxter Healthcare

The CBCF Health Equity Fellow will work in congressional member and committee offices, attend leadership development seminars, complete a community service project, implementation of policy forums and produce policy papers with a focus on health equity. Additionally, the fellows will engage with Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust programming and policy priorities.

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.

During the first 6-months, Fellows are placed in a Congressional office and gain invaluable experience as they gain the opportunity to…

  • 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
  • Handle long-term and short-term legislative planning for the Member of Congress
  • …and more!

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, but not limited to…

  • Overseeing a bill move from the committee to the floor
  • Recommending strategies and tactics on bills and positions
  • Writing and reviewing legislative memos

CBCF staff will offer three information sessions to allow prospective applicants to learn more about our Fellowship program. Should this be of interest, please register for the information session of your choice:
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 6 PM EST:
Information Session
Monday, March 28, 2022 at 6 PM EST:
Information Session
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 6 PM EST:
Information Session

Candidate Requirements

  • COVID vaccination, including booster shot
  • U.S. citizenship or a permit to work in the U.S. for the duration of the program (September 2022 to September 2023)
  • A master’s degree, doctoral degree, or juris doctorate obtained by the start date of the program
  • 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 of the global Black community

Application Materials
The completed online application must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET, May 6, 2022. The following items will be requested through the online application:

  • 2 Essay Question Responses
  • 2 letters of recommendation, submitted electronically (hard copy letters will not be accepted)
  • Resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills (2-page limit)
  • 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)
  • 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. 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.

  • Applicants should be prepared to interview between May 23 and June 10, 2022, with an acceptance or declination deadline of June 20, 2022. The program will begin September 2022 in Washington, DC.

Fellowship Benefits

  • CBCF Congressional Fellows receive a full salary and benefits for the duration of the program.
  • As part of our new partnership with Air B n B, Fellows who take part in our Fall 2022 Congressional and John R. Lewis NREI Social Justice Fellowships will receive two months of transitional housing prior to their official move to Washington, DC. Details will follow pending applicant acceptance.

COVID-19 Guidelines
The in-person nature of this program will require both full vaccination and adherence to CDC guidelines, given the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to applying to this program, please read the following expectations in their entirety:
Vaccination Policy

  • Congressional Fellows must (i) provide proof that they are fully vaccinated prior to the start date of the program or (ii) obtain an approved exemption as an accommodation (the process for seeking an accommodation is explained below). Only vaccines authorized for emergency use and/or full use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are acceptable under this policy.
  • Until full vaccination is documented or an approved exemption as an accommodation is obtained, Congressional Fellows may not be approved to participate in the Congressional Fellowship.
  • All Congressional Fellows are expected to have completed a full vaccination regime (to include booster shots), or have an approved exemption accommodation.
  • Congressional Fellows who fail to become fully vaccinated or obtain an approved exemption accommodation before the program’s start date will be subject to being rejected from the program.

Requests for Accommodations
Congressional Fellows may request an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement as an accommodation for medical or sincerely held religious reasons:

  • Congressional Fellows may request an accommodation for a medical reason such as a disability (as defined by applicable law), pregnancy (or childbirth or a related medical condition), being a nursing mother, having a documented medical condition that contraindicates the vaccination, or any other trait, characteristic, or class for which applicable law requires the CBCF to provide reasonable workplace accommodations.
  • Congressional Fellows may request an accommodation for a non-medical reason, such as an objection to being vaccinated on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs and practices.

Accommodation requests for the Spring 2022 Congressional Fellowship should be submitted to Human Resources in writing no later than June 20, 2022.

Additional Note: Former Fellows, immediate relatives of a CBCF employee, CBC Member, CBC Spouse, a staff person of a CBC Member or Spouse, a member of the CBCF Board of Directors, Corporate Advisory Council Member of CBCF, or any CBCF-sponsoring entity are not eligible for CBCF Fellowship programs.

Please email Fellowships@cbcfinc.org with any questions.

Award
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Deadline
05/06/2022
Supplemental Questions
  1. 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 word maximum]
  2. 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 word maximum]