This full-time, paid, nine-month opportunity will help you sharpen your policymaking and leadership skills and put them to practice in your community. You’ll combine your background working in policy with your ability to work across barriers to build relationships and your interest in equity to drive better outcomes for communities on a broad scale.
During the fellowship, you will contribute to significant policy and advocacy projects to advance equity within the mission of your host organization. Your contributions as a fellow add increased value to the host organization’s policy goals, while helping you develop your leadership and technical skills.
At the same time, you’ll participate in cohort-based training and networking events to develop your relationships with other equity-minded leaders. You’ll participate in group career coaching and work alongside other leaders to build essential skills to secure a role in policymaking following the fellowship. On average, 80% of fellows secure full-time policy or advocacy roles within six months of completing the fellowship.
Dates: September 2024 - May 2025
Time Requirement: Full-time, Monday - Friday, for 9 months
Application Deadline: March 2024
Public Policy Fellow Information Session: March 2024
Application Open: March 2024
Application Deadline: March 2024
Our 2023 application requires:
Finalists will be advanced to an interview stage.
How long is the fellowship?
The Public Policy Fellowship is a nine-month opportunity that runs from September through May. Fellows will begin working in their respective placements on September 1.
Sometimes a host organization needs a fellow to start earlier or remain in the fellowship past the standard completion date. LEE handles those requests directly with interested candidates on a case-by-case basis.
Where do fellows work?
Host organizations have included government agencies, such as state departments of education and state school boards; elected officials, like governors’ offices and state representatives; and high-impact policy and advocacy organizations throughout the country.
As a fellow, you’ll have the option of indicating a preference for a virtual placement, staying in your region if a placement is available there, or relocating. Within the application you’ll be prompted to select your preferred regions.
The host organizations for the fellowship vary from year to year, but all placements ensure that you’ll gain exposure to senior leaders and organizations that are shaping the education policy and advocacy landscape. You’ll receive details of potential fellowship hosts upon being selected to interview.
Examples of previous Public Policy Fellowship placements
What kinds of projects will fellows work on?
Your contributions as a fellow add increased value to the host organization’s policy goals, while helping you develop your leadership and technical skills.
Fellows’ responsibilities are defined by a senior leader at the host organization. Potential responsibilities include but are not limited to:
What else happens during the fellowship?
What do you look for in fellowship applicants?
LEE members who meet the following criteria are highly encouraged to apply:
What is the application process like?
After filling out an application, candidates who are selected to move forward will have an interview with LEE staff members. Upon advancement, finalists will participate in an in-person or virtual interview with a host organization.
Becoming a finalist in the selection process does not signify acceptance. Finalists must be selected by a host organization. Once finalists are selected by hosts and notified by LEE, then they are considered Public Policy Fellows.
When will I hear about the status of my application?
Selected candidates will be notified of a decision by mid-June.
Is the fellowship paid?
Yes, the Public Policy Fellowship is a paid opportunity. Fellows are paid throughout the nine-month program with a monthly $5,500 stipend. Fellows will have to independently pay taxes on their stipends, as they are not tax-deducted. During the fellowship, fellows are considered independent consultants.
Does the fellowship cover health insurance?
Host organizations do not provide benefits to fellows, nor does LEE. It is the responsibility of the individual fellow to secure and pay for health insurance.