The Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellowship is a paid summer opportunity that connects LEE members with high-impact policy and advocacy leaders and organizations focused on education, children, youth and communities for an eight-week, full-time placement.
Founded in 2012, the fellowship has over 800 alumni. Every summer, we partner with organizations nationally to place approximately 40 fellows.
Fellows are a diverse group of emerging leaders with varied backgrounds, life experiences, and skill sets that include:
Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellows (PASFs) have shown a demonstrated interest in serving students and families through a career in policy and advocacy, and plan to transition to full time work in the field within the next 1-2 years after completing the program.
In addition to their full-time placement work, LEE provides ongoing support to fellows during the summer through professional development, coaching, and optional online policy and advocacy skills courses.
LEE has a strong commitment to supporting the leadership of communities historically underrepresented in public leadership. In 2022, 38 fellows were placed with 30 host organizations across 16 states and DC. Of the 2022 cohort, 69% identified as women or gender nonconforming and 57% identified as people of color.
Fellows receive a living stipend of $3,500 and can apply for needs-based scholarships.
Host organizations provide fellows with opportunities to contribute to meaningful work and create space for professional growth and development. By hosting a fellow, your organization gains additional capacity to dedicate to a special project to further your impact and achieve your goals. In addition, you are contributing to the development of a future policy or advocacy leader.
Here are a few of the organizations that have hosted LEE summer fellows recently.
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To ensure a high-quality experience for both fellows and hosts, we ask host organizations to provide each fellow with the following:
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