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Aerospace-Defense Fellowship Program

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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 Representatives, and other select offices. Congressional Fellows also attend 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, participate in 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. Fellows conduct quality research, write speeches, craft 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.

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.

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 Representatives, and other select offices…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 7, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 16, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1720 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

How to Apply

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

limit)

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)

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…

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