Capitol Hill Fellowships

A Unique Opportunity to learn about U.S. Congress 

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The purpose of The French American Fund is to give early mid-career researchers and graduate students in international relations a unique opportunity to learn about the legislative process on Capitol Hill at the U.S. Congress and Senate. The French American Fund will place students in fellowships and students will join The Washington Center's (TWC) Postgraduate Professional Development Program (PPDP). Fellowships as full-time legislative aides run from late August to December or from January to May (please refer to program dates). As part of the fellowship program at TWC, students intern from Monday to Thursday, enroll in one professional course, and participate in leadership forum activities. 

NEW The 'Young Executives' program 

Students at The Washington Center (Photo: Courtesy of The Washington Center)

Starting next Spring 2018 in addition to university students our institution will welcome young executives working for French and American companies willing to learn about international trade laws and agreements. They will be attending the Washington Center program studies during their Congressional fellowship as explained in this section. 

1. Legislative Assignment

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The French American Fund provides an oppotunity for students to work  for fifteen weeks on the staff of a Congressional Committee, U.S. Senator or member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressional Fellows learn to professionally represent a Senator or member of Congress; prepare materials for meetings, briefings and hearings; work closely with state offices; respond to constituent mails and assist with special projects and events, among other tasks. 

2. Professional Studies

The Washington Center

In addition to Capitol Hill fellowship assignments, students will enroll in one of the 30 available courses of offered by The Washington Center. The courses take place once a week from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Leadership Forum activities take place on Fridays  and some evenings and include professional development  programming, civic engagement, a distinguished speaker's series,  public policy dialogue, and global citizenship day. 

     Program studies information

Student Housing

  Apartment-style housing is provided for by The French American Fund at one of the four TWC housing facilities.

The Washington Center
Postgraduate Professional Development Program @ TWC

Professional development programming will be facilitated by an academic program advisor who will serve as a mentor throughout the course of your program. There will also be a number of optional career development activities scheduled throughout the semester to give you the opportunity to develop skills around resume-building, interviewing and networking, among others.

   TWC student housing
TWC student housing

The French American Fund

Congressional Fellowships provide a unique approach to international relations, global economics, intercultural relations, globalization, leadership and global gouvernance, culture. For students with an interest in foreign policy, international affairs, cultural diplomacy, political science, or international economics, not only does the program provide a platform from which students can gain hands on experience and high level knowledge and relationships; it also gives them additional tools to launch their career upon completion of their studies. 

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