Capitol Hill Fellowships
A Unique Opportunity to learn about U.S. Congress
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.
1. Legislative Assignment
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
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.
Apartment-style housing is provided for by The French American Fund at one of the four TWC housing facilities.
How to apply
Each year a limited number of grants are made available to prospective students; graduate candidates are pre-selected by their University or Institution. The University ensures that candidates meet all the application requirements and that the application is complete.
Postgraduate Professional Development Program @ TWC
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.