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Legis Congressional Fellowship

The Legis Congressional Fellowship provides an exceptional opportunity for experiential learning.

While working on Capitol Hill, you will gain practical congressional insight and return to your organization with a clear and comprehensive understanding of the legislative policymaking process. In addition, you will create an enduring network of valuable contacts on Capitol Hill and throughout many federal agencies—a broad community of policy entrepreneurs.

Download the Legis Congressional Fellowship Application:  

For Government Applicants (PDF)|   For Corporate Applicants (PDF)

Build Your Capacity for Greatness in Government

Immerse yourself in legislative activity, brief members of Congress, plan and take part in committee hearings and more. In addition to a two-week, intensive orientation led by experts, fellows receive two two complementary BEE courses (residential courses not included) taken within the year of the Fellowship’s completion.

“I’m not a lawyer, but I fit in very well. I wrote legislation. I wrote speeches. I wrote floor statements. I analyzed bills. Legis makes us better at what we do. You learn so much. If I could do it again, I would.”
-Legis Fellow

“I would recommend it wholeheartedly. It was amazing.”
-Legis Fellow

“It’s really a win-win, both for Congress and the agency.”
-Legis Fellow

Public-sector managers: Acquire an in-depth understanding of the legislative process that will help your agency interact more effectively with Congress—and build your resume with a unique cross-branch fellowship.

Private-sector managers:
Gain an insider’s knowledge of congressional affairs and public policy that will benefit your company and your career.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a significant interest in legislative policy and be able to work independently. Government candidates must have a minimum grade level of GS-13. Private sector candidates should have at least seven years of management experience.

How to apply: Nominations should be submitted by your immediate supervisor or through your organization’s training office. Applications forms are available for download here (For Government Applicants (PDF)|   For Corporate Applicants (PDF)or call 202.797.6319.

You will need to provide:

  • A completed Legis application form
  • A detailed resume
  • A supervisor’s recommendation describing your executive potential, need for this training and prospects for success as a congressional staff member
  • A statement describing the relevance of training to career goals and how it will be used by your agency or employer
  • Government candidates only are required a completed, approved and signed training form including a valid billing address and purchase order number (SF182, DD1556, HHS350 or other approved training form)

Dates:
Choose a seven-month fellowship or twelve-month fellowship. Each session begins with an intensive two-week orientation led by experts.

  • Half year: January 3–July 28, 2018; application due October 27, 2017
  • Full year: January 3–December 15, 2018; application due October 27, 2017

Tuition:

  • 7-month fellowship: $4,525
  • 12-month fellowship: $6,135

Location:
Washington, D.C.

Is your office interested in hosting a Legis Fellow? Please download, complete, and submit the Congressional Interest Form 2018 here.

Contact:
Ian Dubin, Director, Legis Fellowship, at idubin@brookings.edu or 202.797.6319

Theodore Przybyla, Deputy Director, Legis Fellowship, at  tprzybyla@brookings.edu or 202.797.6119

In recent years, fellows have served in a wide variety of congressional and committee offices including:

Rep. Bob Aderholt (R-AL) Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

Senate Majority Whip

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Senate Minority Whip

Rep. Mike Thompson
(D-CA)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

House Minority Whip

Senate Homeland Security Committee
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) Senate Budget Committee
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) Senate Finance Committee
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) House Foreign Affairs Committee
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

 

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