CONGRESSIONAL POLICY FELLOWSHIP

The application for ISF's Congressional Policy Fellowship is now open!

The ISF Congressional Policy Fellowship is a 12-month, full-time program that provides fellows with an opportunity to work in Washington D.C. on legislative and public policy issues at Congressional offices.

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About the Program

The ISF Congressional Policy Fellowship is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to promoting and encouraging diversity and inclusion on Capitol Hill.  Through a 12 month fellowship, fellows will gain real-world experience working on legislative and public policy issues.

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What to Expect

Fellows of this program will not only have access to Congressional members and staff within the halls of power, they will have the opportunity to work as a full-time staffer for 12 months conducting tasks such as policy research, meeting with special interest groups, drafting bills/speeches, and preparing the member for hearings, etc.

Commitment

 

Upon arrival in D.C., participants will attend a one-day preparatory orientation. Typically fellows will work 40-45 hours a week and will be expected to participate in all ISF-sponsored activities including professional development events. As participants will be representing ISF, they should work to meet ISF's work performance and ethics.

 

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Applications are evaluated based on evidence of leadership potential and professional skills to succeed in a public service position.

Eligibility

  • An active member of the Muslim community;
  • Majoring in an ISF supported major;
  • Graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited university
  • A U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the United States or a DACA recipient

Requirements

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Video introduction
  • Essay Questions
  • College transcripts
  • Policy interests
  • Two letters of recommendation

Fellowship Benefits

  • Salary of $40,000 for housing and other expenses
  • Roundtrip Airfare to D.C.
  • Health insurance reimbursement up to $200 a month
  • Placement in a congressional office
  • One-day Hill orientation
  • Professional leadership and policy enrichment workshops throughout the program
  • Networking opportunities
  • Mentorship throughout the program and access to our online mentorship platform
  • Support with job placement after program

Program Timeline

  • Applications

    ISF will start accepting online applications October 2021.

  • Deadline

    The deadline to apply for the fellowship is January 31st, 2022.

  • Acceptance

    After applying, selected candidates will be given a conditional acceptance by ISF, and ISF will use its Congressional connections to help candidates get a position in a Congressional office.

  • Interviews

    Candidates will interview with offices. Once an office extends an offer to a candidate, a final acceptance will automatically be given to candidates by ISF.

  • Fellowship Starts

    Fellowships will begin in D.C. in September. Fellows will work full-time hours with Congressional offices (as set by the office) starting in September and are not permitted to have any other internships or employment.

  • Sessions & Workshops

    Fellows are required to attend ISF- hosted sessions and workshops throughout their time in D.C.

  • Exit Interview

    Fellows end their position in September with an exit interview and can continue to receive mentorship support for permanent job placement .

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