Congressional Fellowship Program

Application opens December 2020

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

About The Program

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

What to Expect

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


Upon arrival, participants will attend a three-day preparatory orientation. Typically fellows will work 40 hours a week and will be expected to participate in all ISF-sponsored activities. As participants will be representing ISF, they should work to meet ISF’s work performance and ethics.

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