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CBCF Congressional Fellowship Program

The CBCF Congressional fellowship program equips early career-policy professionals who are committed to contributing to public policy with the necessary skills to become the next generation of leaders in public service. The program is an intensive 20-months policy training and leadership development program which enables fellows to receive hands-on public policy training as full-time legislative aides and policy analysts. CBCF fellowship issue areas include: the Donald M. Payne Foreign Policy Fellowship; Energy; Energy & Environment; Health Policy; Woman & Health Sciences; Finance & Economic Policy; Technology & Cybersecurity; and Technology & Diversity. 

Program Description
CBCF Fellows work in congressional member and committee offices, attend best in class leadership development seminars, complete a community service project, implementation of policy forums and produce policy papers.

During the first 10-months, fellows are placed in a Congressional office and gain invaluable experience as they represent the member at briefings, stakeholder meetings, and similar official events; conduct quality research; write speeches, opening remarks, and other written work products as assigned; research and provide policy recommendations on relevant issues; recommending co-sponsorships of or amendments to legislation to the Member; monitor legislative activity on the House or Senate floor; and handle long-term and short-term legislative planning for the Member of Congress.

During the last 10-months, fellows transition to a congressional committee. The committee placement complements their experience in a Member’s office and provides fellows with a full view of the legislative process including overseeing a bill move from the Committee to the floor; recommending strategies and tactics on bills and positions; and writing and reviewing legislative memos.

7 Benefits of the CBCF Fellowship Program

Sharpen Your Policy and Professional Skills
Gain a competitive edge through our world-class professional development training
 Hands-On Experience
Work on Capitol Hill and receive hands-on public policy training as a full-time legislative aide
and policy analyst
Develop Cultural Competency & Awareness
Engage in a transformative international experience by working abroad and gain a better
understanding of different cultures and socio-economic values around the world
 Grow your Professional Network
Tap into a powerful network of CBCF Alumni, national and global leaders, and C-Suite
executives and position yourself for long-term professional success
Grow Leadership Skills
Enhance your leadership skills by working alongside your cohort to teach, learn, facilitate
policy discussions, and accomplish goals together with the help of our leadership skills
Get A Career Boost
Accelerate your public policy career with an annual salary plus benefits, and career advisors
Join a distinguished group of Alumni
Expand your professional network among the most successful and engaged policy minds in
Washington, DC. 

  • U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S. through May 2022
  • Graduate/professional degree in energy policy, education, public administration, international affairs, health, or other relevant field; must be completed before start of program
  • Familiarity with the U.S. legislative process, and Congress
  • Commitment to creating and implementing policy to improve the living conditions of underserved and underrepresented individuals
  • Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or young black professionals who have earned a graduate or professional degree.
  • Participants in the program must relocate to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. 

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