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Legislative Fellowship Program

The Legislative Fellowship Program, created in 1982 by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, through the Bipartisan Management Committee (BMC), combines education, work experience and insight into the people, issues and politics of the legislative process.

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Fellowship Overview

  • The 13-week Spring and Fall program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors and the Summer program is open Graduate students from all Pennsylvania colleges and universities as well as PA residents attending schools outside of Pennsylvania.
  • Students of any major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply
  • Weekly workshops with key thinkers, planners and decision-makers provide an in-depth look at the legislature, its history, structure and activities. Speakers include Members of the House and Senate; key legislative staff from House leadership, committees, Legislative Service Agencies, and the Governor's Office; as well as prominent lobbyists.
  • Placement is either in a Leadership office or in the office of a Committee Chairman.
  • Fellows will attend committee hearings and meetings as well as House Session. Fellows will work on drafting bill analyses, writing constituent letters and performing policy research. A weekly journal, an interview assignment with a member of the General Assembly and a press release are examples of additional program assignments.
  • The final project in the Fellowship semester is to research, draft and present a piece of legislation.
  • Fellows receive classroom credit (if approved by their college department chairman).
  • A bi-weekly stipend of $750 is provided.The fellowship is considered full-time.
  • The three Fellowship terms are Spring: January - April (Undergraduate Students), Summer: May - July (Graduate Students) and Fall: September - December (Undergraduate Students). The deadline dates are May 1st for the Fall semester, October 1st for the Spring semester and March 1st for the Summer.
  • Since 1982, nearly 400 students have participated in the program and approximately 30% have found employment in state government.

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Application packets must include a completed Fellowship application, resume, writing sample, official college transcript and two letters of recommendation.

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If you are interested in an application and additional information on this exciting, one-of-a-kind internship, contact: Raymond Whittaker, BMC Fellowship Coordinator at 717-783-1027 or e-mail him at rwhittaker@pabmc.net. Get application here

Fellowship mailing address is:
Raymond Whittaker, Programs Coordinator
Bipartisan Management Committee
PA House of Representatives
Room B-29 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020

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