Are you interested in exploring a career in government and public policy but not sure where to start? The GFA Fellowship (Govern for America) is a two-year paid opportunity for recent graduates to serve in high-impact roles in government across the country as a part of a diverse community of engaged leaders.
Fellows work full-time for various agencies, with Health & Human Services, Corrections, Education, and Environment being the most common. Through this program, there are multiple role types that you can apply for – Data Analyst, Program Manager, and Fiscal/Budget Analyst. In your application, you can specify which of these is best suited for your skills and interests. Students who participate in the program have many options after their GFA service: going on to other government jobs, continuing in their current roles, or applying to law or graduate school after serving their 2-year term.
This program is actively seeking applicants traditionally underrepresented in government leadership; including people of color, first-generation college students, women, and gender non-binary individuals, members of the LBGTQ community, and individuals from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. They also value well-researched and written applications and applicants who are passionate and knowledgeable about the policy they wish to impact.
Applications are currently open until December 31st, and 15-20 students are selected each year. Currently, the program is active in 8 states, including California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas.