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A group of Teach For America alumni participating in the Capitol Hill Fellows Program

The Capitol Hill Fellows Program is a year-long program that places Teach For America alumni in full-time, paid congressional staff positions on Capitol Hill. Fellows gain incredible insights into the legislative process and experience in policy and politics at the national level.

About the Capitol Hill Fellows Program

Fellows are paired with a member of the House or Senate or a congressional committee and spend a year working on congressional issues in Washington, D.C.

Fellows represent many states and political parties and reflect the diversity of TFA's alumni. They do not lobby on behalf of or work on issues related to Teach For America during the fellowship. Meet the 2019 fellows.

The fellowship provides:

Legislative Experience

Gain incredible insights into the legislative process, engage in national affairs, and contribute important perspectives to policy debates in Washington, D.C.

Professional Development

Attend monthly professional development sessions to grow as a policy leader. Sessions are conducted by policy experts and cover an array of topics, such as the federal budget, student loan policy, and advice on advancing your career in policy and politics. Topics are tailored to the needs and interests of each cohort of fellows.

Mentorship

Be matched with a Teach For America alumni mentor on Capitol Hill.

Networking Opportunities

Build relationships with members of Congress, congressional staff, and other policy professionals in Washington, D.C. 

Stipend & Travel

Receive a $60,000 stipend, paid over 12 months. Fellows may also coordinate a trip to their Member’s home district or state.

“I arrived on the Hill intellectually curious, but timid and unaware of the power in my own opinions. I am leaving this experience with a thorough understanding of the levers of power and with the confidence to be able to advocate effectively for students.”

Cristina Diaz-Torres

Las Vegas Valley Corps Member 2013

Eligibility & Requirements

Ideal candidates will have 2-3 years of either pre-corps or post-corps work experience and show an interest in government and policy. Outstanding applicants may gain admission without substantial policy experience.

While the profiles of individual fellows vary, applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • Professional work experience
  • Demonstrated interest and focus on a career in politics or policy
  • Research, writing, analysis, and communication skills
  • Experience successfully working independently and with teams
  • Track record of increasing responsibility and success

Application Process

1. Application

The application will go live in December. Candidates must complete the online application, submit a detailed resume, and submit one professional reference by the time the application closes. Applicants will be informed of their application status by March.

2. Policy Exercise

Applicants who are selected to move on to the next phase will be asked to complete a more in-depth policy exercise. The top qualifiers will conduct a video interview with the Teach For America Capitol Hill Fellows selection committee. Finalists will be announced in April.

3. Final Interview

In May, finalists will travel to Washington, D.C. for in-person interviews with offices on Capitol Hill. Placement interviews will be assigned based on how the applicant's skills, experiences, and interests align with the project needs of placement offices on Capitol Hill. Placements will be determined no later than June.

2019 Capitol Hill Fellows

The 2019 fellows represent an outstanding group of alums who reflect the diversity of the TFA alumni network. Among their many accomplishments, they’ve led achievements in education, held leadership roles to advance opportunities in their communities, and bring a variety of experiences with local and national policy. Meet the 2019 fellows.

Projects & Placement Offices

Contact

Contact CapitolHillFellows@teachforamerica.org with any questions.

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