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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 2021 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 help Fellows succeed on the Hill and grow as leaders. Sessions cover an array of topics, such as practical skills for working on the Hill, public policy issues (e.g., the federal budget, student loan policy), and career advice. 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, their cohort, and other policy professionals in Washington, D.C. 

Stipend

Receive a $67,000 stipend, paid over 12 months.

“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 show an interest in government and policy and a desire to create a more equitable society. 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. Initial Application

The initial application will open via a link on this website on Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 12 noon EST, and will close on Monday, January 10, 2022 @ 12 noon EST.

2. Second Round

Applicants who move forward from Round One will complete Round Two activities from January 28, 2021 to February 7, 2022.

3. Third/Final Round

Applicants who move forward from Round Two will be interviewed by former Hill Fellows and members of the TFA Hill Fellow Program team. Selected applicants will be invited to join the 2022 Hill Fellow Cohort in the second half of March, and each invited applicant must accept or decline the invitation by the end of March. No extensions are possible, and all applicants are advised that if you are accepted as a 2022 Hill Fellow, we cannot offer deferrals to future years. 

4. Final Interview with Congressional Offices

In April/May 2022, Fellows will conduct interviews with offices on Capitol Hill to determine office placements. These interviews may be in-person or virtual. Office placement interviews will be assigned based on how the applicant's beliefs, skills, and interests align with the needs of potential placement offices on Capitol Hill. The office placement for each Fellow will be determined no later than early June 2022. 

Each Fellow will begin work on Capitol Hill in late summer 2022 and work for one year. The precise start date will be determined by each Fellow and Hill placement office. 

Application process may be subject to change.

2021 Capitol Hill Fellows

The 2021 fellows represent an outstanding group of alums who reflect the diversity of the TFA alumni network. Meet the 2021 fellows.

Projects & Placement Offices

Contact

Contact CapitolHillFellows@teachforamerica.org with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

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