Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government
A Partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation
The Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government is an opportunity for college and university students to experience public policy in action, learn the rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government, and earn three hours of academic credit. Each Fellow will be assigned to a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by collaborating with agency leaders on existing projects, observing firsthand the Governor’s leadership strategies and learning how state policies are developed. Fellows will also participate in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance their overall experience and understanding of Louisiana government and current affairs.
Student housing on LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (participants are encouraged to stay on campus)
Three hours of course credit offered through Louisiana State University’s Public Administration Institute
Up to a $1,500 stipend for additional expenses
Requirements for Participation:
The fellowships are open to students attending a Louisiana institution and Louisiana residents enrolled in out-of-state public institutions.
Undergraduate students who have completed their sophomore year; Graduate students who have completed at least one year of their degree program (e.g., MPA, JD, MSW, etc.)
Currently enrolled in a public degree-granting institution in Louisiana; or, a Louisiana resident enrolled in an out of state public degree-granting institution
Good academic standing with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or equivalent
Demonstrated leadership and commitment to public service, volunteerism and political involvement
Ethical standards, including professional discretion and adherence to confidentialities
Strong commitment to personal growth, good government and nonpartisanship
Application and Interview Procedures:
Interested applicants must complete an application and attach the following documents:
Resume including education and employment history
Letter of professional recommendation from a professor or supervisor
Letter of personal recommendation - not from a family member
500 word essay focusing on a specific policy issue or cabinet position within the Governor’s Office. Your statement should outline the significance of your choice and how, based upon your education and experience, you could enhance or further the goals of that specific office or policy issue. Your essay may either focus on a current issue or suggest a new policy. To the best extent possible, Fellows will be placed within their area of focus.