A Partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, the Lamar Family
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.   

*Due to changes in many higher education summer programs, we are extending the deadline to apply for the Governor's Fellows Program to this Friday, March 13.* 

Requirements for Participation:

  • The fellowships are open to students attending a Louisiana institution and Louisiana residents enrolled in out-of-state accredited 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 degree-granting institution in Louisiana; or, a Louisiana resident enrolled in an out-of-state 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

Benefits to participating Fellows:

  • 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 Department of Public Administration
  • Up to a $1,500 stipend for additional expenses

Application and Interview Procedures:

Interested applicants must complete an application form and attach the following documents:

  • Complete transcript
  • 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.

Click here to apply 


Fellows Program Timeline:

February 5, 2020       Application Opens

March 13, 2020         Application Deadline

April 1, 2020             Notify Chosen Fellows

May 25, 2020            Program Begins

Week of July 4           Program Break

July 31, 2020            Program Ends


Click here to meet the 2019 Governor's Fellows


For additional information, please email:
Zac Lemoine, Fellows Coordinator, zac.lemoine@la.gov, and Dr. Jared Llorens, Director & Associate Professor, LSU Department of Public Administration, pai@lsu.edu