External Fellowships and Competitive Internships

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External Fellowships

American Planning Association (APA) Scholarships and Fellowships
Information on varied scholarship and fellowship programs sponsored by APA and other organizations.

APAICS Congressional Fellowship
The Congressional Fellowship is designed for young Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) professionals looking to increase their experience in public policy and service. The full-time, paid, nine-month long program, provides Fellows with opportunities to build their leadership skills, encourages political engagement, and fosters interests in public service careers. Fellows are placed in congressional offices and serve as part of the legislative team.

CBC Fellowship program (Citizens Budget Commission)
Through faculty member nomination only, limited to second year students in good standing with an interest in improving the performance of U.S. state and local governments. The CBC Public Policy Fellow works on a designated policy project for approximately 20 hours per week and is expected to complete a report by the end of the fellowship. 

Charles Abrams Scholarship
Graduate students are eligible who are enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment at one of the five schools at which Charles Abrams taught, including The New School. Students must be citizens of the United States. This scholarship is awarded annually to students intending to pursue careers as practicing planners and who are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need. One award of $2,000 is made. Students must be nominated by the program’s department chair; applications must be submitted through a student’s program.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Graduate Fellowship Program
CHCI’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed for exceptional emerging Latino leaders who want to immerse themselves in a specific public policy area. This paid, nine-month fellowship will provide you with valuable work experience, access to powerful Latino network, and a chance to showcase your public policy knowledge on Capitol Hill. Applicants must have completed a master’s degree or J.D. prior to the program start date (doctoral students are NOT eligible to apply).

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellows
Since the program’s inception in 2008, nearly 1000 graduate students have been placed into more than 450 organizations spanning the U.S. and China to tackle energy-related challenges and opportunities, including setting ambitious climate targets and making global supply chains more sustainable.

Fellowships, Internships and Service Programs (FISP) Database
Online searchable database containing approximately 500 fellowships, internships, and other established service programs collected from Internet and print resources.

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grants
Aim and mission is to support emerging scholars through small grants; to promote scholarship with a social policy application; and to encourage projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences. Applicants must be current PhD candidates who are working on their dissertation.

Imagining America (IA) PAGE Fellows Program (Publicly Active Graduate Education)
Imagining America invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship or artistic practice to apply for the PAGE Fellowship. Awardees receive a travel stipend to attend a Fellows Summit during the national conference.

Local Government Management Fellowship (LGMF)
The Local Government Management Fellowship (LGMF) is a career-development opportunity designed to attract recent MPA/MPP (or related programs) graduates to be placed in full-time management-track local government positions. 

NYC Community Planning Fellowship | Fund for the City of New York
Through faculty member nomination only, top urban planning and policy graduate students gain experience in community planning and the workings of local government and community boards.

NYSERDA Fellowships
NYSERDA is looking for the next generation of strategic leaders to help it meet the state’s nation-leading climate and energy goals, setting the state on a path to a carbon neutral economy. As full-time employees, NYSERDA Fellows will join program teams to develop and execute new market focused initiatives. 

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program 
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State.   It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need. Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.

The Port Authority’s Leadership Fellow Program 
The Port Authority’s Leadership Fellow Program is a distinguished program for leadership and public service in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan region. This two-year rotational program offers Port Authority Fellows invaluable on the job experience in several business functions such as planning, finance, security, facility operations, human resources, and much more.

Presidential Management Fellow Program
The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order.

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White House Fellows Program
Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.

Women’s Congressional Policy Institute, Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy
The fellowships are extended each year to a select number of students pursuing a graduate degree or those who have recently completed a master’s, doctorate, or professional degree with a proven commitment to equity for women. 

Competitive Internships

Legislative Analyst’s Office Internship,  Sacramento, California
The LAO internship is open to individuals who: (1) have completed the first year of a two-year graduate program in public policy, public or business administration, economics, or some other program that provides both a quantitative and policy analytical curriculum, and (2) are interested in becoming full-time fiscal and policy analysts at the LAO after graduation.

MTA Internship Program
Metro-North Railroad is committed to supporting the educational goals of students interested in careers in Transportation. Metro-North offers both paid and unpaid internships.