The Federal Fellows Program combines a fall seminar course taught by industry experts with a spring internship in the DC metropolitan area. Throughout the year, fellows are supported with professional development workshops, one-on-one resume and interview reviews, and federally-related events. The program's mission is to prepare talented and diverse undergraduate students to excel in professional internships and to pursue careers of influence and impact, especially in the public sector.
Amelia Avis (Federal Fellow '17, Energy and Environmental Policy) was awarded the Udall Scholarship and NOAA Pathways Internship. She is a senior Government and Politics major, studying Environmental Policy in the School of Public Policy’s BA/MPP program.
In Fall 2018, the Federal Fellows Program launched an exciting new concentration in Political Engagement and Advocacy for students with an interest in political engagement at the local, state or national levels, advocacy for causes, running for office, and/or influencing the policy making process.
Ed Fendley, professor of the Energy and Enviromental Policy seminar, has served in the Federal government for 30 years, specializing in climate change and sustainable development. His current position is in the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities, where he helps people build walkable, healthy and economically vibrant neighborhoods.
During the fall semester, students learn about the policy-making process and discuss subject-based issues in a seminar course led by an industry expert. In the spring semester, students complete an internship in a federal agency, Congressional office, or related organization — including NGOs, nonprofits, think tanks, or private industry. During the internship, they apply lessons from the seminar course and supplementary courses to real-life situations. For additional international program concentrations, please visit our sister program, Global Fellows in Washington, DC
Erin Hylton (Federal Fellow ’11, Energy & Environment) earned a Master of Science degree in Hydrology & Sustainable Development from Imperial College London and a second Master of Science degree in Water Science, Policy & Management from Oxford University. She currently works for Concurrent Technologies Corporation as a Defense Contractor, where she is designing a centrally-managed water resource program for the Air Force.
Dr. Joan Burton, director of Federal Fellows, Global Fellows in Washington, DC, and the Individual Studies Program, received a President's Distinguished Service Award at the Faculty and Staff Convocation on September 12, 2018. The President's Distinguished Service Awards recognize exceptional performance, leadership, and service by a member of the university staff.
Read the 2017 newsletter for Federal & Global Fellows alumni. Learn about the growth of our programs over the past 9 years; hear from alumni, current students, and faculty; keep in touch with your peers; and learn ways to give back and stay involved.
For more program and alumni updates see our 2016 newsletter too!