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Policy Fellowships

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy Consultant

During a presentation about macro social work jobs I was asked by a participant for a list of policy fellowships. I figured some of you may benefit from the information as well. The following are not social work specific. They are geared for someone who is looking to pursue policy and government work. If you know of any other programs that should be added to the list please let me know.

Health and Aging Policy Fellows

Provides training to professionals in health and aging that will teach them the skills to develop and implement policies that affect older Americans.

Website: http://www.healthandagingpolicy.org/

White House Fellows

Founded in 1964 the mission of the White House Fellows Program is to give young men and women experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/fellows

Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows

This program is for health professionals and behavioral and social scientist. The fellowship is in Washington, DC. The fellowship runs at least one year.

Website: http://www.healthpolicyfellows.org/home.php

The Wellstone Fellowship

This fellowship was founded in honor of the late Senator from Minnesota Paul Wellstone. The aim of this fellowship is to increase the number of minority social justice leaders. It is a one year fellowship that includes a salary and healthcare benefits. Fellows will spend the year drafting talking points, blogs, factsheets, and other publications. They will learn about heath care equality and implementation, Medicaid, and other issues impacting health care policy.

Website: http://familiesusa.org/about-us/careers/wellstone-fellowship

The Villers Fellowship

The goal of the Villers Fellowship is to develop the next generation of healthcare leaders. Fellows will learn about different advocacy strategies, how to disseminate information to the media, e-advocacy, and coalition building. Villers fellows must commit to mentoring someone at some point during their career.

Website: http://familiesusa.org/about-us/careers/villers-fellowship

Ms. Foundation Fellowship

Next cycle starts in November 2014. This fellowship usual focuses on advocacy and policy work with regards to economic justice, reproductive justice and safety.

Website: http://forwomen.org/content/120/en/fellowship

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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