Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Feb. 1 that the application process for the 2021 Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government is now open.
This summer program gives college and university students the opportunity to experience the inner workings of state government and gain a deeper understanding of public policy.
“The fellowship program has been cultivating and inspiring the next generation of leaders in Louisiana for the past three years,” Gov. Edwards said. “I strongly encourage all college students to apply if they are interested in how state government and public service work. When we invest in our young people, we invest in our state’s future. I always look forward to meeting the next generation of people who are going to move this state forward.”
Each fellow will be assigned to a cabinet-level agency to observe first-hand how the governor and agency heads lead and how policies are developed, advanced and implemented. Fellows will also participate in a weekly speaker series and take field trips designed to enhance their knowledge of Louisiana government and current affairs.
The program is open to all students currently attending a Louisiana higher education institution as well as Louisiana residents enrolled in out-of-state colleges and universities. Fellows will be chosen based on students’ commitment to leadership, public service and good government.
Participating students will receive housing on the Baton Rouge campus of Louisiana State University (LSU) for the duration of the fellowship, a stipend up to $1,500 and three credit hours through the LSU Public Administration Institute.
“The experiences I gained in this program truly deepened my passion for both public service and the state of Louisiana,” said Richard Davis, a 2019 fellow and graduate of Southeastern University. “Working in the education office at the Department of Corrections opened my eyes to the many opportunities we have to improve educational outcomes at all levels. The individuals I met still serve as a support system for me today, and I am grateful this program brought us together.”
The Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government is a partnership between the Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The program is funded entirely through philanthropic contributions managed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
The application is open through February 28, 2021. For more information about requirements and the application procedures, click here.