This program is designed to encourage Yale undergraduates to explore political careers by funding their participation in challenging internships with elected representatives in Congress or with elected or appointed officials in other political arenas. Proposed internships must be at least 8 weeks in length, and must include primary activities where students can see government and policy-making first hand. The $5,000 fellowship stipend awarded to Women In Government fellows may be used to cover living expenses for the duration of the unpaid internship. Tuition to attend the weeklong Women’s Campaign School, a five–day intensive course at Yale Law School on the basics of running a successful political campaign, is also covered. Women's Campaign School dates for Summer 2017: June 5 - June 9. This award will also cover food, lodging, and transportation costs to and from the Women's Campaign School.
Funding is open to Yale first-year students, sophomores, and juniors. Internships must include primary activities where students can see government and policy-making first hand. Students who receive funding will be required to attend the Women’s Campaign School. Check with your employer to make sure that you’re eligible to be away from work during these dates.
The Women in Government application is available through the Student Grants and Fellowships database. Search for "Women in Government" to get started. Applications are available starting December 1, 2016. Applications are due March 1, 2017, 5pm EST.
Students are required to submit the following through the Student Grants and Fellowships database:
Quote: Serving in the immigration department allowed me to focus on one area and study relevant policies and regulations. As I consider my international policy interests, I see immigration policy as something I would be interested in pursuing in the future. Before the internship I saw immigration as a more abstract topic that does not have much relevance to my daily life. Now I see it as an integral part of America that often gets overshadowed by controversial statements by high profile individuals. I am excited to see where this interest may take me in the future and I credit this internship to helping spark my interest in this area.
Maddie Bauer, 2015 Women in Government Fellow
Quote: As a policy intern in Governor Raimondo’s Office, I conducted research, wrote memos, briefed the Governor, created presentations, and participated in interagency and nonprofit meetings. I worked on a wide variety of issues, including broadband, cybersecurity, climate change, criminal justice, education, food justice, healthcare, insurance, living wages, medical marijuana, paid sick leave, renewable energy, transgender rights, and voting laws. I also attended one of the Governor’s Community Conversations and Vice President Biden’s visit. Governor Raimondo talked to all of the summer interns about the responsibility to get involved in government and to make a positive change in our society. She made it clear that this is a particular duty for young women. She talked a lot about being a trailblazing woman, and how women and other underrepresented groups have an extra obligation to serve, to break down biases, and to lead the way for others to follow. She used to look up to Hillary, and now she is a Hillary for me and for my generation.
Sarah Siegel, 2016 Women in Government Fellow