The Women in Government Fellowship program is designed to encourage Yale first-years, sophomores, and juniors to explore political careers by funding their participation in unpaid policy-focused government internships. The internship does not have to be secured at the time that the WIG fellowship application is due, and applicants will have the opportunity to detail up to five different internships they are pursuing. Those who are selected to receive the fellowship will also gain access to The Campaign School at Yale. The application deadline is: March 3, 2021.
Eligible positions are challenging internships with elected representatives in Congress or with elected or appointed officials in other political arenas. Internships must include primary activities where students can see government and policy-making first hand, and they must be 8 weeks in length and at least 30 hours per week. The WIG Fellowship includes a stipend to cover living expenses for the duration of the unpaid internship, tuition to attend The Campaign School at Yale, a five–day intensive course at Yale Law School on the basics of running a successful political campaign (Summer 2021 plans for The Campaign School are still being determined).
The Women in Government Fellowship is found in the Student Grants and Fellowships database.
If you are interested in speaking with the WIG Ambassador or previous WIG Fellows, please explore the student mentor lists below:
- Student Mentor List – contact information and positions of former WIG fellowship recipients who have agreed to serve as mentors. Reach out to any of them to learn about their experience working in government.
- Previous Summers List – a list of where previous fellowship recipients worked
If you have questions about the Women in Government Fellowship Program, connect with the Women in Government Ambassador, Tanisha Gupta: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women in Government Fellowship provides funding for internships, but students are responsible for securing internships. Here are some resources to help you find potential internships:
- Congress.gov – names, contact information, and websites for the collective body of legislators
- U.S. Senators – search by State or Senator
- Women & Politics Institute – includes a section for Capitol Hill internships with Women in Congress
- The Leadership Library
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
- Center for American Women and Politics website
For more information on the Women in Government Fellowship program, please visit the website.