The Women in Government Fellowship program is open to all Yale College first-years, sophomores, and juniors and is designed to help students explore political careers by funding their participation in unpaid onsite policy-focused government internships.
- Yale College first-years, sophomores, and juniors.
- Able to attend The Campaign School at Yale, time away from the internship is arranged between the WIG fellow and the internship supervisor. The course will be conducted remotely from Monday, June 6, through Friday, June 10, 2022. Fellows will be required to sign a Code of Conduct. To learn more about the programming of The Campaign School, you may register for one of their upcoming information sessions.
- Engaged in onsite government internship that includes primary activities where student can see government and policy-making first hand.
Challenging onsite internships with elected representatives in Congress or with elected or appointed officials in other political arenas.
- At least 8 weeks in length, at least 30 hours per week
- Must include primary activities where students can see government and policy-making first hand
What does the WIG Fellowship include?
- $5,000 stipend to cover living expenses for the duration of the unpaid internship.
- Tuition for required attendance to The Campaign School at Yale, a five–day intensive course at Yale Law School on the basics of running a successful political campaign. Courses will be conducted remotely from Monday, June 6, through Friday, June 10, 2022. Fellows will be required to sign a Code of Conduct. To learn more about the programming of The Campaign School, you may register for one of their upcoming information sessions.
The WIG Application
The Women in Government Fellowship application can be found in the Student Grants and Fellowships database, and must include:
- Internship Description(s): Detail up to five eligible internships you’ve applied for (does not need to be secured before deadline).
- Essay: Respond to a prompt that focuses on the lack of representation in government.
- Résumé: one page. Visit the OCS Resume page for guidance.
- Transcript(s): Yale and other institutions, if applicable.
- Budget: Projected costs of experience.
- One Letter of Reference from a Yale Community Member (Faculty/Staff): Solicit this letter once you begin your application. For guidance on Letters of Recommendation, visit the Yale Fellowships Office website on Requesting Letters.
- Note: Summer 2022 Deadline is Wednesday, March 2, 2022 @1pm EST. For past fellows who are applying to the Advanced Policy Fellowship, the deadline is Wednesday, March 9, 2022 @1pm EST.
WIG Ambassador & Previous WIG Fellows
- Student Mentor List – contact information and positions of former WIG fellowship recipients who have agreed to serve as mentors. Reach out to learn about their experience working in government.
- Previous Summers List – a list of where previous fellowship recipients have worked
Securing a WIG Internship
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
Before you Start: Set Goals
Reflect on your upcoming experience: why did you choose it, and what do you hope to gain?
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