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.
- 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.
- Engaged in government internship that includes primary activities where student can see government and policy-making first hand.
Challenging 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 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.
- Food, lodging, and transportation costs to and from The Campaign School.
The WIG Application
The Women in Government Fellowship application is 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 of women 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.
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 any of them to learn about their experience working in government.
- Previous Summers List – a list of where previous fellowship recipients have worked
Questions? Interested in Signing Up for the Women in Government Newsletter?
Connect with the Women in Government Ambassador: Elaina Foley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Take time to reflect on your upcoming experience: why did you choose it, what do you want to get from it? Think about the specific hard (e.g. coding, excel) and soft (e.g. communication, presenting) skills …