Senior Fellows Program


Senior Fellows Program

As the premier leadership training program of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affair, the mission of the Senior Fellows Leadership Program is to engage prominent leaders as role models for graduate students from Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning.

Students who are selected to participate in the Senior Fellows Leadership Program are accepted into the Luskin Leadership Initiative and will be assigned to a Senior Fellow as a mentor. Throughout their academic program, UCLA Luskin students are prepared to accept leadership roles and effect change as practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors. Senior Fellows enhance students’ leadership and professional development skills while engaging in a mentor relationship with policy makers, business professionals, nonprofit executives, and community leaders.  



Program Goals for UCLA Luskin Graduate Students

  1. Provide a practical component of their academic experience by exposing them to premier leaders in the field.
  2. Provide opportunities to engage with community leaders for the purpose of professional development, networking, and personal growth.
  3. Strengthen ties between Senior Fellows and UCLA Luskin to broaden the School’s ability to bring timely, informative events to the University and greater community.
  4. Provide opportunities for internships, job market advice, and career exploration in order to accelerate students’ career trajectory.
  5. Connect the world of political and policy action to education for public interest.


2013-2014 Senior Fellows Leadership Program Application Deadline:  October 15th.


Important Dates

Information/Sign up Sessions (mandatory for Senior Fellow consideration):

  • Monday, September 30, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Room 3343
  • Tuesday, October 1, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Room 4371
  • Wednesday, October 2, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Room 3343
  • Wednesday, October 2, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Room 2343
  • Thursday, October 3, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Room 2355
  • Tuesday, October 8, 12:15 – 1:50pm., Room 3343
  • Wednesday, October 9, 12:15 – 1:50pm., Room 4371
  • Thursday, October 10, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Room 2355


Senior Fellows Breakfast

Thursday, October 24, 8-10 a.m., UCLA Faculty Center, Main Dining Hall

Senior Fellows Mid-Year Reception

Thursday, February 6, 6-8p.m., UCLA Faculty Center


Policy Briefings, led by one or a panel of Fellows, are topical symposiums on policy issues in the Fellows’ area of expertise.


National and regionally based Fellows enable students to participate in career site visits at the Fellow’s place of employment.


The On Leadership series features small seminars in which Fellows and students engage in discussion on leadership style, preparation, and effectiveness.


Students participating in the Senior Fellows Mentor Program gain invaluable career guidance and shadow their Fellows at their work site.


Contact Information: 

VC Powe
Executive Director, External Programs