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.


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.


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