About Luskin’s Fellowships & Internship Funding:

UCLA Luskin Office of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations (OSAAR) offers a limited number of prestigious and competitive yearlong and summer fellowships and internship funding. The fellowship sites include nonprofit organizations, government, and public service agencies. Currently enrolled first-year Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning graduate students are eligible to apply for awards. Beyond these awards, please find additional opportunities at Luskin and beyond below. Furthermore, we encourage you to check in with your career counselor and academic advisor to discuss any additional opportunities. Please contact Kevin Medina at kmedina@luskin.ucla.edu with any questions about these below fellowships.

Award Spotlights:

The 2024-2025 Luskin Yearlong & Summer Fellowship recipients can be found here.

The 2023-2024 Luskin Yearlong & Summer Fellowship recipients can be found here.

The 2023-2023 Luskin Yearlong & Summer Fellowship recipients can be found here.

Luskin OSAAR’s Yearlong Fellowships

These are the awards available for the 2024-2025 academic year. Please note that awards may vary year by year. Current students: please log into CareerHub or consult your career counselor to learn the deadlines for this upcoming academic year.

Eligibility/Application Timeline for Luskin Yearlong Fellowships:

UCLA Luskin graduate students apply in winter of their first year. Fellows are interviewed in winter and are selected and announced in Spring. Their fellowship begins summer prior to their second year of their graduate program.

Fellowship Duration for Luskin Yearlong Fellowships:

The Bohnett fellowship requires 925 total hours. The fellowship period begins in June until May of the following year. Typically, Fellows work full-time  in summer (40 hours/week for 10 weeks) and then part-time during the academic year (14-20 hours/week during Weeks 1-2).

David Bohnett Fellowship in the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office

  • Award amount:  $41,500
  • Number of awards: 3 awards annually

The David Bohnett Fellowship was established in 2007 for outstanding Luskin graduate students to complete a yearlong fellowship in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. The Mayor’s Office provides students with access to high levels of city government in where they are supervised by the Mayor’s senior staff. The Fellows are matched to an office that coincides with the Fellows’ expertise and the needs of the Mayor’s Office. The assignments are fast-paced, rigorous, and may expand or change based on the evolving needs of the City. As such, the Bohnett Fellowship requires graduate students to have a high amount of professionalism, flexibility, and innovation. Past offices that hosted Fellows include: Budget & Innovation, City Services, Community Safety, Economic Opportunity, Homelessness Initiatives, Immigrant Affairs, International Affairs, Public Safety, Reentry, and Transportation. In addition to the academic  yearlong Fellowship, Fellows also receive the opportunity to attend the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) winter meeting, typically held in Washington D.C.. At USCM, Fellows have access to city leaders from across the nation, and with the staff and Fellows from the other universities that also host the Bohnett Fellows program (NYU Wagner & U Michigan Ford). Further, Fellows join the many UCLA Luskin Cohorts that have participated in the Bohnett Fellowship Program. UCLA Luskin and the Bohnett Foundation regularly organize  events to encourage cross-cohort and sector networking. For more information about the current and former Bohnett Fellows from UCLA Luskin please visit: http://www.bohnettfoundation.org/ucla-luskin/.

Bohnett Fellow Alumni

The 2022-23 Bohnett Fellows report (including past Bohnett Fellows employment and current Bohnett Fellows work products/examples) can be accessed here.

The David Bohnett Foundation

This Fellowship is generously funded by the David Bohnett Foundation. David Bohnett is a philanthropist and technology entrepreneur. The mission of the David Bohnett Foundation is to improve society through social activism.

Luskin Leadership Fellowship at the Office of Child Protection, Los Angeles County

Award amount: $41,500

Number of awards: 1 annually

UCLA Luskin Leadership Fellowship is a high-level apprenticeship program for exceptional public policy, social welfare and urban planning graduate students that serve within selected government agencies and nonprofit and civic organizations to work on research, policy, advocacy and applied projects tailored to the students’ tracks of study and consistent with the mission and goals of the organization. For 2023-2024, the host organization will be the Los Angeles County, Office of Child Protection. The Fellow will completes 10 weeks of full-time (40 hours/week) over summer and 20 hours/week during the academic year and will receive $40,000. Link to full Fellowship Description. You may also search CareerHub for the application under “OCI and job listings.”

Luskin Leadership OCP Fellow Alumni

The list of past Luskin OCP Fellows along with their current place of employment can be found here.

The Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation

The Luskin Fellowship at the Office of Child Protection is generously funded by the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation. The Foundation aims to enrich their community with a particular focus on health, higher education, the environment, and the arts. In 2014, the Foundation launched the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative to highlight its commitment to supporting transition age foster youth and the families that care for them.

Luskin Leadership Fellowship at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Award amount: $22.99/hour

Number of awards: 1 annually

This academic yearlong prestigious Luskin Fellowship launched in 2023 to connect an outstanding Luskin graduate student to the Chair’s Office of the LA County Board of Supervisors (LACBOS). This fellowship provides this student with direct experience to learn from and work with the governing board of Los Angeles County. The Fellows are matched to a project that coincides with the Fellows’ expertise and the needs of the LACBOS. These are high-level assignments that may expand or change based on the evolving needs of the County. As such, this Luskin Fellowship requires graduate students to have a high level of professionalism, flexibility, and innovation. Potential focus areas include homelessness & housing or sustainability & transportation.

LA County Board of Supervisors

The Luskin Fellowship at the the LA County Board of Supervisors is generously funded by the LA County Board of Supervisors.

Important Note for all fellowships:

In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards requested at the $40,000 level may be adjusted to approximately $38,750. Awards may also impact students’ financial aid packages. In all cases, students will be notified of final award amount and are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

Luskin OSAAR Summer Fellowships

Luskin’s summer fellowships are 400 hours over summer.  Summer fellow applications typically open in late winter/early spring. Below are the awards that are available for summer 2023. More fellowships will be added as they become available. All fellowship opportunities will be posted no later than March 2023. One $7,500 award will be made for each internship. In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes.  Awards may also impact students’ financial aid packages.  In all cases, students will be notified of final award amount and are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

Eligibility & Application Timeline:

Luskin first year graduate students apply in winter and are selected in spring to begin in summer after their first year.

California Governor’s Office of External Affairs

Award amount:$7,800.

Number of awards: 1

Fellowship description

City of Los Angeles Civil Rights Department: Office of Race & Equity

Award amount:$7,800.

Number of awards: 1

As part of its landmark effort to make reparations recommendations to Mayor Bass and the Los Angeles City Council, the City’s Reparations Advisory Commission is collecting community input with its Black Experience Study, and intentional workshops to learn ideas that specific groups of residents may co-create with the Commissioners, LA Civil Rights staff, and study partners. The Commission is slated to issue its Harms Report this Spring, and will hold workshops to develop appropriate  / corresponding recommendations this Summer.

LA Civil Rights and its Office of Race & Equity is seeking a Graduate Summer Fellow to support the following efforts:

  • Coordination and planning of six to eight virtual community workshops to understand various stakeholders groups’ specific ideas for City-issued reparations.
  • Coordination of access to residents, community members, allies, and advocates for a thriving and repaired Black Los Angeles that may want to workshop ideas for a City or LA reparations proposal
  • Development of workshop agendas and activities.
  • Categorize and synthesize key takeaways from the meetings.

Climate Resolve

Award amount:$7,800.

Number of awards: 1


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LA Defensa: Coalition Coordination Team

Award amount: $7.8000

Number of awards: 1

Position Summary:

  1. Coalition Coordination
  2. Policy & Research
  3. Leadership Development
  4. Community Engagement & Field Organizing
  5. Digital Operations

Full Description

Liberty Hill Foundation

Award amount:$7,800.

Number of awards: 3

Liberty Hill is a non-profit organization that advances social change through a strategic combination of grants, leadership training and campaigns. Liberty Hill is first to identify community leaders at the frontlines of change. They invest in changemakers and equip them with the skills and relationships they need to build power and advance social justice. With a near 40-year track record, Liberty Hill is uniquely positioned to bring together forces for change and forge a common agenda for equality and opportunity in Los Angeles.

The full position descriptions can be found on the CareerHub posting!

Liberty Hill has hosted UCLA Luskin Summer Fellows since 2015. Information on what the Fellow Alumni are up to can be found here.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Division of HIV and STD Programs

Award amount:$7,800.

Number of awards: 1

Position Summary & Full Description

Seeking a Luskin Fellow to assist with projects tied to Los Angeles County’s Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative, under the Prevent and Treat Pillar. Duties may vary depending upon the project and may include, but are not limited to:
• Projects related to improving access to HIV medical care and wrap-around services for people living with HIV in Los Angeles County. (Treat)
• Conducting “secret shopper” calls to contracted PrEP Centers of Excellence to evaluate the efficiency of getting scheduled for a visit to initiate services for PrEP. (Prevent)
• Conducting a pharmacy landscape analysis. This entails research on Specialty pharmacies, creating a script, calling (or visiting) pharmacies to determine barriers are with implementing PrEP access via Senate Bill 159. SB 159 allows pharmacies to dispense 60 days’ worth of PrEP, or 30 days’ worth of PEP, without a prescription. (Prevent)

Position will be required to telework with limited in-person meetings at 600 S. Commonwealth Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90006.

Los Angeles LGBT Center: Policy & Advocacy

Award amount: $7.8000

Number of awards: 1

Position Summary:

The Fellow will receive training and develop their knowledge and skills in:
1) Developing policy briefs, public comments, action alerts, white papers and other policy documents for decision makers.
2) Community organizing, phone banking, recruiting and inspiring volunteers to take action to advance LGBT rights.
Responsibilities include:
1) Researching legislation, policies and key issues that affect LGBTQ community.
2) Attending and note taking at local, state and federal coalition meetings.
3) Phone banking and attending outreach events to recruit volunteers for Resistance Squad, the Center’s volunteer-led, rapid response policy team to help protect and expand the rights of the LGBT community.
4) Supporting general mobilization efforts to organize volunteers and community leaders to implement high-capacity grassroots activities.


Award amount:$7,800.

Number of awards: 1

Position Description:

  • Draft and edit talking points related to extreme heat, drought, and other climate risks for interviews, TreePeople projects, and related meetings.
  • Research case study examples and literature review for climate change and resilience-related topics
  • Assist with any upcoming workshops and symposium as needed
  • Attend weekly departmental meetings with the Policy and Research Team as well as weekly check ins with the Policy and Research Associate
  • Attend public hearings and provide public comments representing TreePeople

United States Conference of Mayors Intern (next offered summer 2025)

 Award amount: $10,000

Number of awards: 1

The David Bohnett Foundation sponsors a graduate student to intern with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are over 1,400 such cities in the country today. Its chief elected official, the mayor, represents each city in the Conference.  The US Conference of Mayors is seeking applications from graduate students at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs to be its 2022 Bohnett Foundation intern. The Bohnett Foundation annually supports a graduate student in urban public policy at the US Conference of Mayors.

The specific duties of the intern will be determined by 1) the intern’s interest in key urban policy issues (housing, environment, transportation, infrastructure, education, technology, public safety, livability, etc); and 2) the needs of the Conference during the summer months. Due to the ever-changing nature of mayors and their cities, issues often arise suddenly, so flexibility is required by our interns. The student will begin his/her work at the conclusion of UCLA’s academic year and run for a 10-week period.  The Bohnett Foundation intern will have the opportunity, at no cost, to attend the Conference’s 90th Annual Meeting in Reno, June 3-6,2022, where over 300 mayors will gather to discuss and debate national urban policy issues.  The intern will primarily be remote but may have the opportunity to work out of the USCM’s offices located in downtown Washington.

This opportunity is offered at UCLA Luskin every three years; other years, The Bohnett Foundation offers this opportunity through New York University or University of Michigan.

Fellowship Funding:

La Defensa, City of LA Office of Racial Equity & LA LGBT Center are generously funded by Luskin’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Campaign.

The LA County Department of Public Health, TreePeople, and Climate Resolve  Summer Fellowships are generously funded by the Barbara Yaroslavsky Memorial Fund.  The Barbara Yaroslavsky Memorial Fund was established to honor the lasting legacy of Barbara Yaroslavsky’s advocacy for and commitment to quality health care for everyone in our society.

Liberty Hill is generously funded by the Bronson Family.

Governor’s Office of External Affairs is generously funded by Michael Dukakis internship fund.

US Conference of Mayors is generously funded by the David Bohnett Foundation. David Bohnett is a philanthropist and technology entrepreneur. The mission of the David Bohnett Foundation is to improve society through social activism.

Luskin OSAAR Summer Internship Funding

Important Notes:

Below are the awards that are available for summer 20223. Awards differ by year based on available funding. In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. The final amount for a $7,500 may be approximately $7,050. Awards may also impact students’ financial aid packages. In all cases, students will be notified of final award amount and are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

Summer Internship Awards:

Public Service Internship Award

Award amount: $7,800.

Number of awards: 1

UCLA Luskin will provide one or two summer internship awards to a UCLA Luskin graduate student who will be accepting non-paid internships with organizations that are engaged in public service. The internship organization must be bi-partisan/non-partisan and can be a civic organization, non-partisan government agency or department, a community program or nonprofit organization, advocacy group or civic engagement. Internship will be ten weeks between June and September (400 hours).

To apply, write a one-page description of the internship and how it was secured, along with a one-page statement of interest that describes how the internship fits into your long-term career aspirations in public service. Include your name and Luskin department at the top of each page. Add your resume. To submit your application and resume, apply to the posting in CareerHub.

Yaroslavsky Health Policy/Practice Award

Award amount: $7,800.

Number of awards: 1

The Yaroslavsky Fellowship seeks to support graduate students at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with focusing on health policy or practice as it relates to Public Affairs.

Yaroslavsky Fund

Zev Yaroslavsky generously provided funding for UCLA Luskin students to get first-hand experience in healthcare policy/practice settings.

Luskin Research Center Opportunities

Luskin Center for Innovation

The Luskin Center for Innovation hires several graduate student researchers to conduct environmental policy research, support community organizations, and further their professional development. Interested students should visit their team page and contact the team member(s) most aligned with your interests about employment openings. They also offer Research Fellowships, Field Fellowships for Environmental Justice, and Graduate Research Grants

The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

The Lewis Center supports Luskin graduate students for capstone projects on topics that advance the center’s interests on the quality of life for residents in the Los Angeles region, with a focus on how people live, move, and work. Graduate student fellows are selected through a merit-based process during the year they intend to complete a capstone project. All projects must be geographically focused in the LA region and relate to one of the Lewis Center’s primary areas of interest: housing affordability, transportation equity, or jobs and the regional economy.

Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy

The Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy supports UCLA scholars who undertake collective work related to at least one of the Institute’s research themes. Products should demonstrate an explicit public orientation, i.e. an intent of speaking to public issues and/or addressing audiences that lie beyond the university. The Institute is especially interested in projects that organize knowledge to challenge inequality, be it by questioning established academic wisdom, contributing to public debate, or impacting policy decisions.

Latino Policy and Politics Initiative

The Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) addresses the most critical domestic policy challenges facing Latinos and other communities of color through research, advocacy, mobilization and leadership development to propel policy reforms that expand genuine opportunity for all Americans. LPPI fellows are equipped with technical skills and hands-on experiences critical to being transformational elected officials, organizational leaders and community allies of today and tomorrow.

Institute of Transportation Studies

The Institute of Transportation Studies supports and advances cutting-edge research, the highest-quality education, and meaningful and influential civic engagement on the many pressing transportation issues facing our cities, state, nation and world today. Master of Urban and Regional planning students complete one of the following in their second year prior to graduation:

  • Applied Planning Research Project (Client Project): The Client Project is applied planning research on a real-world problem conducted by MURP students in their 2nd year in order to satisfy the capstone requirement for the degree.  See features on the top 2021 projects and four c/o 2020 students and their projects.
  • Community Scholars or Comprehensive Project: Community Scholars & the Comprehensive Projects are similar, in many respects, to the client project, but larger in scope and scale. These projects simulate real world planning practice in that they incorporate students from various areas of concentration working together to research a problem from multiple planning angles.
  • Masters’ Theses: The thesis focuses on posing and answering a research question in planning that has not previously been answered. Research is conducted by a MURP student in conjunction with a faculty committee.

Center for Neighborhood Knowledge (CNK)

The Center for Neighborhood Knowledge is dedicated to translating its research to inform actionable neighborhood-related policies and programs that contribute to positive social change. We specialize in empirical spatial analysis and emphasizes the study of diversity, differences, and disparities among neighborhoods, and explicitly cover immigrant enclaves, low-income neighborhoods and minority communities.

Global Public Affairs

The International Practice Pathway (IPP) of Global Public Affairs at Luskin provides financial support for first year students seeking summer placements in low and middle-income countries. GPA can assist students with information on potential summer internship placements, including contact information of summer employers, as well as second-year students and Luskin graduates who completed summer internships.

Summer internships are serious professional undertakings involving recognized international organizations. Professionalism, responsibility, and respect are required of all students participating in the program. Click here for more information on IPP Summer Fellowships.

Latin American Cities Initiative

The mission of the Latin American Cities Initiative is to develop and deepen knowledge networks among students, educators and professionals in the arena of urban planning and policy in South, Central and North America. The Latin American Cities Initiative will provide funding for student capstone research on planning and urban policy in Latin America, as well as support in identifying clients and topics, beginning in 2019. If you are interested in applying, please contact ciudades@luskin.ucla.edu. The Latin American Cities Initiative will assist students at UCLA Luskin to find an internship in a planning or policy field in Latin America, in collaboration with Luskin Global Public Affairs.

The Global Lab for Research in Action

The Global Lab for Research in Action pursues evidence-based solutions to critical health, education and economic challenges faced by children, adolescents and women around the world. We conduct research that informs people, programs and policy to make a tangible impact on the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable individuals. 

The UCLA Hub for Health Intervention, Policy and Practice

The Hub for Health Intervention, Policy and Practice connects the academy, community and policymakers to address health disparities among diverse communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Hub engages community members in impactful, theory-driven and sustainable research that informs high-level policy and street-level social justice health outcomes. HHIPP’s work situates health policy within a social welfare and social justice framework.

The Gay Sexuality and Social Policy Initiative

The Gay Sexuality and Social Policy Initiative will conduct cutting edge research that centers gay male sexuality and gay men’s unique experiences related to sex. Investment in GSSPI will be an investment in the lives of gay men and will increase the effectiveness of ongoing efforts to improve quality of life for gay men around the world.

Berggruen Governance Index

The Berggruen Fellowship Program is a cornerstone of the Institute’s mission to nurture ideas that shape the future. It offers scholars the opportunity of flexible periods to live and work in both the United States and China. Berggruen Fellows produce books, scholarly workshops, deliver lectures, colloquia, and academic articles to disseminate the ideas cultivated throughout their fellowship. The themes of the fellowship range from global and technological development to philosophical and cultural change, with the focus varying within each program area.

Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives is an online-only, peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary journal seeking to advance social science research and debates in a globalizing world, specifically in terms of concepts, theories, methodologies, and evidence bases.

California Policy Lab

The California Policy Lab is a non-partisan research institute. Their mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. Their work is focused in six policy areas: education, criminal justice reform, poverty and the social safety net, labor and employment, health, and homelessness and high needs populations.

Center for Policy Research on Aging

Center for Policy Research on Aging studies the major policy issues affecting our aging society including Social Security, Medicare, long-term care and the societal implications that accompany the aging of the baby boom generation and its parents. CPRA conducts research, fosters  multidisciplinary collaboration among UCLA faculty,  and works closely with policy makers,  service  providers and community groups in meeting the challenges of an aging society.

External Fellowships & Internship Funds

University-Wide scholarships, grants, and fellowships

Search the GRAPES (Graduate & Postdoctoral Education Support) database for awards from among 625 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and postdoctoral awards.

Randall Lewis Health & Policy Fellowship

The purpose of the Randall Lewis Health & Policy Fellowship program is to ensure the development of public health and health administration, health policy, urban planning, and data professionals who possess the necessary skills to influence positive change in public policy, systems, and the built environment in our local communities. The Randall Lewis Health & Policy Fellowship is a prestigious and competitive fellowship for master and doctoral level students interested in health policy and related disciplines. Each fellow is matched according to skill sets needed by the hosting city, agency or business and the fellow’s interests and training. They accept applications from MPP, MSW, MURP and doctoral students. The fellowship is an 8-month (400 hour) commitment beginning in September through May. Applications are usually due in mid-summer. A $6,500 stipend is paid to the fellows upon completion of hours, projects, and final deliverables.

Luskin Randall Health Lewis Health & Policy Fellowship Program Alumni can be found here.


ProFellow is a free database that can help you search 2000+ professional and academic fellowships, along with advice and resources on fellowship applications. Please note that some of these are available for post-graduate professionals.

Post Undergraduate Fellowships

There are a number of post undergraduate fellowships in public affairs that can also provide funding for a graduate education related to public policy, urban planning, or social welfare. Below is a non-exhaustive list of some opportunities current undergraduate students can explore.

California Capital Fellows Program

  • Application Timeline: September – December
  • Program Duration: October-August

The Center administers four fellowship programs: Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, Executive Fellowship, Judicial Administration Fellowship, and California Senate Fellows. These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California.

CHLI Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program

  • Fall Application Timeline: March – April
  • Fall Program Duration: August to December
  • Spring Application Timeline: October through November
  • Spring Program Duration: January to May

A semester-long internship program featuring placement in Congressional and corporate legislative affairs office. Students will gain educational and hands-on experience with project-based public policy programs. The program takes place in the spring and in the fall semester of each year. Must be a Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or within one calendar year of graduation.

Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs

  • Application timeline: December-January
  • Program Duration: August/September- May/June
    The Coro Fellows Program develops emerging leaders to work and lead across different sectors by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and networks to accelerate positive change. We achieve our mission by: Honing communication and critical-thinking skills with an approach unlike those taught in any other professional or academic programs. This empowers you to build relationships faster and increase your impact. Exposing you to multiple sectors. By working across various industries, you directly experience whole-systems thinking that provides a tangible understanding of different paths to being effective. Providing a cohort structure that gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to practice complex decision-making and active feedback. This allows you to better lead across differences. Facilitating hands-on learning in real-life situations. This ensures you grow from your experience and develop the skills and confidence to tackle whatever issue or opportunity comes next.

Greenlining Institute Leading for Racial Equity Fellowship

  • Application Timeline: March- April
  • Program Duration: September- August
    The Fellowship is an 11-month professional development program for emerging social justice leaders taking the lead on race equity work, and advocating for change on a systemic level. Fellows are assigned to specific policy teams and hone their expertise by working with Greenlining staff on critical issues impacting our communities.

ILF Civic Fellowship Program

  • Application Timeline: November- January
  • Program Duration: June-August

The ILF Civic Fellowship Program is on a mission to foster the next generation of AANHPI leaders in public service by promoting civic awareness, public engagement, and increasing the effectiveness of the AANHPI communities. Fellows learn how politics, the policy-making process, and public service are integrated in governance and how to make the federal government work for the community. ILF Civic Fellowship provides an 8 to 10-week public service internship at federal agencies, scholarship, and a variety of seminars and workshops on civic engagement and career, personal, and leadership development.

Public Policy and International Affairs Program Junior Summer Institute

  • Application Timeline: September-November
  • Program Duration: June-July

Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute before their senior year. During the JSI summer program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program

  • Application Timeline: July-September
  • Program Duration: multi-year

The Pickering Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to promote positive change in the world. Upon successful completion of a two-year master’s degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, DC and at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe. Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of State’s Foreign Service.

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program

  • Application Timeline: July-October
  • Program Duration: multi-year

The Payne Fellowship Program awards up to thirty fellowships valued at up to $52,000 annually for a two-year program. At the conclusion of two years of study, the Payne Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international development or another area of relevance to the work of the USAID Foreign Service at a U.S. graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  Fellows who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Post Graduate Fellowships

Post-graduate fellowships are a wonderful way to receive additional training, get additional exposure to a particular field, and expand your network in a particular area. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of all the opportunities that are available to you.

Luskin Alumni who have participated in these post-graduate fellowships can be found here.

American Jewish Committee – The Helen and Martin Kimmel Internship Program
College and graduate students are encouraged to apply for volunteer internships year-round at The American Jewish Committee. Interns have the unique opportunity to get an insider’s look at the work of AJC in areas such as diplomatic outreach, Israel advocacy, intergroup and interethnic relations, and public relations.

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Fellowship
The APAICS Fellowship provides exceptional graduates and young professionals with an opportunity to work on policy issues as full-time staff members (9-month position) of a Congressional office, Federal agency, or non-profit community organization.

California Capital Fellows Program
The Center administers four fellowship programs: Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, Executive Fellowship, Judicial Administration Fellowship, and California Senate Fellows. These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California.

Charles G. Koch Associates Program
The Koch Associate Program is a challenging job opportunity for professionals who are passionate about free-market ideas, and want to become more effective at advancing liberty throughout their careers. The aim is to develop the capabilities of the Associates through the program by providing management training, professional development, and the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their career potential. While in the program, each Associate works four days a week in a full-time position at a reputable non–profit organization. Job opportunities are as diverse as Associates and range from policy research to communication and public relations.

City of Long Beach Management Assistant Program/ David M Wodynski Memorial Fellowship

The City of Long Beach Management Assistant Program offers an intense and fulfilling one-year apprenticeship filled with challenge, excitement, and tremendous opportunities for career and personal growth—not to mention a host of work-life benefits that are hard to match.

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs
The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine-month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, intelligent, and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis.

Echoing Green Foundation Public Service Fellowships
Echoing Green is a private foundation that applies a venture capital approach to philanthropy. Through its Public Service Fellowship, the Foundation finds, attracts, and invests in a diverse group of emerging social entrepreneurs who plan to start up and lead innovative, replicable, and sustainable public service projects and organizations. The Fellowship provides a two-year award of $60,000, health benefits, and an online connectivity stipend. Because Echoing Green supports new non-profit organizations, the Foundation expects its Fellows to raise additional funds to support their work. Echoing Green accepts applications from individuals who are 18 years or older; have an innovative, original idea; are committed to working full time on their project for at least two years; and are in the start-up phase of their project.

Education Pioneers

The EP Impact Fellowship is an intensive, 10-month experience that helps turn rising leaders’ skills and passions for social good into new, tangible leadership opportunities — supporting educational equity and advancing careers, at the same time.

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellows
Climate Corps fellows are graduate students who work with companies, public institutions, and non-profit organizations to meet climate commitments by identifying opportunities to reduce emissions in their operations and supply chains. We are looking for graduate students from diverse backgrounds, with a range of experiences, training, and ambition, who are motivated to join the climate workforce and advance climate projects within organizations.

Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Young Fellows Program
FCNL Young Fellows spend 11 months working in Washington, DC, with key staff members to build expertise in advocacy from a public interest perspective. The program is full-time and paid a subsistence-level salary with benefits. Fellows work under the title “program assistant” and work directly with FCNL lobbyists and other senior staff, gaining first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the organizing and communications work that is necessary for policy change.

Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

We hire and train full-time Fellows who provide support to government agencies and collaborate closely with government innovators in leading impactful reform projects. Most of these projects are focused on solving difficult social problems such as criminal justice reform, child wellbeing, economic mobility in historically marginalized communities, among many others. At least two years of professional work experience is preferred for this role.

Possible locations for these roles include: Albuquerque or Santa Fe, NM; Alameda County, CA; Atlanta, GA; Detroit or Lansing, MI; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Seattle, WA; Syracuse, NY; Washington DC; and Remote Positions (requires access to major U.S. airports for occasional travel).

Los Angeles County Management Fellows Program

The County Management Fellows Program is a two-year paid fellowship for individuals who want to pursue a career in County government. The program provides fellows with a unique opportunity to work in the most populous county in the nation. With 35 County departments, fellows participate in many dynamic programs and service-oriented operations such as children and family well-being, County business operations, community based programs, capital programs, health and mental health services, and public safety. The program is managed by the Department of Human Resources.

Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy
The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy program offers a unique opportunity for outstanding medical, dental, public health, public policy, and graduate nursing students to conduct summer research projects on early childhood health and development and/or some aspect of health care delivery transformation for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on the policy implications of the research findings. The Fellowship also includes a variety of leadership development activities and skill building in policy advocacy with opportunities to meet local and national health policy leaders. Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 intended to cover living expenses.

MENAR Fellowship Program
The MENAR Fellowship Program is working to achieve this objective by offering one-year post-graduation fellowships for top graduates of American colleges at leading organizations in the Middle East and North Africa. The program offers these graduates an opportunity to engage with the people and institutions of the Middle East through high-impact, professional fellowships; provides service organizations with passionate young professionals who can forge a bridge between the U.S. and the region and aid in the region’s development; and fosters a new generation of U.S. leaders in service, politics, and policy who have experience with the challenges the region faces and the potential it holds.

NYC HPD-HDC Housing Fellows Program

The HPD-HDC Housing Fellows Program is a two-year program designed to bring talented young professionals to the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to expose them both to New York City government and to the field of affordable housing. Fellows must be recent graduates of schools of public policy, urban studies, planning, management, law or a related field. Over the duration of the two-year program, Housing Fellows rotate through four six-month placements between HPD and HDC, learning firsthand about the City’s efforts to revitalize New York City’s neighborhoods through new construction; preservation; financing, including tax-exempt and taxable bonds; code enforcement; housing litigation; neighborhood planning; and property management, for example. In addition to the professional experiences, Fellows participate in site visits and inspections of developments across New York City; meet with housing leaders in government, business, nonprofit organizations and academia; and participate in conferences, among other activities.

NYC Urban Fellows
The Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City.

Presidential Management Fellowship

Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is the Federal Government’s flagship leadership development program for advanced degree holders across all academic disciplines. It was established 45 years ago by Executive Order and has gone through changes over the years, but the essential mission remains the same: to recruit and develop a cadre of future government leaders drawn from all segments of society. Eligible individuals apply to be selected as Finalists. Finalists then have 12 months to secure an appointment as a Fellow, which is a two-year, full-time, paid fellowship at a Federal agency. The PMF Program creates a lasting bond among Fellows and Alumni. It also instills a spirit of public service, which, for Fellows who complete the program successfully, can ultimately encourage and lead to a career in government.

San Francisco Foundation Multicultural Fellowship

The Fellowship is a l two-year, full-time program that includes:

  • Experiential learning opportunities: Fellows work within a program team to learn how to advance racial and economic equity by leveraging grantmaking and other philanthropic tools.
  • Personal and professional development: Fellows spend two years within a close-knit cohort, where they have the opportunity to receive individual coaching, refine their leadership and interpersonal skills, and practice systems change and movement building work.
  • Insider access: Fellows engage with a wide variety of executives in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors through conferences, trainings, private meetings, and mentorship.
  • Meaningful network: Fellows gain direct access to a community of partners in different types of philanthropic institutions and join an alumni network of nearly 100 leaders.

Scoville Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship’s Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the Fellows with policy experts.

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program
The Rangel Program is a U.S. State Department program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure, and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

San Francisco Fellows Program
The mission of the San Francisco Fellows program is to foster community stewardship by preparing recent college graduates and young professionals for roles in public service and administration.

US PIRG Fellowship
As a U.S. PIRG fellow, you’ll gain the hands-on experience it takes to organize public support. You’ll build expertise on an important issue, such as transportation solutions, health care reform, or toxic pollution cleanup. You’ll conduct research, craft policy solutions, act as a spokesperson to the media, build coalitions, write grants, and recruit activists and members. You’ll work alongside a senior mentor, and upon successful completion of the two-year program, you’ll be eligible for a leadership role within the organization.

WCPI Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

The fellowships are extended each year to a select number of students pursuing a graduate degree or those who have recently completed a master’s, doctorate, or professional degree with a proven commitment to equity for women. Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to July in congressional offices.

White House Fellows Program
Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows Program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government. White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally.