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Fellowship Pathways to Government Careers

October 24, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This session is offered as part of Government Week at Mason Career Services.

The session provides an overview of nationally competitive fellowship and scholarship awards that offer elite pathways into federal government and public service careers.  Some fellowship and scholarship programs lead directly to employment in government agencies, offices, or laboratories.   For example, alumni of the Rangel and Pickering Fellowships join the U.S. Foreign Service.  Alumni of the Payne Fellowship join USAID, and Presidential Management Fellows receive two-year assignments in the federal government according to their qualifications and skills.  Other programs offer preferential access to government careers for program alumni, provide a point of entry through service requirements, or help alumni develop professional profiles and networks that prepare them to enter government and/or public service careers. For example, alumni of the Boren Awards programs (for international study and language training) serve for one year in the federal government following graduation – which affords an opportunity to gain experience, access, and connections.  Participants in the DOD SMART program (for STEM students) receive paid summer internships in DOD laboratories.  And participants in the ACLS Public Fellows program (for humanities and social science PhDs) work in government, NGO, and non-profit offices as a pathway into high level public service careers.  Opportunities are also available at the state and local levels.  The Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program offers state government experience, while “urban fellows” programs such as those in Washington D.C. and New York City offer experience in municipal government. Finally, fellowships such as the Bosch Fellowship, Alfa Fellowship, Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, EMDAP and EMGIP awards offer opportunities to gain international experience in government and public sector affairs.


October 24, 2014
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


SUB 1 Room 3400
Fairfax, VA 22030 United States


Career Services / Graduate Fellowships