The Summer Fellowship is an eight-week, stipended opportunity for students to work on policy projects focused on building true public power and protecting public goods—from water to education to the internet, and more—to ensure that everyone has access to what they need in order to thrive in our society. The fellowship offers participants mentoring and policy and communications support for their projects, and can be pursued in our NYC office or remotely.
This program supports projects that can be developed individually or in teams of two students, with the following options for time commitment:
- 35-hour weekly commitment: time commitment of 35 hours per week, pursued either individually or in teams of two. If applying as a team, each student has a time commitment of 15 hours per week (students share the full-time hour commitment).
- 15-hour weekly commitment: time commitment of 15 hours per week, only applicable to individual applicants.
Compensation will be given per type of opportunity; 35-hour weekly projects will receive a stipend of $3,000 in total, and 15-hour weekly projects, $1,500. Students applying in teams of two for the 35-hour weekly commitment will each receive $1,500, following the structure described above. All accepted projects will receive a budget for related expenses.
The fellowship applications open on February 11 and close on March 10. The program will run for eight weeks, from June 3 until July 26, beginning with a one-day orientation session.
Who should apply?
- Students who have already defined a problem and a proposal to work on
- Roosevelters who believe in fighting to defend public goods against corporate power
- Students with proposals that seek to make change at the local or state level, and are under Roosevelt’s public goods framework
- Individuals or teams of two students
- Students interested in either research or community-organizing/coalition-building projects
Graduating seniors are not eligible for this opportunity
Selection criteria include the viability of the proposal, evidence of long-term interest, clear plans for the summer, and a clear understanding of Roosevelt’s resources.
People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQI+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Isenberg Fellowship
Each year one of our summer fellows will be selected to serve as an Isenberg fellow. Taylor Jo Isenberg is a former national director of the network who dedicated 10 years of service to the organization as a student and as a staff member. Her commitment to policies and processes that improved democracy made a lasting impact on the organization. To qualify for this fellowship, a student’s project must demonstrate a firm commitment to democratic access and opening up policy-making to new voices.