Deadline: March 8, 2015, 11:59 PST

Eligibility requirements:

  • Undergraduates interested in careers in public policy and politics

Award summary and conditions: The Roosevelt Institute Summer Academy fellowship combines a full-time placement in a partner organization with an integrated curriculum of leadership and policy development. Fellows are provided weekly policy trainings and a speaker series where they can interact with leading progressive thinkers and policy organizations in an intimate setting.

Over the course of nine weeks, Summer Academy Fellows are placed full-time with a partner organization, including city governments, community-based organizations, advocacy groups, and think tanks. Concurrently, Fellows participate in a rigorous curriculum composed of workshops, a team-based challenge, field visits, and a speaker series that develops key skills necessary to effectively engage with policy change. Based in New York City, Chicago, and the Bay Area, the Summer Academy engages students in the frontlines of policy innovation and grassroots change. While the opportunities available to each fellow vary per city, each program will have the same curriculum of policy briefs and trainings meant to develop and expand each Summer Academy fellow's skill set. All Academies run from May 29 to July 31, 2015

Each fellowship comes with a stipend range of $2,000 to $3000, depending on the applicants' financial needs This will be negotiated after acceptance.

Application process:  electronic
Application materials:

  • Completed application and essays (See below for essay questions)
  • 1 copy of your unofficial transcript
  • Resume (1 page)
  • 2 letters of recommendation:
    • One must be from a former or current supervisor/employer
    • If there is a Roosevelt chapter on your campus, the other recommendation must come from your Chapter Head and/or Regional Coordinator
    • If your recommender prefers to send her/his letter directly, please mail it to:
      Elizabeth Sisson
      Roosevelt Institute
      570 Lexington Avenue (5th Floor)
      New York, NY 10022
      Or email to with the following heading:
      "[Summer Academy Application] Applicant's First and Last Name"
  • Essays (500 words maximum for the first three essay answers)
    At the heart of our theory of change is a deep-seated belief that policy matters in the quest for a better future. Using a historical or personal lens, why do you think policy matters?
    Give us one example of when you were mad enough, excited enough, or inspired enough to do something to change something. Did it work?
    How do you intend to use this experience after the program is over?
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? (25 words maximum)

Faculty representative:  Keith Raether

National committee interview:  Yes

Contact information: