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Oregon Summer Fellowship

Program Focus

The Oregon Summer Fellowship pulls the brightest graduate students from across the country into the distinct natural, political and economic settings of Portland and Oregon. Students arrive from diverse academic disciplines, careers and life experiences, but all answering a call to public service. The 10-week fellowship places students with local levels of government, non-profits or private consultants providing dynamic challenges for the fellow and professional expectations from the sponsoring agency for the future leaders.

This program is for current graduate students who are enrolled in a Master or Ph.D. program.  Their starting dates span early May through late June, depending on the academic calendar of their university, but in all cases their appointments are for 40 hours per week spread over 10-weeks. Presently, approximately 20 placements are anticipated.

Fellow Compensation

Fellows will receive a $6,000 stipend over the course of the Fellowship.

Program Requirements

1.  Currently enrolled in a graduate program - either a master or doctoral program

2.  Agree to participate in networking and continuing education events scheduled throughout the program*

3.  Attend a three-day orientation and team building session scheduled June 13-15, 2016

4.  Commit to work 10 weeks (40 hours/week) at a qualified organization in Oregon

5.  Must be eligible for work in the United States through September 30, 2016

*These ongoing training and professional development activities aim to supplement each Hatfield Fellow's subject matter expertise by increasing their leadership and management capabilities. In addition, these events give Center for Public Service (CPS) an opportunity to teach the Fellows about the Northwest's rich policy heritage, the ethics and values that continue to shape the Northwest's policy making process, and introduce the Fellows to key decision makers.

Fellowship Applications

The easy-to-complete, “staged,”  online application process for both programs begins during fall term with finalists notified on or before February 19, 2016.

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Application stage 1 includes information about your educational background and requires an upload of your resume.  Due: January 4, 2016.

More information on the application process (deadlines for each of the stages and decision dates) available on the Application Timeline page.

One letter of recommendation is required with your application.  The instructions for this are included after stage 1 decisions are made.

The program specifically recruits students from the following disciplines:

  • Public policy
  • Public administration
  • Business administration
  • Sustainability and natural resources management
  • Computer science and information studies
  • Industrial and process engineering
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Other disciplines pertinent to public management and public service will gladly be considered from well-qualified applicants with the provision that our selections are ultimately driven by matching the requirements of our sponsors to the aspiration of our applicants, so certain disciplines and skills are more easily matched than others.

Placement with Sponsors

The majority of placements will be with state and local government agencies. A few Fellows will be positioned with nonprofits or an occasional private company, typically consultancies.