Are you or someone you know interested in tackling domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education, and criminal justice? Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) would like to share information with you about the State Policy Fellowship program, an exciting career opportunity for master’s level students and recent graduates. The Fellowship is a project of the State Priorities Partnership, a national network of independent state policy organizations in 43 states coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), one of the nation’s premier policy institutes. Since 2010, CBPP and the State Priorities Partnership, have placed fellows in leading state-based policy organizations across the country. The fellowship is designed to:
- Bring diverse perspectives to state policy debates. To expand the voices that speak with authority in state policy debates, the program identifies highly qualified candidates with a track record of working on public policies affecting low-income and diverse communities and policies with implications for racial equity.
- Make a difference for vulnerable families and communities. Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents, promote positive reforms, and collaborate with advocates to engage the public on the impacts of public policies on local communities.
- Launch careers. State Policy Fellows spend two years developing expertise in issues such as state budget and tax policies, health care, education finance, family economic security, and criminal justice. Fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. for training and career development, work with mentors, and have access to ongoing training and opportunities for professional growth.
Eligible candidates must have received a graduate degree within the past two years, or expect to receive a degree before August 1, 2018. Candidates must also have a strong academic record and be eligible to work full-time in the United States for the two-year duration of the program. Candidates interested in fulfilling the fellowship at AACF should indicate AACF as their first choice.