Policy Fellowship

The Fellowship Program is an 11-month training program for emerging leaders interested in learning to take the lead on race and advocate for change on a systemic level. Fellows are assigned to specific policy program areas and develop expertise with the direction of a policy director and the Academy Director. Each Fellowship experience is unique and is shaped by the current policy focus of their program area. Although the curriculum is similar to that of the Associates program, Fellows are given more responsibility and independence to implement projects and programs. The learning environment is based on combining experiential learning opportunities, individual development and team participation.

Fellows participate in leadership and skills development workshops, attend meetings with key stakeholders, and conduct site visits to community, government, and corporate entities. Fellows receive regular mentorship, professional and personal skill development, and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, fundraise, testify at policy hearings, and participate in key meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOs, and political leaders.

Fellows participate in personal and professional development workshops that teach participants essential skills that will strengthen their capacity to contribute to their Greenlining experience as well as enhance their future opportunities. To learn more about the leadership academy's curriculum, click here.

Applying for the Policy Fellowship

Candidates for Policy Fellow must complete the Academy application and have either two to three years of related experience without a Bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree and one year of related  experience. Cumulative experience meets the related experience qualification.

Legal Fellowship

The Greenlining Legal Fellowship is an 11-month training program for leaders who have recently completed law school and attained their Juris Doctorate by the start of the program. Legal Fellows will be assigned to either the Energy or Environmental Equity programs, and will develop expertise in those areas under the direction and guidance of a policy director and the Academy Director. Each year’s issue agenda is a little different: please see the program page links for an idea of what issues each program has been working on recently.

The learning environment is based on combining experiential learning opportunities, individual development and team participation. Legal Fellows participate in personal and professional development workshops that teach participants essential skills that will strengthen their capacity to contribute to their Greenlining experience as well as enhance their future opportunities. To learn more about the leadership academy's curriculum, click here.

Applying for the Legal Fellowship

Candidates for Legal Fellow must have a completed law degree by program start date.

How to Apply

The Leadership Academy Policy Fellowship is an 11-month training and experiential learning program for emerging social justice  leaders seeking to gain hands-on public policy experience and to invest in their professional growth. Our leadership development model is centered around integrating Fellows into one of Greenlining’s policy teams to develop, plan, and implement the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts while they work with the Leadership Academy to focus on developing the skills to manage a personal ecology.

Eligibility

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • If you have not earned a bachelor’s degree, two to three years of relevant experience required
  • If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution, at least one year of relevant experience required
  • Relevant experience can be cumulative
  • Committed to championing causes that serve low-income communities and communities of color
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work independently
  • Versatile and adaptable; can think on their feet in response to changing circumstances
  • Thrives in, and contributes to, a team-oriented working environment
  • Effectively communicates needs and solutions to personal and professional challenges
  • Strong personal initiative and motivation, strong work ethic, and sense of pride in their work product
  • Track record of working toward social and racial justice
  • A self-starter who likes to take initiative, is curious and seeks opportunities to grow
  • and expand their knowledge and skills
  • Skilled at working well with a wide range of people and able to manage complex projects
  • with attention to detail and deadlines
  • Creativity; can spot nontraditional opportunities and find a way to take advantage of theme
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