Nonpartisan global-affairs program targets young Capitol Hill staffers

             FPI Congressional Scholars Program

                                 Call for Applications

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its inaugural 2012 Congressional Scholars Program. The FPI Congressional Scholars Program is designed to educate rising leaders in foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill. By identifying and connecting young congressional staffers of both political parties who share a commitment to international engagement, support for America’s allies, expanding political and economic freedom, and a strong military, the program will foster a community of young professionals on the Hill and educate those on the frontlines of the policy making process about key foreign policy issues.

Program Description

FPI Congressional Scholars may be invited to participate in one or more weekly interactive lectures with notable foreign policy and national security experts. The program will also feature networking receptions and other opportunities that will enhance participants’ professional skills. All events will take place on Capitol Hill during July and August 2012. This program complies with House and Senate ethics rules. For more information about the program, click here.

Requirements & Expectations

FPI is seeking the best and brightest congressional staffers age 35 and under of both political parties from House and Senate members’ offices and committees. The applicant should be a Senate legislative correspondent (LC) or above; a House legislative assistant (LA) or above; a communications staffer; a military fellow; or a professional staff member of a House or Senate Committee. (Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.) The briefings will be scheduled for one hour on Fridays to accommodate the congressional schedule. Before applying, please consider if your professional obligations will allow you to fully participate.

Application Process

Congressional staffers who are interested in applying for the FPI Congressional Scholars Program are asked to fill out the application form on the FPI website, which includes submitting the following materials:

·         Resume

·         Letter of interest describing how the applicant will contribute to and benefit from theprogram

·         Letter of reference from the applicant’s chief of staff or other supervisor

All application materials must be submitted in full by 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 7. Applicants will be notified of their selection by mid-June, and the program will begin in early July. Any questions should be directed to FPI External Affairs Associate Rachael Johnson at