1. Work with FCNL

Young Fellows Program

Applications for 2020-2021 are now closed.


Recent college graduates spend 11 months working with key staff members at FCNL to build expertise in advocacy from a public interest perspective.

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Former Young Fellow Annie Boggess gives a presentation at FCNL's Annual Meeting

The program is full-time and paid a salary at the D.C. living wage standard with benefits. Fellows work under the title “program assistant” and work directly with FCNL lobbyists and other senior staff, gaining first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the organizing and communications work that is necessary for policy change.

Young fellows work full-time from late August through the end of the following July.

The program offers opportunities for:

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  • Advocacy: Lobby Congress and build grassroots campaigns to encourage constituents and members of Congress to take action by providing them with information on critical issues.
  • Research: Attend congressional committee hearings and coalition meetings and analyze documents and reports.
  • Communications: Draft action alerts, letters, and background reports to keep constituents informed and to express FCNL's position to Congress and the administration.
  • Outreach: Help build democracy by organizing campaigns and workshops that empower people around the country to engage with elected officials in Washington.

Application Process

The application period for 2021-2022 begins in October 2020.

Salary and Benefits

Salary covers basic living expenses for the Washington, D.C. area. Benefits include fully paid health coverage, paid vacation and sick leave, and a public transportation or biking stipend. Program assistants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.

FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from different ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.