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Alumni Insights

Learn what our 2015-2016 fellows have to say about the fellowship experience! 

The Fellowship Year

“The APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is an unparalleled and unique way for political scientists to see how Congress really works, and to gain unique insights into the policy process they study as academics.” 

“You learn things you don't expect to learn and you walk away with a new skill set and amazing contacts.”   

“The APSA Congressional Fellowship Program was an amazing opportunity to learn about Congress.  The balance between the orientation offered in the Fall and the on-job-experience offered an in-depth experience, which provided insight into the Congressional process that I don’t think is available elsewhere.”  

“The fellowship is a fun, meaningful, and life-changing experience. I have a gained a new perspective on Congress and legislative politics that will forever improve my teaching and research.” 

I had a front row seat to watch one of the Senate’s most effective leaders respond to the most pressing public health crises of our time – Flint water contamination, opioid epidemic, and the Zika crisis.  What could be more amazing than that?!” 

An exceptional experience that provided a window into the workings of a congressional office.” 

“Participating in the APSA Congressional Fellowship was a rewarding experience that broadened my understanding of the legislative process.  Working with legislative staff on a day-to-day basis has also identified ways to make my research on Congress more relevant to those who work within the institution and ways I can restructure course assignments to simulate the skills staff need to contribute in a meaningful way.” 

This fellowship has changed my life and my career trajectory.  I am more confident and able to inform politicians and stakeholders about health and aging policy.  I understand even more clearly my responsibilities as an American citizen, and the opportunities afforded to me to participate in my government.”  


Orientation

The APSA congressional fellowship program provides the most comprehensive orientation of any fellowship program – allowing fellows to hit the ground running and make the most of their time on the Hill.” 

“The APSA CFP orientation offered in November was incredibly useful for my placement….I also appreciated how many APSA CFP alumni we met.” “A fantastic array of speakers who offered useful insights on congressional work.” 

The orientation was a major benefit, because fellows were immediately introduced to jargon on the Capitol, and the diverse presentations (public scholars and CRS trainings) provided excellent examples of how different perspectives view/utilize the same information.”

“The orientation is very informative and set the stage for the entire fellowship.” 

“You spend a month…learning how federal policy works, networking, and securing a placement. What could be a better way to transition to or grow in the policy field?


Enrichment Activities

District Trip
“An opportunity not to be missed!”

 

“The district visit …was the most valuable experience of the fellowship with respect to improving my teaching.

 

Wilson Seminar Series
“Always interesting and informative.”

 

“Enlightening.”  

 

Canadian Exchange
An unexpected highlight of the fellowship year. Learning about politics and governance in the Canadian context revealed stark comparisons with the American experience.” 

 

“The Canadian exchange wasn’t just an opportunity to try poutine and play tourist.  Rather, it was an opportunity to see – up close and personal – how different (yet how similar) our neighbors to the North are to us. … My knowledge of Canada and its parliamentary system increased close to 100 percent because of this program.”  

 

Maryland Statehouse Visit
The history and traditions were awe inspiring; learning more about our first President on the spot where he resigned his commission was a highlight.”  

“An interesting look at politics and governance on the state level.”

“Prior to this visit, I did not know much about Maryland’s political history and hadn’t given much thought to the work of state legislatures.  The visit to Annapolis’ State House fixed that!  The visit was very informative and I gained a new appreciation for legislation at the state level.”  

A fantastic array of speakers who offered useful insights on congressional work.” 
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