Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Gov. Youngkin Announces 2024 Governor’s Fellows Program

RICHMOND — Gov. Youngkin announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Governor’s Fellows Program.

The Governor’s Fellows Program is an opportunity for rising seniors and recent graduates to get a firsthand look at the executive branch in action, according to the governor’s office. Since 1982, fellows have worked alongside the Governor’s Cabinet and staff, learning about state government and assisting in work for the Commonwealth.

“We are excited to welcome the next generation of leaders to kick off their careers with our administration,” Youngkin said. “The Governor’s Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for Virginia students to experience public service first-hand and gain essential work skills for their future.”

During their time in service to the Commonwealth, Governor’s fellows have the opportunity to learn from special guest speakers who are leaders in state government and beyond, according to the governor’s office. Fellows also experience state government on the road, visiting state government agencies and historic sites that have shaped our past and are improving our future.

“The Governor’s Fellow program is an experience I cannot recommend highly enough! It provided me with an enormous boost straight out of college that helped prepare and propel me forward into the role I have today,” said Max Berckmueller, 2023 Governor’s Fellow. “I loved how the program brought together people from various backgrounds and walks of life with different interests and goals into a fellowship where you can make some amazing connections and friendships.”

Qualified applicants must be rising college seniors, graduating seniors, or graduate students. All Virginia college and university students are eligible to apply. Virginia residents who attend out-of-state colleges and universities are also eligible. Both public and private college and university students are encouraged to apply. The selection of fellows is based solely on merit. The program does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status, according to the governor’s office.

“The Governor’s Fellows Program gave me the invaluable experience of working first-hand with members of the Governor’s cabinet. I learned so much about not only the inner workings of state Government but also about myself as a professional,” said Josie Rao, 2023 Governor’s Fellow.

The deadline to apply for the Governor’s Fellows Program is Monday, March 4. Interviews will begin on Monday, March 11. Applicants will be advised on decisions beginning on April 12. The program runs from June 3 through Aug. 2.

To apply, visit the Governor’s Fellows Program website.

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