White House Fellows typically spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials.
Their assignments demand a capacity for quick learning and a willingness to work hard, often on issues outside of their area of expertise.
Responsibilities range from the following:
chairing interagency meetings and designing and implementing federal policies, to drafting speeches for cabinet secretaries to representing their agencies on Capitol Hill and in international treaty negotiations.
Job assignments are made by the Director of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships in consultation with agency officials on the basis of interviews conducted during "Placement Week".
Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education and be working in their chosen professions.
Individuals currently employed by the Federal government are not eligible to apply with the exception of career military personnel.