The PA House Fellowship Program was created in 1982 by the BMC Leadership of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as an opportunity for students to be provided with work experience, education, and insight into the people, issues, and politics of the legislative process.
Based in Pennsylvania’s magnificent State Capitol in Harrisburg, the 13-week program places undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and law school students attending Pennsylvania colleges or universities in the offices of Committee Chairmen or House Leaders. Pennsylvania residents are also eligible to participate in this program if they attend an out-of-state school.
Since the start of the program, over 35% of the students that completed the fellowship have found employment in government or government-affiliated institutions.The three House Fellowship terms are:
- Spring: January – April (open to undergraduate students); Deadline date is October 1st
- Summer: May – August (open to graduate and law school students); Deadline is March 1st
- Fall: September – December (open to undergraduate students); Deadline date is May 1st
Fellows will be placed in either a Leadership office or in the office of a committee Chairman.Weekly workshops for the House Fellows are scheduled with Members of the House of Representatives and Senate, executive staff from House Leadership, standing committees, Legislative Service Agencies and the Governor’s Office, as well as prominent lobbyists, to name a few.Fellows receive a bi-weekly stipend. Credits are set by the academic institutions.
Students must be an undergraduate junior, senior or graduate student attending Pennsylvania college/university with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Application Requirements: Resume, copy of transcript, two letters of recommendation (one required from the university), a writing sample, and a completed House Fellowship of Application.
Click Here to apply online.
On-site interview at the State Capitol prior to acceptance.