ABOUT THE WHF PROGRAM

White House Fellowships offer exceptional Americans first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government. The purpose of the White House Fellows program is to provide gifted and highly motivated young Americans with first-hand experience in the process of governing the Nation and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society.

Selection as a White House Fellow is based on a combination of criteria, including:

  • A record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career.
  • Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service.
  • The skills to succeed at the highest levels of the Federal government, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

All these qualities combined with the strength of one’s character, a positive attitude, and the ability to work well with others are taken into consideration. After a competitive application process, selected individuals spend a year in Washington, DC working as a full-time, paid Fellow to Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, or other top-ranking government officials. Applications are due in January of each year, and those selected begin serving as Fellows the following September.

The White House Fellowship is a non-partisan program. It has strictly maintained this tradition during both Republican and Democratic administrations and, through the cross-fertilization of ideas and experience, has enriched the practice of public policy for more than five decades. Founded in 1964, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships is the nation’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service.

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The 2015-2016 class of White House Fellows visits the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower naval aircraft carrier as part of their education program.

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