The Pew Leadership Year offers hands-on experience in public policy advocacy, research and communications to individuals who are dedicated to building a leadership career in the public or nonprofit sectors and have recently completed an undergraduate or advanced degree. The first Pew Leadership Year will begin in September 2010 and conclude in August 2011.
These year-long, paid positions - all based in our Washington, DC, office - will provide 22 exceptionally talented graduates the chance to work alongside Pew professionals, gaining valuable skills while making important contributions to our work. Pew Leadership Fellows will learn and hone essential skills that will help them thrive not only during their tenure at Pew, but in any chosen career.
Participants will work with a diverse group of Pew staff in specific departments. Through observation and involvement, each fellow will have the opportunity to work on critical issues, which may include: global conservation; U.S. land conservation; marine environmental advocacy; global warming and energy policy; federal banking regulations; financial reform; state fiscal issues; election initiatives; public safety; the healthy development of young children; and early childhood education.
Each program participant will focus on one discipline - advocacy/policy, research or communications - within one department - Pew Center on the States, Pew Economic Policy Group, Pew Environment Group or Pew Health Group. While immersed in one area, participants will have ample exposure to other program areas and attend professional and leadership development seminars.
During their Pew Leadership year, Fellows will have a wide range of responsibilities, which may include:
- Conduct original research and writing projects.
- Collect, compile and analyze data.
- Provide financial assistance to advocates and other leaders to educate policy makers and the public about the benefits of various programs.
- Become immersed in the research, planning, strategy formulation and execution of a multi-state advocacy campaign.
- Help prepare for press and other events and attend seminars, briefings or congressional hearings.
- Assist in efforts to educate policy makers, coordinate work with coalition partners and create fact sheets and other materials.
- Help create effective online presentations that promote various issues and campaigns.
- Track legislation and relevant press coverage and research public officials' records and statements.
- Support a broad range of advocacy activities.