Gov. Edwards launches new Fellows Program for college students

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Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government, which provides an opportunity for Louisiana’s college and university students to experience policy making in action through participation in the state’s governing process.

Fellows will be assigned to cabinet-level agencies, and they will have the opportunity to observe first-hand how the governor leads and how policies are developed and advanced. 

Fellows will also participate in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance the overall experience and understanding of Louisiana government and current affairs.

Gov. Edwards said, “Through the fellowship program, we will cultivate a new generation of leaders in Louisiana.  I encourage all college-aged students with an interest in Louisiana and a desire to make a positive change in our state to apply. The fellows will bring insight and fresh perspectives to the work that will mold the future of our great state.”

The fellowships are open to all students attending a Louisiana public higher education institution and Louisiana residents enrolled in out-of-state public higher education institutions. Fellows will be chosen based on the students’ commitment to leadership, public service and good government.

Director and associate professor at the LSU Public Administration Institute Dr. Jared Llorens said, “LSU is excited to partner with the Governor’s Office in launching the Governor’s Fellows Program. Fellows will have an excellent opportunity to learn how public policies are shaped and implemented across a wide spectrum of state agencies.”

Participating students will receive housing on LSU’s campus for the duration of the fellowship, a stipend up to $1,500 and three credit hours through the LSU Public Administration Institute.

Southern University President Ray Belton said, “Southern University has a longstanding tradition of contributions to the politics and governmental affairs of Louisiana.  This collaboration with the governor’s office, LSU and others will ensure that students continue this legacy throughout our great state and beyond.”

The Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government is a partnership with the Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. 

The program will be funded entirely through philanthropic contributions managed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

For information about requirements for participation and application procedures, click here

The application process will open on April 23, 2018 at noon and will be available here: http://www.gov.louisiana.gov/fellows
 

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