Minority Leaders Fellowship Program (MLFP)
The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Affairs
1101 14th Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005-5622
Tel: (202) 336-7600 or 1-800-486-8921
Fax: (202) 336-7609
Web Site: http://www.twc.edu/
There is no cost to departments and agencies participating in the MLFP. The Washington Center provides fellows with a $5,000 fellowship, which covers the cost of the MLFP’s program and housing fees. Fellowship awards are conditional upon recipients residing in Washington Center housing. In addition, Fellows may receive a stipend of $125 per week and round-trip transportation to Washington, DC, from their nominating educational institution.
Fellowships are available in the fall and spring semester for 15 weeks, while summer internships are 10 weeks in duration.
Application Deadline: Participating departments and agencies should secure interns at least three weeks before the internship begins. Application deadlines for fellowships vary. Deadlines are typically two months before internships begin.
Geographic Availability: MLFP internships are available in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
To apply, students must: be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; be an African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American, or Pacific-Islander; be enrolled in a two or four-year accredited institution of higher education (and preferably a second semester sophomore at the time of the program); be in good academic standing at their college or university and have demonstrated academic achievement (however, the student’s grade point average does NOT play a major role in the selection process); be able to demonstrate personal initiative by taking an active role in campus or community affairs; and have shown maturity and a desire to serve the welfare of their community and the nation. Applicants must file an appropriate application form with the signature of their college or university president, three personal statements, two letters of recommendation, an official transcript and a $60 non-refundable application fee paid by their college or university. Selection is based upon the applicants’ leadership potential, academic achievement and written responses to essay questions. Students must receive academic credit from the sponsoring college or university to participate.
Orientation Session/Training: The Washington Center requires fellows to attend an academic course that meets one evening each week and develop a portfolio to document their experience, which is evaluated at the end of the program. Fellows also attend a one week seminar, afternoon lecture series and Capitol Hill breakfast lecture series. Additionally, Fellows work 4 days per week at any agency during the duration of the program.
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