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Governor's Fellows Program

Program Goals

The historic and prestigious Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program offers a select group of outstanding and highly motivated individuals the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. Established in 1982, the Governor’s Fellows Program brings exceptional students with creative ideas to state government – an experience that often leads to careers in public service.

Applications are due in early spring prior to the summer appointment.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants must be a rising college senior, graduating college senior, or enrolled as degree candidate in a graduate or professional school. Applicants must be enrolled in a Virginia college or university or must be a Virginia resident if enrolled in an out-of-state institution. They must also have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in academics, proven leadership ability, and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. The selection of Fellows will be based solely on merit, without regard to race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or political affiliation.

Helpful Hints

  • Stop by the Career Center, 1007 DeMoss Hall, for assistance with your resume and interviewing.
  • View the Legislative Information System homepage.
  • Call a local delegate’s office and inquire about current governmental policies and issues.
  • For application questions select topics and policies that have meaning to you. If you can tie your answers to your major area of study and/or work that you have experienced and favored, you should find the application process and the interview an enjoyable process.
  • If you need further assistance, contact the Governor’s Fellow Program at GovFellows@governor.virginia.gov
  • For additional information please call 540-231-6272.