Southern partners with Gov. Edwards in public policy fellows program

Southern University students will now have the opportunity to gain first-hand policy experience through 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. Applications are now being accepted. 

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.

“Through the fellowship program, we will cultivate a new generation of leaders in Louisiana,” Gov. Edwards said. “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.

“Southern University has a longstanding tradition of contributions to the politics and governmental affairs of Louisiana,” said Southern University President Ray Belton. “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 LSU, the Governor’s Office, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation will manage the program, which will be funded entirely through philanthropic contributions.

For information about requirements for participation and application procedures, click here. The application process is now open and available here:



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