State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2017.


"The fellowship program provides an exciting opportunity for young people to learn about and participate in state government and the legislative process," said Lepore-Hagan. "This experience is both invaluable and unique. I encourage young people to apply for the program because it has never been more important for the leaders of tomorrow to actively participate in government today."


Legislative fellow duties include assisting members of the Ohio General Assembly with constituent work, writing press releases and speeches, assisting in legislative research, attending meetings, and performing administrative duties. Telecommunications fellows assist in televising House and Senate proceedings and in preparing educational video productions about the General Assembly and the legislative process.


“As a former fellow myself, I can speak to the value of this program as an opportunity to learn about the breadth of government and get experience working in a legislative environment,” said Boccieri. “Even for students who are still deciding what their career path will be, the fellowship is a great way to get involved in an exciting field and interact with the many important issues facing our state.”


The two lawmakers are encouraging local graduates of all major fields of study who have a genuine interest in learning about state government to apply to the Columbus-based fellowship program. No political experience is required, however telecommunications fellows must have majored or minored in a telecommunications-related field of study or have comparable experience.


Fellows receive full state of Ohio employee benefits and are paid $31,200 per year, with the opportunity to earn a $2,000 bonus based on length of service in the program. 


Legislative fellowship application materials must be postmarked by April 1, 2016 to be considered for the program. The application deadline for the two telecommunications positions is April 30, 2016. 


All applicants must have graduated from a four-year college degree program by the December start date. Persons holding graduate or professional degrees may apply.


For more information or for an application and instructions, please visit:


Ohio Legislative Service Commission


Fellowship Coordinators


Vern Riffe Center


77 South High Street, Ninth Floor


Columbus, OH  43215-6136


(614) 466-3615


www.lsc.ohio.gov/fellowship

 
 
 
  
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