White House Fellows Program

Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study US policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

Applicants must:

  • be US citizens
  • not be an employee of the federal government (unless they are career military personnel)
  • have completed their undergraduate education and be working in their chosen professions

Fellows receive a salary and benefits from the agency for which they work. White House Fellows cannot receive compensation from any other source during their year of government service.

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Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides funding for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding to graduate school or a career.

Eligibility Requirements
Non-US citizens who are graduating from a US college or university are eligible to apply. Applicants must be graduating seniors.


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David C. Frederick Public Service Award (University of Pittsburgh)

This award was established to support University of Pittsburgh students while they pursue unpaid public service internships during the summer. The summer internships may be with a nonprofit organization or government agency located anywhere in the United States. Priority is given to high-achieving students with an interest in leadership and community service who possess a strong desire to promote the common good.

Eligibility Requirements
Students must:

  • have an overall GPA of 3.50 or above
  • be a Pitt undergraduate student during the time of the internship (the award is not available to students who graduate in April)
  • be applying or have applied for an unpaid summer internship with a nonprofit or government organization


Application Deadline
Early March

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