Congressional Fellowship Program
FDD’s Congressional Fellowship Program provides national security professionals the opportunity to work for up to one year in a legislative role with a member of Congress or congressional committee on Capitol Hill. Participants will receive an outstanding educational experience that prepares them for future leadership roles inside or outside of government.
Fellowship participants will be paid employees of FDD but work under the direction of their supervisor in their assigned congressional office or committee. Their duties may include researching issues, attending hearings, managing constituent correspondence, drafting legislation, and briefing their assigned member of Congress or committee. Throughout the fellowship, FDD will provide programming for participants to meet and learn more about topics related to Congress. Upon completion of the fellowship, participants will be invited to become members of FDD’s National Security Network (NSN), comprised of over 500 leaders in Washington’s national security landscape, all alumni of FDD’s mid-career programing.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s or advanced degree in a related field (e.g. National Security Studies, International Relations, Political Science) and a minimum of two years of work experience. Candidates must also demonstrate a clear interest in legislative policy related to national security and international relations and be able to articulate what they hope to achieve from the program.