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Project on Government Oversight

Fellowships at POGO

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 "I think I learned more here than at school."
Dana Liebelson was POGO's 2011-2012 Beth Daley Impact Fellow. Read more about Dana's and other fellows' experiences

If you’re looking to find your niche in Washington, POGO offers several entry-level fellowship opportunities that allow young professionals to gain experience working with the executive branch, Congress, the media, and nonprofit organizations while protecting the public interest. Fellows generally focus on one specific policy area and attend congressional hearings, visit government agencies, and work with whistleblowers in order to investigate government subservience to special interests.

Because fellowships are based on the changing needs of our organization, opportunities offered one year may not be offered the next. Below is a list of specific fellowships. 

Beth Daley Impact Fellowship

For over 10 years, Beth Daley was a vital part of the Project On Government Oversight. Her passion for POGO’s mission was fueled by her outrage at corruption, her deep empathy for those who suffered retaliation for telling the truth, and her gleeful enthusiasm for mentoring young people learning how to conduct investigations. Everything that went out the door had her imprint; every person was propelled by her drive for excellence.

In 2010, Beth lost a long, hard-fought battle with breast cancer. But her memory was not lost at POGO, and her family, friends, and fellow do-gooders honored her memory by setting up a fellowship in her name.

The Beth Daley Impact Fellow works in either communications or one of POGO's policy areas. The specific area for the fellowship varies from year to year based on the needs of the organization.

Learn more here.

Public Policy Fellow

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is looking for an energetic, hard-working, and thoughtful person interested in research and advocacy for policy reforms to achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government. We are looking for someone who wants to learn to navigate Capitol Hill and the White House, as well as dig into the inner workings of government business and advance solutions.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Fellowship

POGO is a participating member of the prestigious Scoville Fellowship, which provides a stipend for college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, D.C., on peace and security issues for six to nine months. For more information, please visit


Am I a good fit for POGO?

POGO fellows come from a variety of academic backgrounds, but they all share one thing in common: a commitment to exposing corruption and exploring solutions. Applicants should be self-motivated, out-of-the-box thinkers who are willing to ask tough questions and creatively examine and ins and outs of complex problems.

Fellowships last for a year, and fellows are expected to work 35 hours a week. POGO offers a stipend and benefits for each fellow.


How to apply

Applicants should send a cover letter that includes which fellowship they are interested in, resume, transcript (unofficial is fine), writing sample, and two letters of recommendation to Keith Rutter, Director of Operations, at There is no application deadline for fellowships, but it's best to contact us as soon as possible due to the number of applicants.

Any questions about fellowships should be directed to:

Keith Rutter, Chief Operations Officer
POGO, 1100 G Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-347-1122
Fax: 202-346-1116