Congress plays a vital role in overseeing the executive branch, the judiciary, and itself as a bicameral institution. The nation needs strong oversight from Congress. Yet few Americans—even those whose work and concerns intersect with Congressional oversight efforts—understand how that work is done.
That is why we created the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) Congressional Oversight Fellowship: year-long placements for mid-career professionals of all kinds to learn more about Congressional oversight by serving alongside professional staff on a Congressional committee, engaging in oversight and investigative work. Each fellow will assist the work of a Senate or House office promoting transparency and accountability, rooting out corruption and malfeasance, and ensuring equal protection under the law.
What we’re looking for
Candidates should have a skeptical nature, experience in investigations and/or research or a depth of knowledge in a timely area of public policy, and have a driving desire to learn more about the workings of Congress. The Fellowship is geared towards candidates who might be otherwise considered non-traditional for Congressional staffing, such as:
- Investigative reporters and producers
- Professional researchers
- Issue experts from advocacy groups
- Research-oriented academics
Those selected will serve in a full-time assignment on the staff of a Senate or House office in Washington, DC. The Fellowship is offered for a 12-month period, beginning in January and ending in December.
What it pays
Fellows will receive an annual stipend of between $80,000 and $108,000, based on experience, disbursed in monthly increments. For the duration of their engagement as fellows, they will be classified as independent contractors, and not employees of POGO or the U.S. Congress.
Fellows will be eligible to receive a stipend for health insurance up to $5,000, and will also be eligible to receive reimbursement for certain relocation expenses, up to $2,500.
What's the process
Interested candidates can apply using our online form until midnight on September 27. Finalists will be informed by October 4, and submit to conflict of interest vetting by POGO and interviews with host committees. Fellows will be officially selected and placed by November 4.
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