Govern for America Application
Final Round Application Deadline: February 8, 2019

Govern for America imagines a world where our most dynamic young leaders see government as an avenue for meaningful change, and our state governments reflect the values and diversity of our nation. We are making this vision a reality through the Govern for America Fellowship, a two-year, paid fellowship that brings America’s most dynamic, passionate, and diverse future change-makers together to make their impact in state government. We are excited that you have taken the first step to become a Govern for America Fellow!

As a Govern for America Fellow, you will have the opportunity to work with senior leaders and decision makers to make and move policy, use your subject matter knowledge and skills to improve your state and country, and accelerate your career in any number of directions. Throughout your time as a Fellow, you will develop the analytical, communication, and leadership skills that will help you achieve your full potential, no matter what career path you eventually choose. You will be continually challenged and encouraged by your constituents, your team members, and your cohort. Along the way, you’ll have access to mentoring, coaching, and training opportunities to accelerate your development of new skills and capabilities.

Due to the nature of state roles and talent needs, Govern for America Fellows are strongly encouraged to be flexible in regards to the location of their placement. Fellow applicants who are open to working in a variety of states will have an advantage in the placement process.

This application is designed to assess your fit for the 2019 Govern for America cohort. As a part of the inaugural Fellow cohort, you will have the opportunity to shape your experience in a unique and exciting way. We look forward to reading your complete application and will be in touch with you in December. If you have any questions, or if you would like to update your candidate status, please email Kyleigh Russ at

Govern for America is searching for the future leaders of our country, with the following qualities and potential.

Highly Motivated Leader - You care about making an impact and being in the action. You want to embark on a career path that provides ample opportunity for meaningful work and personal growth.
Outside of the Box Thinker - You have solved problems in creative ways when presented with unique challenges and don't rely on cookie-cutter solutions.
Strategic - You are a strategic-thinker with high-quality analytical and problem-solving skills. You can articulate a clear vision, navigate conflict, and bring partners to the table.
Dynamic - You are a strong communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills and a high EQ.
Successful - You are a self-starter with a demonstrated track record of success in your endeavors, both academic and professional.
Driven - You are willing to take initiative, meet challenges, and adapt to new situations
Team Oriented - You work well in collaborative environments and are trusted by your team members.
If this sounds like you, then we look forward to reading your application and meeting you this fall and winter!
Govern for America is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace employer. We don’t just accept diversity and difference, we pursue it, celebrate it, and seek to integrate diversity into all aspects ofthe GfA experience.

We look forward to getting to know you over the next few months!

Name *
Email *
Phone Number *
Date of Birth *
Gender *
Current Mailing Address *
U.S. Military or Veteran *
Citizenship *
Are you currently an undergraduate student? *
What college or university are you in or did you graduate from? *
Are you a current masters student? *
What master's program are you in or did you graduate from? *
Which languages do you speak/read and to what extent are you proficient? *
What race or ethnicity do you identify with?
Do you identify with the LGBTQQ+ community?
Are you in the first generation of your family to attend college?
Resume *
Are you open to relocating to any state? *
What are your top 5 states that you would like to work in? *
We want to understand who you are, not just why you are interested in the Govern for America Fellowship. In order to better understand your interests and passions, please describe up to three activities in the following 3 spaces that you participate in or interests that you pursue and why they are important to you. Please make sure to include why you became involved and what you achieved and/or learned? Please keep your response to 200 words or less (per response). If there are additional activities you wish to tell us about, feel free to include them on your resumé. Activity 1: *
Activity 2:
Activity 3:
What would you uniquely contribute to the culture of Govern for America and your host agency? Please keep your response to 300 words or less. *
If you could choose to address and solve any social or policy problem in the US, what is the problem, why is it important, and how would you address it? Please keep your response to 300 words or less. *
Please describe three goals/objectives that you are working toward right now (and no, getting a job post graduation can’t count as one of those goals!). Please keep your response to 300 words or less. *
What has inspired you to work for the government as a Govern for America Fellow? Please keep your response to 300 words or less. *
As we seek to find America’s most dynamic candidates to lead our country forward, we strive to see the whole picture of each candidate. We understand that while this application captures many aspects of what makes a successful GfA Fellow, we know that there may be other information that is essential to filling in any gaps in this picture (i.e. gaps in schooling, circumstances affecting academic performance,etc.). Please do not include recommendation letters, essays, etc.
For Our Records - How did you hear about GfA? *
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