2024-2025 Running Start/Walmart Congressional Fellowship
The Congressional Fellowship is Running Start's most advanced and intensive program, designed to create tomorrow's leaders today. It is a part-time politically inclusive experience so Fellows can still learn in school or have other professional experiences
during the Fellowship term.
September 2024 - May 2025 (with some internship search work from May - August 2024)
Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend and an all-expenses-paid week in Washington, DC
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Intern for a Member of Congress
Throughout this two semester-long program, Congressional Fellows learn about politics first-hand from Members of Congress, both in their home District Offices and on Capitol Hill in
Washington, DC. Fellows grow their network of political insiders and understand what it takes to
run, win and serve.
The Running Start/Walmart Congressional Fellowship is for you if:
You’re interested in politics, public policy and public service
(no prior professional political experience required)
Learning how Members of Congress engage constituents in their communities sounds exciting.
You want to learn about running and governing from a role model at the
highest level of government.
You’re looking to be challenged and supported by a diverse cohort of other women leaders.
You're between 18 - 25 years old
Through Running Start and working [for a Member of Congress], I’ve learned that persistence, hard work, and taking every opportunity that comes to you will set you up for the best possible future.
Hailey Fisher, Alum
During the Congressional Fellowhship
You’ll work with a US Senator or House Representative in their District office, learning firsthand how Congress serves its constituents and growing your local political network.
You’ll spend an intensive week in Washington, DC getting experience on Capitol Hill, and making connections with high-level DC insiders.
You’ll learn and grow with a tight-knit cohort from all walks of life and diverse political ideologies with political leadership workshops every week (75+ hours of training).
You’ll get hands-on practice of real-world campaign skills through a campaign simulation, and build your network for a future political career.
You’ll receive a $1,000 stipend and an all expenses paid week of
in-person training in Washington, DC.
As a Fellow, you get unique experiences that you wouldn’t get anywhere else. My favorite was getting the opportunity to not only visit the Speaker’s balcony, but to also get a private tour of her entire office from one of her staffers, who is also an alum of this program!
Annie Jamarik, Alum
I’m studying engineering, and I didn’t think that an opportunity to work in politics would be accessible for me. The Congressional Fellowship has given me the opportunity to meet people who are different from me, and grow from that experience.
Leela Menon, Alum
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More than 90% of alums said the Congressional Fellowship connected them with a network of politically motivated peers!
Throughout my Running Start experience, I’ve learned about the importance of bipartisanship to be able to create innovative solutions.
Martha Amaya, Alum