Summer 2022 Fellowship
*Applications for our Summer 2022 Fellowship have closed. You can view archived application information below.*
About the fellowship
Are you passionate about serving your community? Are you passionate about making a difference? Are you interested in learning more about government and politics?
Apply now for Ready to Launch’s summer 2022 government fellowship!
Our organization was created to provide opportunities for women to explore staff careers in government and politics. Our fellowship program provides the training, mentorship, stipend support, and other resources that our fellows need to succeed.
Our training includes writing and public speaking workshops, as well as learning sessions on our government and political processes. We work with participants to develop their resumes, take professional headshots, practice networking skills, and more. Each fellow is paired with a mentor and also has the opportunity to learn from and network with other role models and public service professionals.
We will help our fellows find and secure a part-time internship in an elected official's office, so you can get hands-on experience that complements the training and educational programming we provide.
The fellowship is educational, mentorship, and grant-oriented in nature; it is not an employment opportunity.
About Ready to Launch
Ready to Launch is a women-led, L.A.-based nonprofit organization on a mission to grow and diversify the staff pipeline in politics and public service by helping more women learn, grow, and launch their careers – and ensuring women from historically marginalized communities have access to these sectors. Our progressive values are at the core of our work to build an equitable and inclusive staff pipeline in politics and government. We believe in a future where our democracy truly represents our communities.
Ready to Launch’s fellowship program is available to self-identifying women who reside in Los Angeles County and are at least 18 years old. Women of color, women from immigrant families, women who identify as LGBTQ+, and women who are a part of other historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No prior work experience is required.
Application process key dates
Monday, March 14, 2022 - Application opens
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT - Application closes
Selected applicants will be contacted for virtual interviews the week of April 4. Participants will be notified if they have been selected for the fellowship by April 30.
Fellowship timing and commitment
The start dates for placements may vary slightly, but all participants will start their summer fellowships in early/mid June and conclude before August 22.
Fellows must commit to participate in training and professional development sessions on the following dates:
Week of full-day orientation and training sessions:
Tuesday, May 31 - Saturday, June 4, 2022
Full-day Saturday training and professional development sessions:
June 25, 2022
July 16, 2022
August 6, 2022
Fellowship culmination and final session:
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Evaluation and Criteria
We evaluate applications along six main criteria:
- Expressed interest in government, public policy, and/or politics: We are looking for applicants who clearly and compellingly articulate why they are interested in a staff career in government, public policy, and/or politics.
- Leadership potential: Leadership comes in many forms, from official roles like class president to overcoming personal obstacles or managing family responsibilities. Strong applicants demonstrate their eagerness to learn and grow as a leader and include examples of how they’ve shown leadership in their lives and how the fellowship will help them in their journey.
- Fellowship interest: Compelling applicants can clearly express why they are interested in what the Ready to Launch fellowship uniquely offers and how it relates to their personal, educational, and professional goals.
- Fellowship need: Our fellowship program is specifically designed for women looking to gain entry-level experience in public service and for whom an entry-level experience would greatly accelerate their career exploration or provide a new learning experience.
- Writing skills: While we do work with fellows to refine their writing skills, we look for application essays that are clear, compelling, and grounded in specific examples.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Our mission is to diversify the staff pipeline in government and politics, so we prioritize applicants who demonstrate an understanding of the issues facing historically marginalized communities and bring a unique voice to the field of public service.
For any questions regarding the application process, you can visit our FAQ section below or reach out to Ready to Launch’s team at [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the fellowship?
A: The Ready to Launch fellowship is a three-month opportunity for women to gain entry-level experience in government and politics. The fellowship consists of educational programming – and our team assists each fellow with locating an internship in government to get hands-on experience alongside the training and mentorship we provide. We provide stipend support up to $5,000 as needed to ensure all fellows can afford to access this opportunity.
Q: When does the fellowship start?
A: The fellowship will take place between May 31 and August 27, 2022. Internship start dates will vary but can run anywhere from early June to late August. Fellows must commit to attending full-day training sessions on the following days: June 25, 2022 July 16, 2022 August 6, 2022 Culmination August 27, 2022
Q: Who can apply?
A: Ready to Launch’s fellowship program is available to self-identifying women who reside in Los Angeles County and are at least 18 years old. Women of color, women from immigrant families, women who identify as LGBTQ+, and women who are a part of other historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No prior work experience is required.
Q: Do I need to be a student to apply?
A: No, you do not need to be a current student or have a college degree to apply. However, you can apply if you are a current student.
Q: Do I need to have prior work experience to apply?
A: No, you do not need any prior work experience to apply. In fact, our program is designed to serve participants who are in the early stages of building their skills and resume.
Q: Does the program cost money?
A: No! The program is offered free to accepted applicants.
Q: Is this an employment opportunity?
A: No. This is a fellowship program that supports women who want to work in government and politics. The fellowship provides education, training, and mentorship to individuals who are simultaneously working as interns for elected officials. As needed, we provide grant stipends so fellows can get the most out of their experience working for an elected official.
Q: Are fellows paid and how much?
A: Ready to Launch provides educational stipends up to $5,000 to help our fellows access opportunity.
Q: Is the program provided in person or virtually?
A: We offer in-person training and fellowship sessions that give our fellows the opportunity to form relationships with each other, our team, and other trainers and speakers. Internships may be hybrid, virtual, or in-person depending on the needs of our government partners.
Q: Is proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for the fellowship?
A: Following LA County health guidance, all participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to ensure a safe in-person training environment for all. For any questions about our vaccination policy, you can email our team at [email protected]