Make an Impact on Policy

LEGIS Congressional Fellowship

Work with legislators and their staffs, participate in committee hearings, brief members of Congress, draft legislation and more.

The LEGIS Congressional Fellowship is a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process. Throughout its 25-year history, this program has attracted professionals from government agencies, businesses and nonprofits.

Past fellows’ assignments include working for Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget Committee. You can spend seven or 12 months on Capitol Hill, depending on your professional interests, agency objectives and workload.

Benefits of this program include:

  • Insider knowledge of the legislative process
  • Exceptional networking opportunities with senior-level federal officials
  • Lasting relationships with members of Congress and congressional staff
  • Enhanced agency engagements with Congress
  • A strong alumni network
  • A community of policy entrepreneurs
  • Location
    Washington, DC
  • Duration
    7 or 12 months
  • Format
  • Start
    January 2, 2025
  • Cost

2025 Fellowship Term


  • Live Virtual Kickoff: December 4, 2024
  • In-Person Orientation: January 2–13, 2025

 Seven-Month Fellowship

  • January 2–July 25, 2025*
  • $4,650

 Full-Year Fellowship

  • January 2–December 12, 2025*
  • $6,250

 Visit the WashU at Brookings website for more information.

*End dates based on projected Congressional Calendar. Dates may change slightly.

LEGIS program information

As a LEGIS fellow, you engage in the legislative process from the inside. Consequently, you gain an understanding of the strengths and limits of Congress and the impact of politics and procedure on policymaking.

—Former Rep. Bob Carr (D-MI), senior program adviser, executive in residence, WashU at Brookings

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