Pew Leadership Year

Program - The Pew Leadership Year

The Pew Leadership Year provides individuals who are dedicated to building a leadership career in the public or nonprofit sectors with hands-on experience in solving today’s most challenging problems. By applying a rigorous, analytical approach to public policy advocacy, research, government relations and communications, Pew Leadership Year participants gain invaluable perspective on developing fact-based solutions to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

Called “fellows,” Pew Leadership Year participants have recently completed an undergraduate or advanced degree and serve in full-time, paid positions. Individuals selected for the program start in September and continue working through August of the following year. Fellows are asked to commit to the entire duration of the program. All positions are based in the Washington, D.C. office.

Fellows develop valuable professional skills while making important contributions to Pew’s work. They learn and hone abilities that help them thrive during the Pew Leadership Year and in subsequent career choices. Participants work with a diverse group of Pew professionals on critical public policy issues, which may include:

• global and/or U.S. land conservation
• domestic and international ocean conservation
• clean energy policy
• federal banking regulations
• financial reform
• state fiscal issues
• election initiatives
• public safety
• early childhood development and health

Each fellow focuses on one discipline - advocacy/policy, research or communications - within one of four departments: the Pew Environment Group, Pew Center on the States, Pew Health Group or Philanthropic Partnership Group. While immersed in one area of Pew’s work, participants have ample visibility into programs across the organization and are invited and encouraged to attend professional and leadership development seminars.

Over the course of the year, fellows may:

• assist in the research, planning, strategy formulation and execution of a multi-state advocacy campaign;
• collect, compile and analyze data;
• reach out to policy makers and coalition partners to coordinate work and promote various issues and campaigns;
• help prepare for press and other events by drafting press releases, creating fact sheets and reaching out to key media outlets;
• track legislation and media coverage and research public officials’ records and statements;
• conduct original research and writing projects.


Visit Careers@Pew for more information about eligibility and the application process.