Our constitutional democracy is founded on a system of checks and balances. Congress plays a vital role in overseeing the executive branch, the judiciary, and itself as a bicameral institution. The nation needs strong oversight from Congress. Yet few Americans—even those whose work and concerns intersect with Congressional oversight efforts—understand how that work is done.
That is why we’re introducing the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) Congressional Oversight Fellowship: year-long placements for mid-career professionals of all kinds to learn more about Congressional oversight by serving alongside professional staff on a Congressional committee, engaging in oversight and investigative work. Each fellow will assist the work of a Senate or House committee promoting transparency and accountability, rooting out corruption and malfeasance, and ensuring equal protection under the law.
What we’re looking for
Candidates should have a skeptical nature, experience in investigations and/or research or a depth of knowledge in a timely area of public policy, and have a driving desire to learn more about the workings of Congress. The Fellowship is geared towards candidates who might be otherwise considered non-traditional for Congressional staffing, such as:
Investigative reporters and producers
Issue experts from advocacy groups
Those selected will serve in a full-time assignment on the staff of a Senate or House committee in Washington, DC. The Fellowship is offered for a 12-month period, beginning in January and ending in December.
What it pays
Fellows receive compensation from POGO that is competitive with Congressional staff salaries. Fellows will also receive reimbursement for certain relocation costs.
What’s the process
Interested candidates can apply using our online form until midnight on October 15. Finalists will be informed by October 21, and submit to conflict of interest vetting by POGO and interviews with host committees. Fellows will be officially selected and placed by November 1.