Harrisburg, PA – Continuing his effort to bring fresh ideas to state government, Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging recent advanced degree graduates and those completing an advance degree program by August 2019 to apply for the state’s William Penn Fellowship. The fellows work closely with state government leaders to find innovative solutions for challenges facing Pennsylvania.
“This is a unique opportunity to put your education and passion to work and make our Commonwealth better,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania is a dynamic place and we need the best and brightest to consider public service. This is a chance to gain tremendous work experience and help us transform and modernize state government.”
A paid two-year fellowship is available at 13 state agencies. Participants will coordinate with the Governor’s Policy Office and agency policy office to research and develop policies ranging from improving healthcare, supporting the wellbeing of mothers and children, preparing students for 21st century jobs, addressing food insecurity, expanding forest products industry jobs and more.
“Pennsylvania is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the nation,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Our goal through this program is to attract some of that talent to state government service in order to bring fresh ideas, new skills and innovative solutions to our work on behalf of all Pennsylvanians.”
Individuals with master’s-level and above degrees earned from December 2015 to August 2019 are eligible for the William Penn Fellowship. The application deadline is Jan. 30, 2019. Selected candidates will be invited to Harrisburg in February for in-person interviews. Final selections will be announced in March with the fellowship starting in July.
This is the second class of William Penn fellows for the Wolf administration. The inaugural class has 10 participants, including Allen Landis, a fellow with the Department of Environmental Protection, who shares his experience in this video.
More information about this unique opportunity, including application instructions, is available on the commonwealth’s employment website.