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HillVets Fellowship

Attention all Veterans, reservists, national guard members, military spouses, and Gold Star family members:


If you have a strong sense of duty and wish to continue your service to our Nation, you now have the chance to actively contribute to shaping the laws and policies that govern us.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in policy or advocacy work, take the first step towards making a meaningful impact and explore the opportunities offered by the HillVets Fellowship Program!

What is a HillVets Fellowship?

The HillVets Fellowship is an opportunity for highly qualified Veterans, Reservists, National Guard, Military Spouses, and Gold Star family members to be placed in a Congressional Host Office for approximately 6 months doing substantive policy work. 


HillVets Fellows receive:

  • A small monthly stipend for any four months of their Fellowship placement,

  • Mentorship and assistance from HillVets staff and alumni, who will help tailor your resume, hone your interview skills, develop the qualities necessary to successfully navigate Capitol Hill, assist you with placement in a Congressional Host Office for your fellowship, and support you in your search for follow-on employment,

  • And, access to the vast HillVets community!

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Application Process


Submit your application

Fill out and submit your application. Our HillVets Fellowship Coordinator will be in touch soon!


Zoom call with our Fellowship Coordinator

Our Fellowship Coordinator will set up a time to chat with you about all things HillVets - and you! This is your chance to ask questions and get to know us.


Submit a writing sample

After your call with staff, we'll have you submit a writing sample.



The final step in our application process is an interview with HillVets staff and a member of our Board of Directors.



We will notify you of acceptance or rejection into the program.

What to expect:

Our onboarding process takes approximately 4 weeks after acceptance, depending on your timeframe for starting your fellowship. 

HillVets is a support system for your fellowship, but you are in control!
We will help you find the office that works best for you, your beliefs, goals, and values.

During onboarding, HillVets staff, alumni, and board members are available to help tailor your resume to the Hill, and support you through the application process. We have partnerships with over 40 Congressional offices, known as our HillVets Ambassadors, who understand the value of hiring Veterans. We automatically send your resume to those offices once it's ready. Beyond that, you're welcome to contact non-Ambassador offices and make your own connections, and we will help facilitate where we can! The HillVets network is vast and here to support you - we'll make sure you find the placement that is right for you.

The length of your fellowship is ultimately between you and your Congressional host office, but we recommend 6 months.​​

After your fellowship, we will help you in finding employment! Take advantage of our HillVets network and making connections where you want your career to go next. 

HillVets Fellow Testimonials

The HillVets Fellowship was a transformative experience marking a fundamental transition in my career. HillVets was tireless in their dedication to helping me realize my potential. I'm humbled by the opportunities it provided. Being a Fellow is a bootcamp of the legislative process, and the experience surpassed my expectations. Not only did the fellowship help build my network and professional development, but it became a springboard to a Master's program and resulted in a full-time role as a policy advisor. I'm grateful for the experience. It's an honor to continue to serve the nation, and the Veteran community through ongoing HillVets programming.

Essam Attia

Policy Advisor in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders

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