Leland Fellows provides University of Houston students a first-hand experience in our nation's legislature as interns in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
About Leland Fellows
Historically, economically disadvantaged students could rarely pursue employment opportunities as congressional staff members due to the reality that internships — the primary recruitment avenue — are available only to those who can financially afford to live in Washington, D.C. These expenses, plus loss of income from a local job, place this opportunity beyond the reach of many students. Leland Fellows provides a monthly stipend and round-trip airfare, as well as paid housing. Upon successful completion of the program, interns earn 3-12 upper level hours in political science (dependent on the student's degree plan). Hobby Center for Public Policy associate director Renée Cross is the instructor of record.
Leland Fellows attend orientation sessions in Houston and in Washington. They are then immediately involved in the action of the U.S. Congress. They assist in research and the drafting of legislation. The interns also attend committee hearings, work on special projects, and assist in general office operations.
Applicants must be a junior or senior at the University of Houston during the Fall 2013 semester. Transfer students must have at least 24 hours completed at UH. Students graduating in December 2013 are welcome to apply.
Ideal Candidates Possess
- Outstanding academic achievement
- Strong writing ability
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated dedication to public service through volunteerism in school and/or community activities
- Government internship or campaign experience
Leland Fellows work a minimum of 40 hours per week, participate in seminars, and complete various academic assignments, which make them eligible for 3-12 academic credit hours. All Leland Fellows must be enrolled for the appropriate hours/classes through the UH department of political science before the initial stipend is issued. Proof of enrollment is required.
The application deadline was October 7. The application for the 2016 Leland Fellows program will be available in August 2015.
Mickey Leland Congressional Internship Program
Founded by the late U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland, the Mickey Leland Congressional Internship Program (MLCIP) was created to provide students a first-hand experience in our nation’s legislature. Over 200 students from the University of Houston (UH), Texas Southern University (TSU), and the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) served as interns in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.