The Running Start/Walmart Star Fellowship program is unique: it is the only fellowship on Capitol Hill specifically aimed at women undergraduates and recent graduates. It also offers benefits that have become difficult to find: we provide housing and a living stipend. For motivated young women, the Star Fellowship is an amazing paid internship opportunity.
Since 2009, the Running Start/Walmart Star Fellowship Program has given college women and recent graduates the unique opportunity to intern for a female Member of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. In addition to working for a woman Member of Congress, our Fellows engage in Friday seminars throughout the semester that introduce them to the top campaign strategists and consultants in the business. This confluence of policy and politics gives our Star Fellows a deep sense of what it takes to run for office and lead in politics. In addition to their time on the Hill and in seminars, Fellows are also connected to mentors representing industries across the political spectrum. Running Start has been proud to place Fellows in the offices of over 30 Members of Congress. Our 49th Star Fellow completed the program this April.
Thank you to the Walmart Foundation for their continued support of this program!
|Program||Start Date||End Date||Applications Available
|Fall 2013*||Sept. 13, 2013||Dec. 13, 2013||Feb. 4 – April 12, 2013|
|Spring 2014||Jan. 17 2014||April 18 2014||Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2013
|Fall 2014||Sept. 12 2014||Dec. 12 2014||Feb. 2 – April 1, 2014|
* No longer accepting applications for this semester.
Star Fellowship includes:
- Interning on Capitol Hill: We place our Fellows in the offices of female Representatives and Senators so they can learn from successful women firsthand. Each young woman will intern Monday through Thursday full-time in the office where she is placed. (Specific times will be designated by the Intern Coordinator in each office);
- Free housing on Capitol Hill with close proximity to the metro for easy transportation to Friday Seminars;
- A $2,000 stipend for living expenses during the semester;
- Friday Seminars: All Star Fellows will attend Friday Seminars where they will be given a deeper knowledge of politics and the opportunity to learn about how politics really works from top people in the field. Seminar topics include: History of American Women in Politics, Campaign Fundamentals, International Women in Politics, Political Advocacy, Social Activism, Media Training, Fundraising Fundamentals, Public Speaking. Lunch will be provided each Friday;
- Interview Component: Fellows will learn not only how Capitol Hill works but also why and how the Member of Congress they work for ran for elected office. Each Star Fellow will be required to interview the Member they work for and present to the other fellows and Running Start staff on what they learn. A written component is included in this project.
The Ideal Candidate:
- Deeply motivated college women (juniors, seniors & recent graduates ONLY) who are interested in serving a Member of Congress on Capitol Hill, want to learn more about politics, and are interested in researching and understanding the importance of getting more women to enter careers in politics.
- We look for students who have proven that they are motivated in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.
- Priority will be given to students who can demonstrate their involvement with their community and their school. Students who have held leadership positions or who are interested in running for elected office should mention this in their application.
We understand that getting college credit while interning in Washington, DC, is an important issue for students. Students can inquire with their school about gaining internship credit for the Running Start/Wal-Mart Star Fellowship directly through their college or university.
Running Start cannot guarantee college credit for this program. Individual students must work with their university or college to receive credit. We recommend that you speak with your school’s career center and/or academic counselor.