PA – Harrisburg: Capitol Complex – Pennsylvania Capitol Building, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Wally Gobetz’s photostream

Are you or do you know someone who has an advanced degree and a passion for public service? If so, applications are now open for the William Penn Fellowship — a first-of-its-kind program for Pennsylvania state government. “Our goal is to invigorate the commonwealth with new ideas and create new opportunities to become involved in public service,” said Governor Wolf about the fellowship.

From the program’s website:

The program provides aspiring professionals with the opportunity to serve and learn with the state’s top executive leaders. Fellows will work to improve the overall effectiveness of state government by serving on projects that align with the Governor’s priorities of Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach and Government that Works.

Enthusiastic and highly-motivated individuals will spend two years working full-time for senior and top-ranking government officials. Fellows will be introduced to state government by spending a portion of the fellowship in the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) working on initiatives designed to produce significant and measurable improvements in the state’s operations.


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Eligible applicants must have obtained a master’s or equivalent or higher degree between December 2013 and August 2017. However, others will be considered if they have successfully completed military service or long-term public service work with an organization such as AmeriCorps, Teach for America or the Peace Corps. They will also be looking for people who have proven leadership ability and a record of excellence, while working well with others.

You can learn more about the fellowship here, as well as in the Governor’s video below. Fellowship candidates must complete an online application here. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016.