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Public Policy Fellow

Detroit, MI

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Part time, Temporary, Volunteer
no work experience required
High School Diploma

Published on 23 Jan 2019

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Public Policy Fellow

Role:                    Public Policy Fellow

Department:       Community Impact

Reports to:         Director, Public Policy & Advocacy


UWSEM's Public Policy team is offering a fellowship opportunity to one motivated individual with a passion for Greater Detroit.  The program runs during corresponding academic semesters and applications are currently being accepted for consideration for Winter/Spring 2019 (January thru April).  Upon successful completion of the program, a $1,200 scholarship stipend will be granted to the fellow.



The fellow will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills working in a nonprofit, nonpartisan setting while gaining valuable hands-on experience working on public policy issues that will help advance UWSEM's mission across the region. The fellow will fully participate in all aspects of the policy team's work, including advocacy campaigns, coalition building, government relations and communications. As a full member of the team, the fellow will have the opportunity not only to participate, but to help determine the direction of our work.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Regular legislative research and analysis.
  • Prepare weekly summary of legislative news.
  • Support the development and planning of projects, events, and workshops.
  • Attend hearings, briefings, and events as needed.
  • Provide support to public policy team members.
  • Attend staff meetings.

In addition to the core responsibilities of the position, may be asked, or may seek, to engage unique abilities, strengths and passions through participation on cross-functional teams.



  • Communicates Effectively
  • Relationship Management
  • Adaptability
  • Tenacity
  • Continuous Learning
  • Self-Management
  • Drives for Results
  • Problem Solving / Critical Thinking
  • Customer Focus
  • Teamwork and Inclusion
  • Self-Awareness


Demonstrated Abilities:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at a time and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and Southeastern Michigan
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 15 hours of work per week
  • Access to transportation to and from the UWSEM office

Acquired Knowledge:

  • Must be currently enrolled in 4 year undergraduate or graduate program with a focus on political science, public policy, or a related field
  • Demonstrate an interest in Civic Engagement
  • Strong computer skills (including Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Excel)


United Way for Southeastern Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position.  It should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities, and skills.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable disabled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.