The Schaeffer Fellows Summit is held during the summer in Washington, D.C. and is intended to support Schaeffer Fellows in building relationships with the national cohort, sharing about their experiences, and engaging with prominent leaders and program alumni from various sectors.

In 2020 & 2021, the Summit was offered as a virtual series from June to August.

During the Summit, I learned that networking in a manner that is natural will get me farther. Simply sending an article that I think someone might find interesting is a great way to form connections. Prior to hearing this advice, I felt like networking had to be very thought out and manufactured but now I see networking in a new light.
Ryyan Pritchett - 2020 Fellow, Harvard University


  • Reflect

    on time within fellowship to date

  • Understand

    how to demonstrate professionalism and communicate effectively in the workplace

  • Learn

    tools for career development

  • Gain

    insights into how sectors cross-collaborate

  • Recognize

    how to build upon the fellowship experience and transfer skills developed in future careers

  • Foster

    camaraderie and interaction between Schaeffer Fellows

Fostering Civil Discourse in Public Service


The 2021 Schaeffer Fellows Summit theme focuses on Fostering Civil Discourse in Public Service. Robert Shrum is the Director of the Center of the Political Culture at the University of Southern California and the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Michael Murphy is the Co-Director of the Center.

Together, they joined the 2021 Schaeffer Fellows to discuss the bipartisan necessity for pursuing civil discourse in politics and government service.

2021 Organizational Partners

Partnership for Public Service

Leadership coach facilitated navigating government internships and networking, and a panel of career public servants. Learn more

The Brookings Institution

A conversation with Brookings Institution researchers about timely and significant topics in public policy research. Learn more

RAND Corporation

RAND Graduate Summer Associates speak to Schaeffer Fellows about graduate study and research in their respective fields of inquiry. Learn more