A specialized professional development curriculum distinguishes the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service program from other government service internship opportunities by providing professional development and networking opportunities while fostering camaraderie and interaction for all Schaeffer Fellows. Designed to foster the development of Schaeffer Fellows and connect them with well-regarded government and private sector leaders, the development activities highlighted here are customized to support undergraduate students still early on in their career exploration.

Our curriculum is developed annually in cooperation with the Partnership for Public Service.

Designed to support undergraduate students still early in their career exploration, the professional development curriculum is grounded in four key themes:

  1.    Reflecting on vision and values
  2.    Exploring leadership lessons
  3.    Collaborating and networking
  4.    Developing transferable skills

These themes are explored through a variety of in-person and virtual group sessions, including an online orientation, a mid-internship Schaeffer Fellows Summit in Washington, D.C. and site visits to local think tanks and research centers.

  • Virtual orientation with Mr. Schaeffer, the Partnership for Public Service & guest speakers
  • Bi-weekly professional development sessions hosted by the Partnership for Public Service
  • Schaeffer Fellows Summit with national cohort, program administration, Partnership for Public Service, and public service leaders in Washington D.C.
  • Site visits with various public and private sector individuals and organizations
  • Recognition events with Mr. Schaeffer, mentors, internship supervisors, program alumni, and more