Our Fellows


Government Interns

supported by the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows program from 2015 through 2023


Internship Sites

with elected officials and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level



around the United States where Schaeffer Fellows have lived and worked


I expect to foster life long relations

The Leonard D. Shaeffer Fellowship enlightened me to the importance of public policy and gave me insight to the way policy works from the ground up. It connected me with likeminded individuals who I expect to foster lifelong relations with. I much appreciated the professional development workshops and all of the great advice from our accomplished speakers.

Mia Ndalugi, 2021 Fellow - University of California, Berkeley

I felt like a real employee

The most rewarding experiences were the interactions I had with the people in my office. Working closely with the career civil servants a dream come true. I was as involved in the process as some of the people who had been in government for 30 years. I felt like a real employee and not just an intern.

Ian Lawrie, 2019 Fellow - Princeton University

Featured Alumni

Jamie Kwong - 2016 Fellow

Jamie interned for the US House Foreign Affairs Committee in 2016. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2018, she pursued her PhD in War Studies at King’s College London as a Marshall Scholar.

Matthew Slagley - 2019 Fellow

Matthew interned with the Virginia State Police as part of the first cohort of University of Virginia Schaeffer Fellows. As a recent graduate, Matthew now serves as a Senior Intelligence Analyst for the Virginia State Police Criminal Intelligence Division.

EJayy Devaughn - 2020 Fellow

Elijah (EJayy) interned with the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom. He earned the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In keeping with his Harvard concentration, DeVaughn plans to pursue a degree in history at Oxford, focusing on the travels of Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, and Malcolm X in the U.K..