Rep. Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) plans to again administer the bi-annual Willamette Valley Legislative Fellowship this coming fall, the House speaker’s office recently announced.
The fellowship is a paid 11-week program that provides fellows with unique opportunities to gain practical campaign and policy experience. The upcoming fellowship will be the fourth iteration of the program.
The program is now accepting applications and will close them on June 3. Once selected, fellows will participate in weekly workshops beginning on Aug. 25 and continuing through until November. Each workshop includes a guest speaker with firsthand experience in Oregon politics and are designed to give fellows practical political and legislative skills.
Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to work with a small group of their peers with similar interests to develop a policy proposal. Throughout the weekly workshops, fellows are given direction on how to formulate good policy and connect with relevant stakeholders.
At the end of the program, the groups will present their policies to lawmakers, including Rayfield. The winning concept will be drafted for the 2023 legislative session and fellows will have the opportunity to advocate at the capitol on behalf of their concept.
“The fellowship is a great opportunity for our office to get to know local students and help them get their foot in the door in the small world of Oregon politics,” Rayfield said. “This fellowship has resulted in some great policy concepts for previous long sessions, several of which have become law.”
Fellows will also participate in weekend campaign events across the state. The events give fellows the chance to develop hands-on elections experience and network with candidates and staff from a wide range of campaigns.
“Every year I hear from fellows that the weekend events are the highlight of their fellowship experience,” Rayfield said. “It is a chance to build camaraderie with their peers while also communicating with voters about what issues affect them — and it feels great to help get candidates elected who will make a difference during their time in Salem.”
To apply, go online and complete the application. Also, submit a resume and cover letter reasons for interest in the fellowship and a head-and-shoulders photo to email@example.com. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview within a week of their application submission.