Columbus, OH – Legislative Fellowship Program – Ohio Legislative Service Commission
AkronLawJobs No. 10080 Overview: The Ohio General Assembly has sponsored a legislative fellowship program for over 50 years. Traditionally, 23 fellows are chosen for the program.
Program Objectives: Encourage outstanding college graduates to pursue careers in public service; Provide practical experience in the legislative process and legislative research; Develop a group of trained personnel from which persons may be recruited for permanent staff positions; Provide staff assistance to Ohio’s elected officials
Duties: LSC fellows engage in numerous activities and are given a variety of responsibilities. Specific duties depend on a fellow’s assignment; however, most fellows perform some common duties. Fellows’ duties usually include writing assignments such as press releases, newsletters, speeches, and committee memorandums. You may also be asked to research public policy issues or legislation, and attend committee and other meetings. Occasionally, a fellow may be asked to travel to a member’s district for events and/or meetings Fellows also assist with various office and administrative duties These may include but are not limited to, database maintenance, scheduling, filing, and office correspondence.
Qualifications: You must have completed at least a BA/BS by December 2019. Must have a strong academic record and excellent written and oral communication skills. Ohio residents and nonresidents may apply. Prior political involvement or participation in a political party is not required.
Benefits: LSC fellows are paid $31,200 annually with an opportunity to earn an additional bonus of up to $2,000 upon completion of the program. Fellows receive sick leave, personal leave, vacation leave, and paid holidays, and at the discretion of LSC, may receive compensatory time off for overtime worked. Fellows are immediately eligible to participate in the health care plan offered by the state and, after one year of continuous state service, are eligible for dental and vision coverage. All fellows must participate in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. Deductions made on behalf of the retirement system are refundable, according to current federal law and state regulations, upon termination of state employment.
Hours: The required work hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 – 5:00. Depending on the activity of the General Assembly, you may be asked to work late hours or to come in early.
Informational Tours: LSC offers informational tours on most Mondays and Fridays through March. These brief sessions provide detailed information about the program, which may assist individuals in deciding whether or not to apply for a fellowship position. The tours also provide an opportunity for prospective applicants to meet program staff and current fellows, and to see the Vern Riffe Center and the Statehouse. To sign up for a tour, contact program assistant Stefanie Thurman at (614) 644-1326.
How to Apply: (1) Application, (2) resume, (3)
unofficial transcript from EACH college and university attended (for more than
one quarter or semester), (4) two SEALED letters of recommendation from persons
familiar with your academic work, employment experience, extracurricular
activities, and/or community activities. Letters of recommendation should not
be requested from an elected public official unless you were employed by the
public official and the official can comment specifically on your performance
and work habits; (5) a two-four-page typewritten personal statement. The
requirement will be used to evaluate your writing skills and to help the
selection committee learn more about you. You must MAIL your application packet. It must be POSTMARKED
by APRIL 1, 2019. Mail to:
Ohio Legislative Service Commission, Legislative Fellowship Program, Vern Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Ninth Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6136
Deadline: Must be POSTMARKED by April 1, 2019