Fellowships and Internships Housed at the Center for Politics and Public Affairs 


The Center for Politics and Public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College conducts the Congressional Fellowship Program. The Congressional Fellow Program is an ongoing education-government partnership. The program is designed to bring the governmental expertise of federal lawmakers and their top aides to the college community.

Under the terms of the program, members of Congress--House and Senate and their staffs--are appointed as Congressional Fellows for a two year period. Normally appointments are made in January following the congressional elections, but some appointments may be made at other times.

The program does not expect full time residence on campus, but Fellows will make periodic appearances on the campus. Fellows will serve as guest lecturers in classes, meet formally and informally with students, faculty, and other members of the college community, give more formal presentations to the college community, and be invited to special events.

The President (Provost) of the College normally appoints Fellows.   The program is housed in the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, 3rd floor of the Harris Center on the Franklin & Marshall campus.


Fellows will be appointed by the President (Provost) of the college for one semester or for an academic year, but Fellows from time to time may participate in programs at anytime time during the calendar year as well.

Fellows will be selected based on expertise in specific policy areas and appropriate academic qualifications.

Fellows will provide their expertise in both classroom and non classroom settings, meeting with students, faculty and other members of the F&M community. These activities may involve teaching, participating in special lectureships and seminars, or participating, as their expertise warrants, in F&M's community partnerships. The Fellowship does not expect or require full time residence.

The Fellowship program is located in the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, 3rd floor of the Harris Center on the Franklin & Marshall campus.


The Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College does offer research internships from time to time. Academic semester internships involve a commitment of 12 weeks, 13 hours per week. The summer internship involves a commitment of 8 weeks, 20 hours per week of summer employment with the Center on the campus of Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. The interns are responsible for a variety of research assignments dealing with state and national politics and governmental matters. Successful applicants must have completed their sophomore college year, and have a 3.0 grade point average. Priority will be given to students enrolled at Franklin & Marshall College. The internship carries with it a $2000 stipend.

A letter of application, along with a resume and two letters of recommendation should be sent to Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Franklin and Marshall College, POB 3003, Lancaster, PA, 17604-3003


Cambridge, MA – Franklin & Marshall College is participating in a national effort, led by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), to encourage participation and engagement in politics by America’s young people.

The IOP’s “National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement” was created in 2003 and currently includes a consortium of twenty-two colleges and universities around the country committed to creating more politically and civically engaged campuses.  Participating schools work on their own campus and collaboratively in three key areas: establishing an ongoing relationship with electoral politics; focusing on career development in public service; and ensuring a foundation in civic education.

“The importance of youth involvement in the political process is critical for a healthy democracy, and Franklin and Marshall’s commitment to student civic engagement is to be highly commended,” said Institute of Politics Interim Director John C. Culver.

“We are delighted and excited to join with Harvard University and other institutions of higher learning to promote more political and civic activity among our students,” said Dr. G. Terry Madonna, the Director of the program at Franklin & Marshall College.

In addition to taking action to spur student political involvement on their respective campuses, the group works during the academic year to –

  • Issue specific recommendations for government, media, campaigns, and educational institutions to promote political and civic engagement;
  • Collect and make available key research; and
  • Create new training opportunities for organizations and individuals seeking to promote youth engagement and participation.

The National Campaign’s twenty-two consortium schools are: Allegheny College, Birmingham Southern College, Elon University, Franklin & Marshall College, Harvard University, Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Saint Anselm College, Simpson College, Tennessee State University, Tufts University, University of Florida, University of Kansas, University of Oklahoma, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Texas, University of Utah, University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University.

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy.  The IOP’s mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to consider careers in politics and public service. The Institute strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs.  More information is available online at www.iop.harvard.edu/.

Established in 2004, the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College fosters the study of politics and public policy. It is under the auspices of the college's Floyd Institute for Public Policy Analysis. The Center holds public and campus forums and specialized sessions dealing with a wide variety of public and political matters. In addition, it sponsors specific lectures and seminars with other institutional and community partners for the purpose of stimulating discourse on political and policy issues.