The Pittsburgh Foundation

James G. Fulton and J. Steele Gow Political Internship Fund The James G. Fulton Fellows Program was established in 1972 as a living memorial to the late Western Pennsylvania Congressman who, over a 27-year period, trained more than 100 students in his office and taught them first-hand about the challenges and rewards of public life.  The J. Steele Gow Political Fellows Program was established in 1965 in memory of the late J. Steele Gow.  Mr. Gow was the executive director of the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation from its beginning in 1929 until its termination in 1965.  The Foundation was a pioneer in support of economic research, political science education, aided in the development and publication of more than 75 books in these fields, and developed political internships at 25 colleges and universities.  Awards to undergraduate college men and women, preferably residents of Western PA who have taken courses in politics in Western PA institutions and who wish to serve political internships.Recipients of the fellowship will be enrolled in the Marquette University Les Aspin Center for Government. The Les Aspin Center program is a 10 week session in which students will be enrolled in a 6 credit curriculum. Students will receive 3 credits for their internship and 3 credits for the "Public Policy in Washington" academic course. Students work in their internships four days per week and take the academic course 1 day per week. Students are housed in the Aspin Center's student residence on Capitol Hill. The residence is fully furnished. Students will enroll in Marquette University for the summer term and receive a Marquette transcript at the conclusion which can be presented to their home institution to determine eligibility for credit transfer. Students should work with their home institution to determine credit transfer. The dates for this summer are May 24 to August 3.

Average Award $13,53 0 to $20,500

Deadline: 2/28/2019

Criteria

  • Attend an institution of higher education in Western, PA as an undergraduate student.
  • Reside in Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Washington County, or Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania.
  • Have completed previous coursework in American Politics.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • Plan to attend an internship in a Western Pennsylvania Congressional office; executive or administrative office of the federal government; in the legislative bodies and executive and administrative offices of local governments; or in the national, state and local offices of the political parties.  Recipients of the fellowship will be enrolled in the Marquette University Les Aspin Center for Government.  The Les Aspin Center program is a 10 week session in which students will be enrolled in a 6 credit curriculum.  Students will receive 3 credits for their internship and 3 credits for the "Public Policy in Washington" academic course.  Students work in their internships four days per week and take the academic course 1 day per week.  Students are housed in the Aspin Center's student residence on Capitol Hill.  The residence is fully furnished.  Students will enroll in Marquette University for the summer term and receive a Marquette transcript at the conclusion which can be presented to their home institution to determine eligibility for credit transfer.  Students should work with their home institution to determine credit transfer.  
  • Preference will be given to students from Allegheny County, PA.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application by clicking the blue button above.
  • Complete the essay section of the application.
  • Submit two letters of reference from individuals unrelated to you.
  • Submit a statement discussing any prior congressional experience (internship or paid position).
  • Submit your unofficial high school and/or college transcripts.

Contact

  • The Pittsburgh Foundation: Jennifer Marino, Scholarship Coordinator - marinoj@pghfdn.org