The Office of Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. is actively seeking a legislative fellow to assist with a wide range of legislative issues, including the Congressman’s Science and Tech portfolio.
Fellows gain valuable experience as they assist in the development of legislative and public policy initiatives in the Congressman’s office. Fellows are expected to work full time on a range of assignments, including legislative analysis, responding to constituent mail, drafting talking points and speeches for Member, and coordinating logistics and public testimony for Congressional hearings. Fellows are expected to attend office staff meetings and follow office procedures as specified in the Office Manual and Legislative Handbook.
The fellow will serve as the primary legislative contact for certain issue areas, providing research, legislative analysis, and serving as the main contact with constituent and advocacy groups. They will also be responsible for conducting meetings and staffing the Congressman with relevant groups.
Fellows will be assigned a permanent staff member to serve as a legislative mentor during their fellowship. Fellows and their mentors should check-in daily to update on progress for various projects.
Upon beginning their fellowship, fellows are urged to familiarize themselves with the legislative process and functions within a Congressional office (specifically Congressman Bera’s office). Various resources are available to assist in this including CRS, House Learning Center, Congressional Management Foundation, and Leadership offices.
Daily responsibilities may include:
• Legislative research on various policy areas
• Answering constituent mail
• Staffing the Congressman
• Checking Dear Colleague letters
• Authoring memos on bills, letters, etc.
• Meeting with constituent / advocacy groups
• Assisting the communications team with press or constituent outreach
• Attending appropriate briefings and events
Please e-mail a cover letter, Resume/CV, and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title “Congressional Fellowship 2014”.