Civic Fellowship

Spend a year inspiring, empowering, and serving young people while building your own career.


You’re a recent college graduate (or about to be one), dedicated to serving others and looking to build your skills and network in civic education, nonprofit work, or the realms of politics and policy. Join Close Up for our Civic Fellowship, a life-changing year of engaging young people in the political process, breaking down the barriers of polarization, and making your mark as an aspiring educator, issue advocate, or nonprofit leader.

We have 20 openings for our 2023-2024 Civic Fellowship program.

  • Dates: The Civic Fellowship program runs from September 2023 through June 2024.
  • Eligibility: This is a full-time position open to applicants who will have graduated from a four-year college or university by September 2023.
  • Salary and Benefits: Civic Fellows receive a competitive salary and full benefits, including medical and dental insurance.
  • Application Process: Applications are now open! The priority round deadline is May 1 and the second round deadline (if open positions remain) is June 16. Interviews begin in May and decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

The Civic Fellow Experience

As a Civic Fellow, you’ll become part of Close Up’s tightly knit team of civic educators, working together to serve young people of all backgrounds in a fast-paced environment.

You’ll earn a salary and benefits as you:

  • Lead civic education programs in our nation’s capital for diverse students from across the country, helping them discuss and debate the issues that matter to them.
  • Meet and build relationships with elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and policy experts.
  • Work closely with Close Up’s partners, from Bank of America to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, to serve participants in special-focus youth summits, including those for Native American students and migrant and immigrant youth.
  • Lead students in explorations of historical cities up and down the east coast, including New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and Williamsburg.
  • Participate in professional development sessions with skilled educators.
  • Collaborate with Foundation leaders to improve civic learning outcomes for students across our programs and curriculum.

What You Gain

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