Graduate Fellowship Program

Our Graduate Fellows develop the polished business skills that will put their public policy knowledge into action.

 
The Graduate Fellowship program is a yearlong professional development opportunity for outstanding new graduates with master’s degrees who want to contribute to LMI’s public-service mission. LMI provides the fellows with a broad-based, structured program that emphasizes development of analytic and consulting skills. Tasks focus on enhancing presentation, project management, and program development skills in support of critical federal government projects. The program combines varied project work, internal and external professional training, and mentoring.

Eligibility

LMI currently works with 8 graduate programs: Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, and the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The program seeks recent graduate students with exceptional technical and research skills combined with strong leadership potential. We look for broad educational and professional experience that indicates strong, flexible intellectual capability. Graduate students from other disciplines such as business, public administration, data science, engineering, and health policy are also strongly encouraged to apply. Current LMI employees with recent master’s degrees in relevant disciplines who are interested in the program are also welcome to apply.

Structure

Fellows are full-time LMI employees who participate in the program for 1 year, beginning the summer following the award of their graduate degrees. Upon successful completion of the program, the fellows will continue as regular LMI research consultants.

Project Work and Consulting

LMI’s Graduate Fellowship program emphasizes diverse job experience, including work on various consulting projects and interaction with more than one federal government client. Meeting and interacting with government staff members enhances the fellows’ ability to understand government organization and functions, the constraints under which government managers and policymakers perform, and specific government needs for analytic, technical, and consulting support, as well as expanding program development skills.

We make every effort to find opportunities for fellows to serve as project leaders.

Professional Development

In addition to the standard employee benefits package, fellows receive professional development training to augment their work experience. LMI staff and outside experts supply this training—a mix of project management, professional skills, leadership, and technical instruction—the focus of which depends on the needs of LMI and the interests of each fellow.

Mentoring

Each fellow is teamed with a senior LMI professional who acts as a mentor. The mentors help the fellows prepare professional development and training plans and identify potential projects. The mentors are also available to tutor on consulting skills and to offer insight and advice on working with the federal government and public sector.

Applications

The application process for the Graduate Fellowship program begins in the early fall of each year. Please visit LMI’s Careers Page to apply.