The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, one of the nation’s premier leadership programs, is accepting applications for its next round of placements.

Since 1964, this uniquely non-partisan Fellowship has attracted many of the most talented and able young leaders. The program offers exceptional individuals, with a passion for leadership and service, a first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Each year, following a rigorous application process, The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships selects a group of between eleven and nineteen outstanding men and women to be placed in senior level positions within the federal government. The Fellows serve as aides to senior White House staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials.

As a supplement to their full-time placements, the Fellows participate in a robust educational program, including a series of round table discussions; these intimate, off-the-record meetings allow the Fellows to connect with and learn from current leaders in the public and private sectors.

The Fellow’s experience is further enhanced by participating in domestic and international policy trips. For instance, the 2017-2018 White House Fellows traveled to Japan, at the invitation of Ambassador Bill Hagerty (White House Fellow ‘91-’92).

White House Fellows come from all walks of life and have diverse backgrounds from business to the military and from education to medicine. The wide variety of perspectives not only enriches the Fellows experience, but also brings their unique expertise to the government.

The Fellowship is fortunate to have several notable alumni in the business community including: Chairman of the Board to Starbucks, Myron E. “Mike” Ullman (‘81 – ’82); former Ford Motor Company President, James J. Padilla (’78-’79); and former CEO of Gilt Groupe and current SVP and CMO at IBM, Michelle Peluso (’98-’99). As you can see, after their time in public service, Fellows have gone on to distinguished careers in business.  And so I feel particularly strongly about continuing this constructive interchange; I believe the Fellowship would benefit greatly from even greater involvement from the business community.

With your help, and the support of your colleagues, this very special, uniquely non-partisan program will continue to flourish. We hope you will feel free share the information about the Fellowship and application process with your colleagues and constituents.

On behalf of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, thank you in advance for your consideration. For additional information, please contact me at 908-673-9855 or or Elizabeth D. Pinkerton, Director of the White House Fellows Program at (202) 395-7474 or