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Student Fellowship Opportunity in Political Science

Did you see this Student Fellowship Opportunity posted in the Message Center? Just in case you may have missed it we are sharing the information here too. This is a great opportunity for students interested in careers in government.

The Bucknell-Mauch Fellowship Program, an initiative co-sponsored by the Bucknell Political Science Department and the League of Women Voters of the Lewisburg Area (LWVLA), is designed to enhance political participation among the Bucknell student body through a series of student-run election forums. These facilitated discussions are intended to communicate the importance of voting, learning about election-related issues, engaging in informed debate on decisive issues, and expressing views to elected representatives or those seeking public office.

Four forums on issues germane to prospective federal elections will be held in the Fall of 2018 (early Sept., early Oct., early Nov. and post-election). These forums will be named, organized and led by two Mauch Fellows chosen for their knowledge of and interest in the political process. They will be structured in a discussion format, and convened in student dormitories (or other venues of the students’ and advisors’ choosing). The two Mauch Fellows will each receive a $2000 stipend as well as $1000, total, for expenses associated with the forums.

Fellowship Responsibilities include:

  • Selection of the issue topics for discussion
  • Research on the issues (including values associated with and parties’ positions on the issues)
  • Preparation of brief fact sheets/handouts on each issue
  • Planning for and facilitating each forum
  • Keeping records/reporting on the forums and on observed outcomes through the course of the semester and in the form of a final report
  • Meeting regularly with the Mauch Faculty Mentor and League Advisors through the course of the semester

Fellowship Selection Criteria:

  • Selection of Mauch Fellows will be based on the candidate’s brief essay of interest in the Mauch Election Forums, demonstrated knowledge of and interest in the political process, and undergraduate academic record, especially in relevant courses.

Application Requirements

  • Due February 19, 2018
  • Email to Scott Meinke (, Chair, Bucknell University Political Science Department with the following:
    • A copy of your transcript
    • Your resume
    • A cover letter – in it be sure to explain why you are interested in being considered as a Mauch Student Fellow and what qualifications you would bring to the program.
    • Also include your weekday schedule for Feb 26 – March 9 indicating your availability for an interview.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization; neither the League nor any of the activities it sponsors or in which it participates, including the Mauch Fund Project, may in any way support any political candidate or party.

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