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LSC Legislative Fellowship Program


The Ohio General Assembly, through the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC), has sponsored a legislative fellowship program for over 45 years. The LSC sponsors 23 - 24 paid thirteen-month legislative fellowship positions designed to provide college graduates with practical experience in the legislative process. This experience often leads to permanent employment opportunities in the legislature, state government, or related areas.

Traditionally, twenty fellows are assigned to work with the majority or minority party caucus in either the House or the Senate, with additional fellows being placed with the LSC research and fiscal staff and Ohio Government Telecommunications (OGT)/The Ohio Channel. Fellows assigned to a caucus normally engage in research, constituent services, writing speeches and news releases, and related administrative work. Fellows that work directly with the LSC staff draft legislation, perform legal or fiscal research, monitor sessions of the General Assembly, and attend committee meetings. The fellows assigned to OGT work as production assistants, where they assist in televising legislative sessions and in the production of public service communications.

The fellowship program begins the first week in December of each year and continues through December 31 of the following year. The application period begins January 1 of every year. The application deadline for the legislative fellowship positions is April 1. The application deadline for the telecommunications fellowship positions is May 31. The only eligibility requirement an applicant must meet is the completion of at least a bachelor's degree program by December.

"An outstanding introduction to government services, the [fellowship] did much to prepare me for subsequent legislative and executive branch service, including 7+ years as Ohio's state budget director."
Greg Browning, President, Capital Partners, an Ohio-based consulting firm

Common bonds among current and former fellows include their strong interest in working to help people and their ability to accomplish that through exceptional communications skills. Work as an LSC legislative fellow has provided nearly 900 fellows an excellent opportunity to:

  • Learn the workings of state government
  • Understand the legislative process and its subtleties
  • Provide assistance to legislators and their constituents
  • Explore careers in public service
"One of the best jobs I have ever had. The lessons I learned about politics and legislation and governing still serve me well here in Washington."
Linda Arnsbarger, Attorney at law practicing in Washington, D.C.

For more detailed information on the legislative and telecommunications fellowship program, contact:

Ohio Legislative Service Commission
Attn: Fellowship Program Coordinators
Vern Riffe Center
77 South High Street, Ninth Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6136
(614) 466-3615

Fellowship Coordinator: Tynita White, Tynita.White@lsc.ohio.gov

The Ohio Legislative Service Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

"Not only does the program provide excellent experience and understanding of state government, but it provides skills which serve an individual well in the private sector."
Michael Bennett, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, The Longaberger Company
"The [fellowship] has provided me with a front row seat in Ohio's political arena. Working for three state senators allowed me to interact with various groups involved in state government and enjoy a diverse work experience."
Jason Wetzel, Wal-Mart Stores, Senior Manager of Public Affairs for Indiana and Kentucky