In an effort to bring fresh ideas and attract the best and brightest minds to public service, Gov. Wolf Tuesday announced the creation of the William Penn Fellowship for advanced degree graduates.
“The William Penn Fellowship is a first of its kind program for state government in Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “Our goal is to invigorate the Commonwealth with new ideas and create new opportunities to become involved in public service.”
During the two-year fellowship, participants will become oriented to state government operations in the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency before being assigned to a specific agency. Fellows will work on projects related to the Governor’s priorities of Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach and Government that Works.
At the conclusion of their fellowships, they will present the results of their work to the Governor and other senior officials.
“The William Penn Fellows will work alongside leaders in state government to address the challenges facing Pennsylvania today,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich, whose office houses both GO-TIME and the Fellowship program. “In the process, they will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned through the pursuit of their advanced degrees and gain valuable experience that they can carry with them into the future.”
The William Penn Fellowship is open to individuals with master’s-level and above degrees earned from December 2013 to August 2017.
The application period opens August 1 and applications will be accepted through October 21.
Selected candidates will be invited to Harrisburg in November for in-person interviews and final selections will be announced the following month. Fellowships will begin in summer 2017.For more information, visit the William Penn Fellowship website.