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Policy Fellowship Program

UCLA LPPI is a local organization with national reach, providing UCLA students with the unique opportunity to engage with leading civil rights groups, elected officials, philanthropic leaders, members of the media, and other cross-sector partners across the United States.

Fellows are placed within one of LPPI’s functional departments: Communications, Research, Leadership Programs, Mobilization, and the Voting Rights Project. Over the course of 9 months, Fellows become integrated into their department’s work, contributing to team projects while learning under the supervision and mentorship of LPPI full-time staff and affiliated faculty experts. In addition to hands-on, experiential learning, Fellows participate in regular paid professional development activities that expose them to Latine policy experts, connect them to relevant academic and career resources, and provide targeted skill-building to accelerate their own leadership trajectories.

Alumni go on to shape policy-making through influential roles in both the public and private sectors, including academia, government, think tanks, and media organizations.

“As a communications fellow, I’ve had the opportunity to raise awareness about the different things impacting the well-being of Latinos by making our research accessible through digital media.”

Mirian Palacios Cruz (she/her/ella)
UCLA Political Science and Chicana/o Studies Minor Undergraduate Student
UCLA LPPI Communications Department

Eligibility Requirements

LPPI invites incoming and continuing UCLA students to apply for the Policy Fellowship. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled across UCLA schools and departments. There is no GPA requirement and students of all majors and class standing are welcome, however, students must be able to commit to:

  • Working 10-15 hours per week over the Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters.
  • Completing the full 9-month program from mid-September to mid-June
  • Participating in Orientation in mid-September
  • Participating in cohort trainings and professional development sessions throughout the year, to be scheduled during work hours
  • The LPPI Policy Fellowship is open to AB540 students. Please see our FAQs for more information.

“UCLA LPPI has already shown me the role that policy advocacy plays in the legal realm and how to work with partners to develop tangible goals. I know that the work I do will have a great impact on Latinos here in California and beyond!”

Ty Rivera (he/him/his)
UCLA Law Student
UCLA LPPI Mobilization Department


The Policy Fellowship is an on-campus job that offers a unique opportunity to support applied policy research that advances meaningful policy change in the community. In addition to mentorship and access to leading policy influencers, Fellows receive competitive pay determined by their class standing.

Furthermore, graduate students who support LPPI research activities are classified as Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs), who are eligible for fee remission. To learn more about fee remission at LPPI, click here.

“LPPI has given me the opportunity to grow both academically and professionally. I have developed skills in data retrieval, project management, and collaboration which I can carry on with me throughout my academic and professional careers.”

Mariah Bonilla (she/her/hers)
UCLA Public Affairs & Chicana/o/x Studies Undergraduate Student
UCLA LPPI Research Department

Application Timeline

LPPI launches its recruitment cycle for the Policy Fellowship in the Winter quarter, to identify candidates for the following academic year. Interviews take place in the Spring quarter and all final decisions and notifications are made before the end of the term. New Fellows will begin working for LPPI in the fall, after completing an initial Orientation and onboarding.

The Policy Fellowship application timeline for the 2023-24 academic year is listed below:

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee that includes supervisors from each of LPPI’s functional departments: Communications, Leadership Programs, Political Mobilization, and Research. We expect to notify all candidates of the outcome of their application by June 16, 2023.

“Being an LPPI fellow has allowed me to exercise leadership and play an integral part on sensitive research projects, whether it be refining methodology, preparing reports for public consumption or diligently collecting data that will inform future reports and policy.”

Alan Rivera (he/him/his)
UCLA Master of Public Policy
UCLA LPPI Research Department

Information Session Hybrid Format

Topic: UCLA LPPI Policy Fellowship Information Session
Start Time: Thursday, April 6, 2023 6 pm-7 pm PT


In-Person Location: UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2343

Virtual: Zoom Link

How to Apply

New Fellows are selected through an application process that seeks to take into account the candidate as a whole. Our application process gives candidates the opportunity to showcase their guiding values, lived experiences, prior work history, academic strengths, leadership potential, and future goals.

To begin your application, click here. Applications and all supporting materials are due by 11:59 pm PT on Monday, May 1st, 2023.

In addition to the online application form, your complete application must include:

  1. SHORT RESPONSES. Please address each of the below prompts in 200 words or less.
    1. What about LPPI’s mission and work resonates with you the most?
    2. What skills or experiences do you hope to contribute to the LPPI team as a Policy Fellow? What skills or experiences do you hope to gain?
    3. How would the Policy Fellowship help you make progress toward your long-term career goals?
  2. RESUME. A professional resume of no more than 2 pages.
  3. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT. You can access your unofficial transcript via MyUCLA.
  4. WRITING SAMPLE. Please include a 3-5 page writing sample from a prior research report, policy analysis or similar type of academic writing. You may submit an excerpt from a longer writing sample.

The above documents should be combined and saved as one PDF file labeled “LPPI-LastName_FirstInitial-Year.” For example: LPPI-Sanchez_J-2023. You can use a free website like to combine multiple documents into one PDF file.

The online application form will prompt you to upload your combined PDF file. If you have difficulty uploading your attachment or have other application questions, contact:

Belen Flores

Project Policy Analyst, UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualities do you look for in a fellow?

  • Beyond our minimum eligibility requirements, we look for candidates who are passionate about advancing U.S. Latine communities and who possess:
    • Strong time management and organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including effective verbal and written communication;
    • A positive attitude and adaptability within an entrepreneurial environment;
    • Familiarity with U.S. government systems and interest in policymaking processes; and
    • Interest in applied policy research and data analysis.
  • Each LPPI department prioritizes different skills and experiences that align with their areas of work. For instance, our Research department might prioritize prior research experience, command of Excel or familiarity with data analysis software. By contrast, our Communications team might prioritize strong social media and web design skills. Finally, our Voting Rights Project typically looks for UCLA students who have previously completed coursework on voting rights legal research (e.g., PP 296 or LAW 832).
  • The sample work projects described in Question #6 gives further insight into the types of skills that each department can utilize.

I do not identify as Latine – can I still apply to the LPPI Policy Fellowship?

  • You do not have to identify as Latine to be an LPPI Policy Fellow. LPPI values diversity of lived experiences, perspectives and skill sets as this diversity enhances our ability to effectively serve and advocate on behalf of U.S. Latine communities and other communities of color. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Is the Policy Fellowship restricted to U.S. Citizens? Can I apply if I am undocumented?

  • We welcome and encourage undocumented immigrant students who have AB540 eligibility or a DACA work permit, as well as legal permanent residents. If you are an undocumented immigrant student and do not meet the AB540 requirements or do not have an active DACA work permit, please contact us to explore ways we may accommodate your situation. Email us at
  • We regret that we are unable to sponsor international work visas at this time.

Will the 2023-24 Policy Fellowship program be virtual or in-person?

  • We anticipate returning to an in-person format for the 2023-24 academic year, public health conditions permitting. In the event of changing guidance from the University of California, UCLA, or the city and county of Los Angeles, however, we may need to adapt the program to a hybrid or virtual format.
  • Applicants should expect to be enrolled in residence at UCLA for the duration of the 2023-23 academic year and complete LPPI work projects in-person in our offices at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Building. The hiring committee may grant an exception to an applicant who has been accepted into and plans to complete a quarter off-campus, such as through UCLA Study Abroad, UCDC or UC Sacramento.

What is the time commitment?

  • Fellows are expected to commit 10-15 hours per week following the UCLA academic calendar. Fellows are not expected to work during winter and spring break, university holidays or other instances of office closure. Upon successful completion of the 9-month Policy Fellowship, Fellows may be invited to continue working with LPPI through the summer and beyond.
  • Work hours typically include such activities as: participating in one-on-one meetings with your supervisor or the LPPI Director of Programs; meeting with your project team; completing your assigned weekly tasks; staffing LPPI events, such as report webinars and forums; and participating in LPPI professional development trainings and networking opportunities.

What does the Fellowship experience entail? What type of projects do Fellows support?

  • At hiring, Fellows are placed within one of LPPI’s functional departments (Communications, Research, Leadership Programs, Mobilization, or the Voting Rights Project) and are assigned a supervisor. Fellows work with their supervisors each quarter to complete a professional development plan that identifies their short- and long-term goals, specific work assignments and opportunities for growth.
  • Below are examples of recent Fellow projects by department:
  • Communications – Track media mentions and compile weekly press clips; update Excel databases of reporters and media contacts; create graphics on Canva and draft social media copy on HootSuite; prepare social media toolkits for LPPI events; perform updates to the LPPI website on WordPress; design email marketing campaigns on MailChimp; and support the development of opinion editorials and press releases.
  • Research – Perform literature reviews and prepare annotated bibliographies; co-author research reports and policy briefs; conduct fact-checking; format citations and ready publications for distribution; collect, code, and analyze qualitative data; support in survey design and analysis; support in interview and focus group designs; create and manage Excel databases; perform descriptive statistical analyses; create charts, graphs, and other data visualizations; and conduct analysis using Stata or R software.
  • Leadership Programs – Develop meeting agendas and facilitate trainings; design program evaluation surveys; create and deliver presentations; update databases; perform market research and environmental scans; prepare memos and briefing materials for event speakers; support fellowship recruitment activities; and manage program calendars.
  • Mobilization – Create and update legislative trackers; perform internet research on Latine judicial candidates and Latine gubernatorial appointments; conduct landscape scans of Latine-focused civil society organizations; perform stakeholder analysis on different policy issue areas and/or regions (e.g., health policy-focused stakeholders in California); support the planning and execution of LPPI webinars, convenings and forums
  • Voting Rights Project – Conduct legal and policy research; support discovery proceedings for trial cases; draft memos synthesizing research findings; provide briefings to attorneys and VRP staff; and assist with trial preparations.

I am not a student at UCLA, can I still apply?

  • At this time, the Policy Fellowship is only open to UCLA students who are enrolled for the 2023-24 academic year. Newly admitted students who plan to matriculate in the fall 2023 term are eligible. Spring 2023 graduates who will not be taking coursework next academic year are not eligible.

How do I become an LPPI Policy Fellow?

Where can I get assistance with my application?

  • Our current Fellows will host an application information session on Thursday, April 6 from 6 pm – 7 pm, hybrid format. This information session will provide an overview of the Policy Fellowship, application process and provide tips for completing your application. Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions during the event. The information session will be recorded and made available here for those who are unable to attend.
  • In addition, our Fellows will host Virtual “Office Hours” via Zoom on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 and Friday, April 14, 2023 from 4 pm -5 pm PT. Drop by to ask your questions! Not able to make it to Office Hours? Email our team at
  • Click here to join our virtual office hours!

I identify as an international student, am I eligible to apply for the fellowship?

Is the Policy Fellowship opportunity for the 2023-2024 academic school year virtual or hybrid?

  • Given the evolving changes of university protocols, the Policy Fellowship is projected to be in-person for the majority of the year to help enhance learning, fully participate in staff meetings, and professional development

What kind of writing sample should I submit? Are there specific recommendations?

  • The writing sample should be between 3-5 pages from a prior research report, policy analysis, or similar type of academic writing. You can submit an excerpt from a longer writing sample. For this component of the application, we are really trying to look for a demonstration of your ability to form an analytical argument using available evidence. Your writing sample should be written by you alone and is recommended that it has alignment to LPPI’s mission

Are students required to work during academic school breaks, including Summer?

  • No. Students are not required to work during breaks, including the Summer but will have the option to do so if they are invited.

Are Fellows considered if they plan to spend a quarter for Study Abroad, UCDC, and/or graduating early?

  • All Fellows are expected to be available to work for the entire 2023-2024 academic school year, however exceptions can be made depending on the Department needs. We ask that during the application process, you are transparent with your situation so that we can move forward accordingly to ensure proper communication is made before entering the new school year.

I have another question that is not listed here. Who can I contact?

  • Please email us at and we will direct your question to the appropriate member of our team.
  • If you have an issue submitting your application materials via our online form, please contact: Belen Flores, LPPI Project Policy Analyst,