PA House Fellowship Program

PA House Fellowship Program The House Fellowship Program provides students with education, work experience and insight into the people, issues and politics of the legislative process.
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This 13-week program, housed in the Pennsylvania Capitol, places undergraduate juniors, seniors, graduate students, and law school students attending Pennsylvania colleges or universities in the offices of Committee Chairmen or House Leaders. Fellows will attend hearings, committee meetings, workshops, and Legislative session. They will draft bill analyses, work on constituent services, and conduct policy research. Fellows will develop, research, and present their own original piece of legislation at the end of the fellowship. Fellows will receive a bi-weekly stipend. Credits are set by academic institutions.

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Our friends in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives are doing some really cool things around the Capitol! ...
09/11/2020

Our friends in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives are doing some really cool things around the Capitol! Check out their newest display!

Update! Our women's exhibit in the main rotunda is now complete! In addition to our exhibit featuring pieces of House History and memorabilia, posters are now on display that feature women who have served in leadership roles in the House and of all the women who have served in the House. A pop up exhibit from the National Archives is also on display. Be sure to check it out! Take some photos and tag us on Facebook ,Twitter, and/or Instagram!

07/22/2020

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! We have some unfortunate news. Sadly, we had to make the very heart wrenching decision to cancel our Fall 2020 semester due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and mitigation efforts. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will have a Spring 2021 semester. If anyone is interested in hearing more about the Fellowship program, we will continue to post updates on this page.
We are also happy to assist students in any way possible with questions, concerns, etc. during this time. Please contact, Kelly Palmer at [email protected] or 717-787-4458. We are all in this together!

06/05/2020

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! We want to provide a quick update and some information on the BMC Legislative Fellowship Program for our new followers. We miss our student interns and are looking forward to a successful Fall 2020 semester! The BMC Fellowship Program is an opportunity for students to be provided with work experience, education, and insight into the people, issues, and politics of the legislative process.

Based in Pennsylvania's magnificent State Capitol in Harrisburg, the 13-week program places undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and law school students attending Pennsylvania colleges or universities in the offices of Committee Chairmen or House Leaders. Pennsylvania residents are also eligible to participate in this program if they attend an out-of-state school.

Please contact Kelly Palmer at 717-787-4458 or [email protected] for any additional questions or information you may have!

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic!  We are highlighting one of our Spring 2020 ...
04/17/2020
Meghan Buchle, Spring 2020 BMC Fellow

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic! We are highlighting one of our Spring 2020 semester students, Meghan Buchle in this post. Meghan interned with the Republican Education Committee in the Spring 2020 semester with Chairman PA State Rep. Curt Sonney. We are very proud of everything Meghan has achieved this semester and looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this bright young woman. Check out her blog post below to read about her experience with the PA House Fellowship Program first hand! #pahousefellowship #spring2020

What can I say about the House Fellowship that hasn’t been said before? When I read through past fellows’ blogs searching for inspiration for my own blog post, I felt like they’d already said every…

Among all of the uncertainty in the world right now, we wanted to add some positivity to our page!  We are highlighting ...
04/03/2020
An Unprecedented Experience

Among all of the uncertainty in the world right now, we wanted to add some positivity to our page! We are highlighting one of our Spring 2020 semester students, Kayla Shellenhamer. Kayla interned with the Democratic Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee this semester under Chairman Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. We are very proud of everything Kayla has achieved this semester and looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this bright young woman. Check out her blog post below to read about her experience with the PA House Fellowship Program first hand! #pahousefellowship #spring2020

An Unprecedented Experience Kayla Shellenhamer, Juniata College Experiencing the unexpected is what some people just call life. In my 22 years, I’ve experienced plenty of the unexpected. In high sc…

04/02/2020

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times! In accordance with mitigation efforts, we are working remotely. Please continue to reach out to us with any questions you may have regarding the Fellowship. We are happy to assist students in any way possible during this time. Unfortunately, we must postpone our Summer 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are hoping to host the Fall 2020 semester, but we must follow guidance on this evolving situation. We will continue to post updates. We are all in this together!

Between researching, writing bill and policy analysis, conducting interviews, attending budget and committee hearings, F...
02/27/2020

Between researching, writing bill and policy analysis, conducting interviews, attending budget and committee hearings, Fellowship workshops and tours, more researching, preparing for legislative session days, drafting original pieces of legislation, and did we mention, more researching? We paused for a view of the magnificent Capitol dome. Enjoy! #PAHouseFellowship DEADLINE FOR SUMMER 2020 SEMESTER IS MARCH 1ST!

It's hard to believe we are halfway through our Spring 2020 semester.  The students have been working diligently  throug...
02/24/2020

It's hard to believe we are halfway through our Spring 2020 semester. The students have been working diligently throughout their semester here. Today, we took advantage of the magnificent Capitol building we all have the privilege of working in for some photos. Just a reminder that the deadline for the Summer 2020 semester, March 1, 2020 is quickly approaching. Summer semester is open to graduate and law students.
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Today, the Fellows visited the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives. The group learned about how the Archives ...
02/19/2020

Today, the Fellows visited the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives. The group learned about how the Archives collects, preserves and provides access to the permanently valuable historic records created by Representatives, Committees, Offices and Staff in order to promote understanding of the history of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and its impact on Pennsylvania's citizens today. Pictured is the old official reporter's desk from the House floor. #PAHouseFellowship

The deadline for Legislative Fellows for the Summer 2020 semester of the House Fellowship Program is quickly approaching...
02/18/2020
Pennsylvania House Fellowship

The deadline for Legislative Fellows for the Summer 2020 semester of the House Fellowship Program is quickly approaching! Our deadline is March 1, 2020. Summer is open to Graduate and Law students. Be sure to browse our page, check out our website, and look at our BlogSpot found on our Webpage linked below. This experience is an opportunity of a lifetime! Please contact our Programs Coordinator at 717-787-4458 or [email protected] for any questions! #PAHouseFellowship

The Fellows took a tour of the Pennsylvania State Library, where they have access to one of the largest library collecti...
02/12/2020

The Fellows took a tour of the Pennsylvania State Library, where they have access to one of the largest library collections in the United States. The Library's collection ranges from Marvel Comics, to state/national newspapers, to genealogical and historical articles. A special thank you to Kathy Hale for an amazing experience and getting the Fellow's set up with Library Access Cards! #PAHouseFellowship

This morning the House Fellowship Program, met with The Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau to discuss the legisla...
02/10/2020

This morning the House Fellowship Program, met with The Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau to discuss the legislative drafting process. The LRB is one of the busiest legal offices in Pennsylvania. They prepare requested legislative bills and resolutions for introduction in the General Assembly, advise members of the Legislature and legislative committees; and, from time to time, prepare proposed codifications of existing general statutes for adoption or rejection by the General Assembly. LRB attorneys are an invaluable resource to the Legislative Fellows, as each Fellow drafts, presents, and defends their own original legislation as a component of this program. A special Thank you to Barb Lane and Peter Klein for your time and expertise today! #PAHouseFellowship

Today, the Fellows had the opportunity to meet with to House Parliamentarian, Clancy Myer.  The students learned about p...
02/06/2020

Today, the Fellows had the opportunity to meet with to House Parliamentarian, Clancy Myer. The students learned about procedures of the House and his role as Parliamentarian. The students were quite impressed by the amount of institutional knowledge Mr. Myer exhibited. Special thank you, Clancy! #PAHouseFellowship

02/05/2020
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Friendly reminder, that applications for the 2020 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship are due March 1. Those eligible are graduating high school seniors and legal residents of PA, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, planning to attend any 4 year college in PA, demonstrating leadership and community service, and financial need.
We are proud to partner in this opportunity with the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, see link below! Please share this wonderful opportunity on your page!

Our Spring 2020 Fellows met Pennsylvania's House of Representatives, Chief Clerk, Dave Reddecliffe.  He explained what t...
02/03/2020

Our Spring 2020 Fellows met Pennsylvania's House of Representatives, Chief Clerk, Dave Reddecliffe. He explained what the role of the Chief Clerk is in the House of Representatives. Thanks for your time in meeting with our program, Dave! #PAHouseFellowship

Check out the House Fellowship Program and our friends at the Pennsylvania House Archives at Franklin & Marshall College...
01/31/2020

Check out the House Fellowship Program and our friends at the Pennsylvania House Archives at Franklin & Marshall College Career Fair today from 11-2. Both programs provide amazing opportunities for college, graduate, and law students! Deadline for summer applications is March 1 and fall is May 1.

Today, our House Legislative Fellows along with interns from Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives,  Temple Uni...
01/30/2020

Today, our House Legislative Fellows along with interns from Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, Temple University- Pennsylvania Capital Semester, and Speaker Mike Turzai's Office toured the Pennsylvania State Museum. The students learned diverse aspects of Pennsylvania’s history, and had the opportunity to view the Museum's storage rooms. Special Thank You to our amazing tour guide, Military & Industrial History Curator, Bob Hill for this amazing experience! #PAHouseFellowship

Shared from our friends in the House Archives.
01/28/2020

Shared from our friends in the House Archives.

Kobe Byrant was recognized on the House floor along with his Lower Merion High School basketball team on April 30, 1996. Here he is with Speaker Matt Ryan and then with Rep. Lita Cohen. We send our condolences to the Byrant Family and to the other families who have been affected by this tragedy.

01/24/2020
Fall 2019-Final Presentation Marcus Huertas

Watch Marcus Huertas, Shippensburg University Senior, who interned with Speaker Mike Turzai's Office present his original legislation which establishes the freestanding Consolidated General Microhydropower Pilot Program Act, creates a Consolidated General Microhydropower Pilot Program, a Consolidated General Microhydropower Permit, and provides a tax credit for the implementation of microhydropower generators. Make sure to LIKE and FOLLOW our page! #MHP3 #PAHouseFellowship

01/23/2020

Today, the House Fellowship Program met with School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg to discuss our Fellowship Opportunities. We are excited to work with all students who are enrolled in a higher education institution in Pennsylvania. We provide students with work experience, education, and insight into the people, issues, and politics of the legislative process. Make sure to LIKE and FOLLOW our page for more information on this amazing program. #PAHouseFellowship

Today, during the House Session, the Spring 2020 Fellows were introduced on the House Floor by Speaker Mike Turzai.  The...
01/21/2020

Today, during the House Session, the Spring 2020 Fellows were introduced on the House Floor by Speaker Mike Turzai. Their names are now part of the permanent record of the PA House of Representatives. #PAHouseFellowship

We are now accepting applications for Legislative Fellows for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters of the House Fellowship...
01/16/2020
Pennsylvania House Fellowship

We are now accepting applications for Legislative Fellows for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters of the House Fellowship Program! Our deadline is March 1, 2020 for Summer and May 1, 2020 for Fall. Summer is open to Graduate and Law students, and Fall is open to Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors. Be sure to browse our page, check out our website, and look at our BlogSpot found on our Webpage linked below. This experience is an opportunity of a lifetime! Please contact our Programs Coordinator at 717-787-4458 or [email protected] for any questions! #PAHouseFellowship

01/15/2020
Fall 2019- Katherine Weaver Presentation

Katherine Weaver, A Temple University Student who interned in the Fall 2019 semester with the Democratic Judiciary Committe under Rep. Tim Briggs, presents her original legislation which allows the Department of Corrections to furnish reentrants with a sum of money not to exceed $200. These reentrants must have served in a state prison for a period of time equal to ten years or above. Make sure to LIKE and FOLLOW our page so you don't miss what these students are up to! #PAHouseFellowship

01/13/2020
Fall 2019-Final Presentations

Connor Graf, a Fall 2019 BMC Fellows and student from Temple University, interned on the PA House Republican State Government Committee, chaired by Garth Everett State Representative, presents his original legislation which amends the PA Constitution to extend property tax exemptions to surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.
Make sure to follow our page so you can watch what our students are up to. #PAHouseFellowship

Welcome to the Spring 2020 House Fellows! This semester we have 6 students, from 5 different schools, who will take part...
01/09/2020

Welcome to the Spring 2020 House Fellows! This semester we have 6 students, from 5 different schools, who will take part in the 13-week internship, learning the legislative process, attending meetings, hearing, tours, and workshops. We are very excited to host them and make the most of this experience! Make sure to follow our page and enjoy watching their journey throughout the semester. #PAHouseFellowship

01/07/2020
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The PA House of Representatives is proud to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship. Those eligible are graduating high school seniors and legal residents of PA, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, planning to attend any 4 year college in PA, demonstrating leadership and community service, and financial need.
The deadline for applying is March 1, 2020. Click on the link for more details and an application.

01/06/2020
Fall 2019-Penny Pappas Final Presentation

Penny Pappas from Temple University, served as a Fall 2019 BMC House Fellow on the State Government Committee. Watch as she presents her original legislation which stablishes a ten-year pilot program for the use of an automated speed enforcement system (ASES) in designated school zones in Philadelphia.

01/02/2020
Fall 2019 Final Presentations-Sean Welch

Sean Welch, Fall 2019 Legislative Fellow, who interned with the Democratic Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, presents his original legislation, which amends the Climate Change Act to add two youth members to the currently Climate Change Advisory Committee under the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

12/30/2019
Alissa Stoneking, Fall 2019 Final Presentation

Alissa Stoneking, a Fall 2019 House Fellow with the Republican Education Committee, presents her original legislation; which amends the Public School Code to require school districts to create and implement a policy to allow students with chronic conditions to self-carry and self-administer medication.

12/26/2019
Fall 2019: Jeffrey Luse Final Presentation

Good morning! We are excited to share Jeffrey Luse from Messiah College's original legislation from the Fall 2019 semester. Jeffrey worked dilligently on this project with the Republican Veteran's Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. His legislation amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) by establishing the Online Firefighter Training Program in Pennsylvania and further provides for award of grants to volunteer fire companies.

12/23/2019
Paige Oustrich, Elizabethtown College

Watch Paige Oustrich present her original legislation, which establishes the Prescription Drug Affordability Board to protect state residents and other stakeholders from the high costs of prescription drug products.

Charles Oberdick, Temple University student describes his experience with the House Fellowship below. From meeting the G...
12/19/2019
The Other Side of Politics

Charles Oberdick, Temple University student describes his experience with the House Fellowship below. From meeting the Governor to crafting his own legislation, a wonderful experience all around!

While the Pennsylvania House Fellowship program is only a few short months, the program is by far the best part of my college experience. Political science remains a degree stuck in between theory …

"The fellowship gave me a front row seat to the policy-making process in Pennsylvania."-Paige Oustrich, Class of 2020, E...
12/16/2019
Not your typical internship

"The fellowship gave me a front row seat to the policy-making process in Pennsylvania."-Paige Oustrich, Class of 2020, Elizabethtown College. Check out her blog to read more!

As someone who had 3 internships before starting the fellowship, I had an innate sense of what to expect when I applied for this fellowship. As an experienced intern, I knew what my roles were to b…

Today, our Fall 2019 semester wraps up. The Fellows presented their original pieces of legislation and answered related ...
12/12/2019

Today, our Fall 2019 semester wraps up. The Fellows presented their original pieces of legislation and answered related questions from the audience. The Fellows were joined by the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, the Bipartisan Management Committee, House Members, Committee Leadership staff, professors from the academic community, family and friends. Keep tuned into our page as we will be posting the videos of the students!

Check out Connor Graf below, he puts his PA House Fellowship experience into words and says it perfectly.   "Throughout ...
12/11/2019
Can’t Teach Experience

Check out Connor Graf below, he puts his PA House Fellowship experience into words and says it perfectly. "Throughout the House Fellowship Program, you become a part of that legislative process, able to work and learn first-hand the ins and outs of the Pennsylvania government."

My time as a Temple University political science student has been rewarding but there are some things that just cannot be taught in a classroom. Spending the last thirteen weeks in Harrisburg has o…

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I had the honor of being assigned to his office as a Fellow my senior year of college. He was a great man and a talented artist. The opportunity truly launched my career in state government. I am pleased he still receives recognition for his life's work. The opportunity to work with people of this caliber is what the Fellowship program is all about!