Monday, April 29, 2013
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Angela R Johnson
Category: Global & Civic Engagement
Georgia Center for Opportunity selects five of America’s top public policy graduates to be Breakthrough Fellows. This is a two-year fellowship with significant responsibilities; Breakthrough Fellows will carry out directed research, advocacy, and program delivery focused on poverty and social mobility in Georgia.
Successful applicants will work primarily in one of GCO’s current research programs: Prisoner Reentry, College and Career Readiness, Stronger Families, Thriving Nonprofits, and
Breakthrough Norcross (see descriptions above).
The first year of the Fellowship focuses primarily on research and analysis. Fellows will be assigned to a Working Group of leading experts, and will work under the direction of the Working Group Chair, who is responsible for the overall research brief. The Breakthrough Fellow for each Working Group will be responsible for writing all reports associated with the research area.
In addition to literature reviews, the Fellow will be expected to coordinate the various aspects of research which will find their way into the final report—field studies, public hearings, expert
interviews, focus groups, and polling—with appropriate administrative support from the organization.
The second year the Fellow focuses on publishing the final report, assisting the GCO Advocacy team in promoting the report recommendations among policymakers and key stakeholders,
educating the public, and working with the GCO Delivery team to help shape the delivery of services in a way that reflects best-practice as discovered in the course of research.
The GCO Fellows Program is designed for graduates who wish to embark upon a career in public policy, giving them significant responsibilities and direct experience in policy research.
The Fellowship will allow them to work closely with key figures in government agencies and the Georgia General Assembly, as well as a range of policymakers, business leaders, leading academics, and heads of nonprofits. It is intended that Fellows who complete the program will be highly competitive for positions with national think tanks, state and federal governments, graduate research programs at leading universities, and other related public policy arenas.
With offices in the newly designated Peachtree Corners in metro Atlanta, GCO is a fast-paced, entrepreneurial and highly collaborative environment, with easy access to downtown Atlanta.
Those selected as Fellows will receive:
• A $20,000 per year stipend.
• Free housing in Peachtree Corners, within easy walking distance of GCO offices and the shops and restaurants at The Forum, the YMCA, etc.
• 10 days annual vacation, 13 paid holidays, plus an additional weeklong holiday between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
To fill out an application, go to Georgia Center for Opportunity, go to www.georgiaopportunity.org