Government Relations & Public Policy Fellowship

Category: Other Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) Deadline: 01/02/2013

Job Description

The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) is a statewide membership association of more than 170 private and community foundations and corporate giving programs. MCF works to expand and strengthen this vibrant community of diverse grantmakers who work individually and collectively to advance the common good. In recent years, MCF increased its government relations and public policy services to advance the goals of (1) expanding philanthropy, charitable giving and Minnesota’s community of grantmakers and (2) creating a more prosperous, inclusive and equitable Minnesota by eliminating disparities.

Position Description:

MCF’s government relations & public policy fellowship offers the opportunity to work in collaboration with its director of government relations and public affairs to:

  • Conduct policy research and develop legislative initiatives
  • Develop communication to inform and education MCF members about public policy research and legislative initiatives
  • Work closely with MCF members to organize and facilitate the process to consider and adopt policy positions
  • Develop communication to help MCF members monitor legislative proceedings, particularly during the annual session of the Minnesota Legislature
  • Organize activities to engage MCF members in public policy advocacy and communication with elected officials

Attributes, Experiences and Skills

Individuals with the following attributes, experiences and skills are more likely to find this fellowship to be a successful working and learning experience:

  • Currently a graduate or honors level undergraduate student.
  • Skills in policy research, public speaking and presenting information through clear and succinct writing.
  • Cultivated interest in philanthropy, promoting prosperity, inclusion and diversity, nonprofits, or public policy and engaging grassroots advocates in the legislative process.
  • Comfortable working independently, in circumstances in which change can occur rapidly, and with tact and good humor.
  • Applying values of diversity, equity and inclusion in work, learning or community experiences.

Expectations and Benefits:

  • MCF seeks to work with a student who has a plan for connecting this fellowship to his or her academic, professional and personal goals.
  • This is a paid fellowship, requiring a minimum commitment to a full school year, and availability to work approximately 15 hours per week.
  • This is an opportunity to experience blending policy research, member interests, legislative politics and organizing to create change affecting philanthropy and social policy in Minnesota.

Apply for this Position

Please let us know about your interest in this fellowship by sending a cover e-mail, letter or statement of interest and resume to by September 15, 2013. No phone calls, please. MCF is committed to creating a grantmaking community that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. MCF is an equal opportunity employer.