The Polis Director’s Fellows
Polis: Center for Politics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy works to prepare future political leaders, to promote rich political discourse, and to use political science research to serve society. The Polis Director’s Fellows program provides Sanford’s undergraduate and graduate students with unique opportunities to make valuable contributions to the Duke and Sanford intellectual communities by participating in the production of innovative programming.
The Polis Director’s Undergraduate Fellows will develop strong leadership skills while helping to produce innovative programming that will foster rich political discourse around domestic and global political issues. Each working between 5-10 hours per week at a rate of $13 per hour during the fellows program semester, a team of 3 undergraduate fellows will help the Polis leadership team with program development and implementation. They will also take the lead in developing 1-2 student-driven events or projects that provide the Sanford and Duke communities with an opportunity to engage in rich discussion around an important political issue. Three students will be selected each semester.
The Polis Director’s Graduate Student Fellows (MPP, MIDP, and Ph.D. students) will provide programmatic support to the Polis Leadership Team while working on projects that help to solve some of our most pressing domestic and global political challenges. These positions are hourly and paid according to the Sanford School’s hourly rate ranges for student workers. One student will be selected each semester.
Two rounds of selection
Choose which semester works best for you. Application deadlines:
Fall 2020 Priority Deadline
Spring 2021 Deadline
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?Duke undergraduate students of all majors who will be residing in the state of North Carolina during their fellows program semester and are otherwise legally allowed to work in the United States are eligible and encouraged to apply. Graduate students are subject to the same stipulations, and additionally must be matriculated at the Sanford School of Public Policy (MPP, MIDP, or Ph.D.).
MAY I HOLD A SECOND JOB?Sure! Polis does not have any restrictions in this regard. We do ask that you commit for the entire fellows program term.
HOW MANY HOURS PER WEEK IS THE COMMITMENT?We will work with each Fellow to develop a work schedule of between 5-10 hours each week during the semester. The hours will mainly be fixed and reliable, though we anticipate the occasional variation and evening event.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?Undergraduate Fellows receive a wage of $13/hr. Graduate Fellows will receive a wage in accord with Sanford's standard pay rates. Fellows receive recognition on the Polis website. Spring 2021 Fellows will work remotely. Each Fellow will set and achieve concrete goals, and will be part of a meaningful cohort experience.
WHAT ARE THE START & END DATES?Fall 2020 cohort start: September 1
Fall 2020 cohort completion: November 20
Spring 2021 cohort start: January 19
Spring 2021 cohort completion: April 16
WHEN WILL APPLICANTS BE NOTIFIED?Interviews for the fall semester will be scheduled for August 19 and 20. Fall 2020 cohort notification date: August 24 Spring 2021 cohort notification date: To be announced
WHO SUPERVISES THE WORK & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE DIRECTOR'S FELLOWS?Though working closely with the Polis team and with one another, each Director’s Fellow will be supervised by Polis’s Research Director, who chairs the program.
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The Director's Fellows:
Past & Current
Caroline Kassir ’22
Marayna Martinez (Ph.D. candidate) ’23
Samia Noor ’21
Jessica On ’24
Olivia Reneau ’22
Allison Sokol (MPP candidate) ’21
Andrew Worrell (MPP candidate) ’24