LSC Legislative Fellowship Program

Frequently Asked Questions about the Application Process

What if I am scheduled to graduate in December?

Applicants graduating in December are eligible to apply for the program; the only requirement is that you must be able to attend the majority of the orientation program during the first week and a half of December.

Do I have to be a recent college graduate to apply?

It does not matter when you received your undergraduate degree; we just require that you have one to be eligible for the program.

Will it hurt my chances of becoming a fellow if I do not schedule an informational tour?

Not at all. The visits are meant to be informal and helpful in gaining more information about the program. They give you an opportunity to meet with current fellows and administrators and ask them questions, but we do not want anyone to unnecessarily miss work or class to come for a visit. If it is convenient for you, then please schedule a visit.

Will you accept more than the required two letters of recommendation?

We will not accept more than the two letters of recommendation that we ask for, so please only submit two.

Is there a particular way the letters should be written and/or addressed? Can they be e-mailed and/or faxed to your office?

There is no particular way we would like the letters to be written; however, we do require that the letters be sealed and submitted with your application packet. No faxed, e-mailed, or late submission of letters will be accepted or considered.

Is there a particular way the personal statement should be written?

You have free rein to write on whatever you would like; we just require that the personal statement be at least two pages long but no more than four pages long. It can be single or double spaced. We will use it to evaluate your writing skills.

Do I need to fill out an Ohio Civil Service Application?

No, the Legislative Service Commission does not accept civil service applications.

Can application materials be sent in separately, or do they need to be sent in all together?

Materials must be sent together as one application packet. Request that all letters of recommendation be sent to you first and then submit them unopened (sealed) with the other required materials. Nothing is to be sent separately.

Do my college transcripts need to be official, or can I send a copy? Do I need to send transcripts from all of the higher education institutions I have attended?

Transcripts do not have to be official, but must come from each college and university you have attended for more than one quarter or semester, including community college and post-graduate work. Upon acceptance into the program, official transcripts will be required.

Do application packets need to arrive by April 1 (May 31 for telecommunications fellows), or can they be postmarked by April 1 (May 31)?

All application packets postmarked on or before April 1 (May 31) will be considered on time.

What are the required work hours? Will I have to work overtime? Will I have time to have a second job or attend classes after work?

The required work hours are 8:30 to 5:00 (9:00 to 5:30 for telecommunications fellows), Monday through Friday. Depending on the activity of the General Assembly, you may be asked to work late hours or to come in early. Fellows may receive some compensatory time for additional time worked beyond the 40 hours in a week. In the past, some fellows have secured part-time jobs or attended evening classes, with the understanding that their first priority is their commitment to the fellowship program and that requires them to keep their evenings flexible.

What is the application process for the legislative fellowship positions?

Legislative fellows are assigned to work in the Ohio House of Representatives, the Ohio Senate, and the Legislative Service Commission. Since their duties and application requirements are slightly different than those for the telecommunications fellows, a separate application is required. Legislative fellowship applications are available on the LSC website or by contacting the fellowship coordinator. The legislative deadline is April 1. Applicants may apply to both the legislative and telecommunications positions.

What is a typical day like for a legislative fellow?

Most legislative fellows will tell you there is no such thing as a typical day in the legislature; however, most days almost always include handling constituent inquiries, writing (newsletter articles, press releases, letters, speeches, etc.), and general administrative duties. Since the number of staff in each member’s office can vary from one person to four or more, work responsibilities will also vary. One day a fellow may be responsible for answering the phones in an office and scheduling for a member; whereas the next day the fellow may be researching a public policy issue and taking notes during a committee meeting. It is important to keep in mind that you will be given a variety of duties during the 13 months of the program; and they will grow in substance and importance as the year progresses.

What is the application process for the telecommunications fellowship positions?

Two telecommunications fellows are hired to work with Ohio Government Telecommunications (OGT)/The Ohio Channel. Applicants must have a telecommunications-related degree or previous television production experience. A separate application is required and can be obtained from the LSC website or by contacting the fellowship coordinator. The telecommunications deadline is May 31. Applicants may apply to both the legislative and telecommunications positions.

What is a typical day like for an OGT fellow?

Again, typical days are rare, but OGT fellows can expect to participate in live broadcasts of House and Senate sessions, dub and transcribe tapes, assist with the production of a weekly news program, and participate in off-site shoots.

Do fellows get a stipend or some kind of compensation?

The fellows are paid $31,200 per year. Additionally, there is the opportunity for a bonus of up to $2,000 based on length of service in the program.

Applicants needing an accommodation to participate in the application process, an informational tour, or interviews should contact the office listed here. Application materials may be obtained from the LSC website or by writing or calling:

Ohio Legislative Service Commission
Attn: Fellowship Program Coordinators
Vern Riffe Center
77 South High Street, Ninth Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6136
(614) 466-3615