Policy and Public Affairs Fellowship

Policy and Public Affairs Fellowship

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) is looking for a Policy and Public Affairs Fellow to join our team.

This paid fellowship is within ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability and will focus on assisting the department with year-round legislative initiatives in each of the 50 states. He/she is responsible for assisting with the production of ACUF’s congressional and state legislative ratings, researching, compiling and evaluating information collected though federal and state databases, and assisting with publication, outreach efforts, and award delivery. The fellowship lasts 9 months and is designed to provide rigorous training and professional development opportunities.

This position is based just outside the nation’s capital in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct in-depth research to understand the political, social, and/or regulatory implications of proposed and existing state legislation;
  • Draft press releases for state releases;
  • Oversee state and federal award assembly and delivery;
  • Support the Center for Legislative Accountability in producing ACUF’s state legislative ratings, including aggregating state legislative roll-call votes for compilation into matrices, proofreading scorecards prior to release;
  • Monitor and look for ways to improve the department’s system of rating all 50 state legislative bodies and 8,000 elected officials each session;
  • Broadly assist the Center for Legislative Accountability and its team with various legislative and administrative tasks, including preparation for the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Legislative experience preferred;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, with particular emphasis on Excel;
  • Knowledge and experience with politics and regulatory and legislative processes;
  • Passionate about the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and free
  • enterprise;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work successfully individually or in a team environment, and exercise sound professional judgment.


  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience;
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

Duration and Compensation

  • The fellowship will commence on October 15, 2019 and concludes on July 31, 2020.
  • In addition to the training and professional development opportunities, fellows are compensated at an hourly rate of $13.50.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to Dave Patrick at

[email protected]