One of the most rewarding aspects about serving in the Ohio House of Representatives is seeing first-hand the number of young people who are getting involved in civil service. It is easy to say that the younger generation is disengaged and detached from the political process, but I think the Ohio House is positive evidence that that isn’t the case.
Between staff members, interns and even members of the General Assembly, so many young people have worked at the Ohio House and accomplished great things.
That is why I want to encourage any college-graduating senior who is interested in pursuing a career in areas like policy-making, public service, communications or law to apply for the Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. Sponsored by the Legislative Service Commission (LSC), the program invites 24 qualifying fellows to work in the General Assembly for 13 months.
During that time, LSC fellows work on a multitude of tasks, including constituent outreach, policy research, performing administrative duties, working in committees and writing press releases and speeches. These are all important duties that take place in the Ohio General Assembly on a daily basis, and it has given so many young, talented men and women a springboard for pursuing their future career interests. Over the years, many have even continued working in the House and taken on larger leadership roles.
Applications must be postmarked by April 1st of this year to qualify (April 30th for telecommunications positions). Also to qualify, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree program by December 2016, which is the start date for the program. Graduate and professional degree recipients are also encouraged to apply. A student in any field of study is free to apply and no political experience is required.
Personally speaking, I have been so impressed with the smart, talented individuals who have been part of this program since I was first elected to the Ohio House nearly six years ago. This is not a program where young people simply fetch cups of coffee or organize file folders. It is an intensive 13-month-long process that I believe provides a tremendous hands-on education about the legislative process.
In addition, the General Assembly will be passing another biennial budget bill next year, which presents new challenges and learning opportunities for everyone involved.
If you, or someone you know, might be interested in this program, I ask that you pass this information along. Our republic needs young people to participate in civil service, and this program provides an opportunity for them to do so.
If you have any questions about the program, I encourage you to call the fellowship coordinator at (614) 466-3615 or go online at www.lsc.ohio.gov/fellowship.
Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) represents the 91st District, which includes Clinton County.