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Meridian Institute Ruckelshaus Fellowship Program

The Meridian Institute Ruckelshaus Fellowship provides the next generation of public policy leaders with the skills they need to support collaboration on complex and controversial problems. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position. Selected Fellows will begin work in summer 2019 at either Meridian’s Dillon, CO, or Washington, DC locations.


Primary Duties of the Position

Meridian Fellows work as Project Assistants to provide research, writing, and many other types of support for projects focusing on a wide variety of challenging issues. As Project Assistants, Fellows may:

  • Assist in the preparation of internal- and external-facing documents including meeting materials and summaries, press releases, and other communications;
  • Actively engage as part of dynamic teams focused on designing and facilitating collaborative dialogues to address public policy issues;
  • Engage with participants in Meridian processes (through interviews or other types of interactions), including leaders of the private, non-profit, and government sectors;
  • Help plan, attend, provide logistical support, and document domestic and/or international meetings;
  • Research and track developments on issues relevant to Meridian’s work;
  • Manage data and maintain spreadsheets, including grant tracking spreadsheets and contact databases;
  • Provide administrative support for Meridian projects, including but not limited to, maintaining websites and list serves, drafting emails, and taking notes;
  • Participate on internal Meridian teams to assist with organizational development; and
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.


To Apply

Completed applications are due by 10 pm EST on Sunday, January 20, 2019. 

Apply using the Meridian Institute applicant portal

Applicants may apply to both Fellowship opportunities, however you must submit separate applications for each position. Each applicant pool will be considered independently.

* For the best experience, we recommend opening the applicant portal in Chrome (version 70 and later).

After registering your account and logging into the applicant portal, you will be directed to provide information related to your application, take a 10 – 20-minute writing test, and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter – 1 page
    Drawing from your personal, professional, and academic experiences, please explain how you hope to contribute to Meridian as a Fellow and what you hope to gain from this opportunity 

  2. Resume – 1 page
    Detail relevant education, training, experiences, and accomplishments.

  3. Essay – 1 page 
    Briefly describe a critical public policy issue facing society today and suggest how a collaborative process could be effective in helping address that issue. If applicable, include details about which parties should be engaged and what challenges might be faced in trying to bring them together.

For a complete description of the position and application instructions, click here. Also, find additional information in the Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF).


Equal Opportunity Employment

Meridian recognizes that our work is made stronger and more impactful by the contributions of diverse groups from around the world. At Meridian, we welcome people from all backgrounds and do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, creed, or ancestry.

Meridian Institute is a participating employer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security program, E-Verify.