2016 Fellowship

Fellowship

Our History

In 2011, we recruited our first group of students from the Athens area to be a part of the campaign staff for our election drive to the Georgia General Assembly. Their excitement and hard work was truly inspiring, and many desired to continue to work and learn as the agenda turned to drafting and passing impactful legislation.

So the campaign staff was extended into the Spencer Frye Fellowship Program. Over 95% of the original staff returned, fulfilling leadership roles within the office, and the program began to grow.

During the first session, it became apparent that the Fellowship was unique and unmatched. No one else in the General Assembly had this pool of young professionals and pupils of various undergrad and graduate programs that was able to provide commitment to constituents and detailed analyses of policy.

The Fellowship Today

The Fellowship Today Currently, the Spencer Frye Fellowship continues to provide an ongoing opportunity for Fellows to actively see their impact in state politics, make a few friends along the way, and have fun while doing it all.

The Fellowship Program usually accepts around 25 students each year who are given the opportunity to grow as young professionals and leaders.

All Fellows

  • Attend weekly meetings to discuss policy and hear from guest speakers
  • Participate in outreach community events to get to know the constituents they are serving
  • Complete Professional Development Training

Legislative Fellows

  • Gain experience conducting research
  • Write bill memos
  • Participate in campaigns
  • Work closely with Representative Frye at the Georgia State Capitol Building during Session
  • Interact with lobbying groups
  • Assist constituents
  • Attend committee meetings

Public Relations Fellows

  • Run social media platforms
  • Create informative graphics
  • Speak to local press outlets
  • Preparing topics for Representative Frye to discuss on his local radio show
  • Report on the day-to-day business of state government on our Blog
  • Work closely with Representative Frye at the Georgia State Capitol Building during Session
  • Assist constituents

Previous fellows emerge from the program equipped with tools that set them apart from other students. Many have moved on to work for top national policy think tanks , congressional offices, top journalists, top news agencies, top consulting firms or attend top tier law and graduate programs.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to cultivate a coalition of aware and active leaders that will use their knowledge to impact our future; not only on a state level, but also on a global scale by bringing local relevance to the national and global community.

How to Become a Fellow

To apply to the Spencer Frye Fellowship Program for Fall 2016, please send your resume and cover letter to fellowship@spencerfrye.com by August 23rd. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Current Fellows

Anna Beth Smith Chief of Staff
Kier Joy Fellowship Director
Kristyn Hicks PR Director
Kunal Goel Director of Legislative Research
Kevin Sweat Legal Advisor
Ishana Ratan Senior Staffer
Tyler Parks Senior Staffer
Nathan Lavender Legislative Fellow
Justin Lewis Legislative Fellow
Abbe Van Gorder Legislative Fellow
Alex Estroff Legislative Fellow
Alanna Pierce Legislative Fellow
Andrew Tyner Legislative Fellow
Annefloor de Groot Legislative Fellow
Autumn Harrell Legislative Fellow
Danielle Climmons Legislative Fellow
Eric Herrera Legislative Fellow
Evan Katz Legislative Fellow
Hannah Weeg PR Fellow
Julia Ricciardulli Legislative Fellow
Lauren Clarke PR Fellow
Rachel Shanklin Legislative Fellow
Tom Gabill Legislative Fellow
Wazir Hossain Legislative Fellow

Fellows in Action

Fellows Participating in Martin Luther King Day of Service

Fellows Participating in Martin Luther King Day of Service

Fellows attending weekly meetings

Fellows attending weekly meetings

Fellows attending the Clarke County Democratic Committee Annual Christmas Party

Fellows attending the Clarke County Democratic Committee Annual Christmas Party

The Legislative Fellowship staff had the honor of meeting UGA SPIA Dean Lindquist to discuss professional opportunities through the university and beyond

The Legislative Fellowship staff had the honor of meeting UGA SPIA Dean Lindquist to discuss professional opportunities through the university and beyond

Fellows working at the Georgia State Capitol

Fellows working at the Georgia State Capitol