Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship
When: January 17 to May 26, 2017
Where: Washington, DC
Who's eligible: Humanity in Action Senior Fellows and 2016 Fellows; Scottish, Israeli, Hungarian and Roma students or recent graduates of a university or graduate school
Each year, Humanity in Action and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice bring together a group of outstanding students and young professionals from around the world for four-month professional fellowships at the United States Congress.
Fellows work in the offices of a United States Representative or Congressional Committee for four days a week. In these roles, Fellows take part in a mix of administrative and substantial, policy-based work. They also spend one day per week attending an educational program that includes seminars, lectures and site visits. During the program, Fellows explore a variety of topics concerning contemporary policies and politics from leading policy experts in Washington, DC.
More than 100 young leaders have participated in the fellowship since its inception in 2001. Some notable Lantos Fellows include:
- Marietje Schaake: Marietje is a member of the European Parliament (MEP) representing The Netherlands.
- Oliver Skov: Oliver serves as US Correspondent at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
- Jesper Pederson: Jesper serves as a Partner at Rasmussen Public Affairs. He credits the start of his career to the Lantos Fellowship.
The program is named in honor of both the late Tom Lantos – a former Congressman, Holocaust survivor and human rights champion – and his wife Annette. A special position in the program, the Jane Haining Humanitarian Fellow, is named in honor of Jane Haining, a Scottish missionary whose work led to her death during the Second World War.