Interacting with my fellowship mentor was fantastic--in fact, I still am in contact with her today--and probably was the best aspect. You get to really see, "behind the scenes", what working in the public sector is like. Your mentor really spends time to understand what career you see for yourself, and how the Court can provide the training you need to improve your resume. The specifically cater assignments and tasks to your ideal career trajectory, enabling you to really move forward. Additionally, the Capital Fellows program really spends time thinking about where to place accepted fellows, given their talents. I felt like they really took note of my disposition and my skills, and placed me in the right location.
There really isn't much that I did not like. The only thing that may be difficult for some students is that this really isn't an internship--it is a fellowship. And as such, you suddenly become an adult. You are charged with greater responsiblities, people expect much more from you, etc.
Advice to Potential Interns
This fellowship is not just for applicants who are thinking about a career in public service. To be frank, not all of the fellows actually do (even though most do). This fellowship is for someone who has a creative career goal and feels that exposure to public policy, law, and government would really enable them to achieve said goals. If you are fast-thinking, have a high GPA and great work experience, and are ready to apply your skills dynamically in unique settings then this is for you.
Sample Interview Questions
Why are you interested in public service, and how is your background a testament to this interest?
What skills do you think you can bring as a fellow?
What do you know about government functions and courtroom management?
Advice to Management
The fellowship already provides extensive training and course credit to fellows. However, it would be even more amazing if they allows for reimbursement of, or provided resources for, fellows who want certain certifications (e.g. paralegal, event planning, accounting, etc.). This would boost the already high hiring rate of former fellows.