<h2>Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Governor\u2019s Fellows Program.<\/h2>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\nSince 1982, the Governor\u2019s Fellows Program has offered young Virginians firsthand state government experience at the highest level of the executive branch. Each fellow is placed with a member of the Governor\u2019s Cabinet or with a member of his personal staff, providing an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the work and decision-making in the Office of the Governor.\r\n\r\n\u201cEach summer, the Governor\u2019s Fellows Program gives participants a unique glimpse into the administration of state government and an opportunity to gain practical experience that they can carry forward,\u201d said Gov. Ralph Northam. \u201cNot only do these exceptional young students represent the next generation of Virginia leaders, they bring new energy and valuable perspectives to our office.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Governor\u2019s Fellows Program is a rare experience, and for me was once in a lifetime,\u201d said Cainan Townsend, a Prince Edward School Board member and a 2016 Governor\u2019s Fellow under the McAuliffe administration. \u201cIt was an opportunity to gain exposure to our state government from interactions with, cabinet secretaries, state agencies, to the Governor himself. I credit much of my success to my participation in the program.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn addition, Governor\u2019s fellows learn from special guest speakers from the administration and go on site visits to state government agencies.\r\n\r\nQualified applicants must be rising college seniors, graduating seniors, or graduate students. All Virginia college and university students are eligible to apply, regardless of state of residence. Virginia residents who attend out-of-state colleges and universities are also eligible. Both public and private college and university students are encouraged to apply.\r\n\r\nThe selection of Fellows is based solely on merit. The Fellows Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, disability, or veteran status.\r\n\r\nThe deadline to apply for the Governor\u2019s Fellows Program is Friday, March 15, 2019.