Governor’s Fellows Program Hosted by LSU Public Administration Institute

Photo of students with Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards

Governor's Fellows with First Lady Donna Edwards and Governor John Bel Edwards Photo from the Louisiana Governor's Office

October 2, 2018

BATON ROUGE – The Public Administration Institute, part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, hosted the inaugural Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government this summer. PAI director Jared Llorens supervised the program's academic components.

Sponsored by Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, LSU, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the program allowed college students to experience public policy in action, learn the rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government and earn three hours of academic credit through LSU PAI. Students received housing and a stipend funded by philanthropic donations.

“Interning in the public sector or completing a fellowship helps students build a network and gives them a significant advantage in the job market,” said Llorens. “Unfortunately, many qualified students have to turn down these learning opportunities because they cannot afford to relocate and cover basic expenses, especially if they are not able to secure a paid internship. Since the Fellows program provides on campus housing, a stipend and tuition waiver, this program is more inclusive than many similarly structured programs.”

Fellows learned from public policy practitioners, nonprofit leaders, as well as statewide and local elected officials. Each was assigned to a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge.

“I’m thrilled to have these students join us and inspired by their excitement for Louisiana and learning how they can be of service in moving our state to the next level,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The ten students selected as fellows represent LSU, Louisiana Tech, Southern University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Tulane University. The group included undergraduates and PhD candidates. The Office of the Governor's website contains a full list of fellows.

About the Public Administration Institute
The Public Administration Institute at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers a 45-hour degree program that emphasizes management and financial skills for those leading public agencies, nonprofit, and health care organizations and for-profit organizations that interact with governmental agencies. PAI’s faculty members are student-oriented and nationally recognized for their expertise in their fields. For more information, visit lsu.edu/business/pai or call 225-578-6743.

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