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The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

In the spirit of AIDS activist, educator, and reality-show trailblazer Pedro Zamora’s work to combat the spread of HIV, AIDS United offers a public policy fellowship in his name.  The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking experience in public policy and government affairs focused on HIV/AIDS issues.

Duties include:
  • Assisting in researching a variety of public health and civil rights issues related to HIV prevention, treatment and care
  • Attending Congressional hearings and coalition meetings
  • Monitoring voting records
  • Reviewing the federal register and Congressional Record
  • Preparation of briefing materials, correspondence, and mailings

Candidates should have strong research, writing and organizational skills and willingness to work in a professional office.  Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment is critical.  Familiarity with HIV-related issues and the legislative processes is preferred.  Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply.  Fellows must commit to working a minimum of 30 hours per week for 8 weeks.  The maximum period is 26 weeks.  All people including people of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and HIV positive individuals are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or have secured the necessary visa for authorized work in the U.S. prior to application.  Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. required prior to final acceptance.  

The fellowship includes a living stipend and is highly competitive.  Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer terms.  The following application deadlines and notification dates apply:
  Apply by:
Notified by: 
Spring  October 15th November 15th
Summer March 15th April 15th
Fall July 15th August 15th

Those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted via e-mail to set up an interview time.  Interviews may take place in person or via the telephone (if the applicant is not in the Washington, DC, area).  Those who are not selected for the fellowship will be notified by e-mail.


Completed applications must include: a cover letter indicating areas of interest, resume, three to four page writing sample and an essay answering the following questions.  The essay should not exceed three pages.
  1. Describe your participation in any school or extracurricular activities related to HIV/AIDS (peer prevention programs, volunteer activities, etc.).
  2. Describe your participation in any school, work, or extracurricular activities related to advocacy (lobbying, political campaigns, etc.).
  3. Why would you be the best candidate for the Pedro Zamora Fellowship?
  4. How would you use the skills you acquire from this fellowship?
  5. Indicate the time period you are applying for (spring , summer, or fall) and number of weeks you are available.
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Contact the Fellowship Coordinator via e-mail at

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