Democracy Summer Fellowships

Smiling participants in Democracy Summer Fellowships

Activate your civic right to strengthen American democracy! 

Through ILR Buffalo Co-Lab’s Careers in Public Service initiative, be a part of the inaugural Working on Democracy: Buffalo Summer Fellowships with NYS Legislators this year. This is a rare opportunity to see how change is made up-close with key NYS legislators. Participants include Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Assembly Member Sean Ryan and Senator Tim Kennedy. These paid summer fellowships will allow students to explore innovative policy development around criminal justice and drug policy, public transportation, immigration and voting rights, and workforce development. Fellows will be in Buffalo from June 3 – July 26 with opportunities to travel to Albany as well. 

Summer 2019 Project Descriptions (PDF, 621 KB)

The deadline to apply for summer 2019 is now closed. For information on summer 2020 please check back this fall.

Questions? Contact Megan Connelly at or (716) 852-4193