Professional Advancement Fellowship

In the summer of 2014, Students For Liberty launched an exciting new initiative to support pro-liberty student leaders and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in liberty. SFL’s Professional Advancement Fellowship is a rigorous program designed for students and recent graduates who have both a primary understanding of the ideas of liberty and an intermediate to advanced skill level in areas such as leadership, writing, and research. The program offers a chance to develop advanced knowledge of libertarian political theory and practice, while developing a valuable network and professional skills, plus an understanding of pro-liberty career paths in management, policy, or academia. For any questions, please contact Fellowship Manager Clint Townsend at ctownsend@studentsforliberty.org.

Check back soon for information on the 2015 Fellowship.


Fellowship Details

  • Summer of 2014
  • Three-day opening seminar in Washington, D.C.
  • Start date: Monday, June 2nd, 2014
  • Ten to twelve week summer semester internship at DC-based non-profit organization
  • Weekly lectures in leadership, public speaking, management, plus intellectual and media training
  • Career development workshops with a special focus on cover letters and résumés as well as interactive interview training
  • $2000 stipend and limited number of travel scholarships
  • Undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students from all countries and studying in all majors are eligible
  • Application deadline is Friday, January 31st, 2014

Placement Organizations

SFL partners with reputable pro-liberty internship programs in order to provide fellows with ten weeks of substantive, hands-on experience. Top-quality applicants have the opportunity to be placed at organizations in roles tailored to their interests and skill sets, in areas such as policy, development, operations, academic research, and student outreach. Currently, SFL is partnering with the following organizations and others will be added on a rolling basis.

  • Atlas Network
  • Cato Institute
  • Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Freedom to Marry
  • National Taxpayers Union Foundation
  • Reason Magazine
  • Students for a Sensible Drug Policy
  • Students For Liberty
  • Tax Foundation
  • And more!

Lectures, Training, and Retreats

The fellowship begins with a three day opening retreat that will cover various topics of management, communications, operations, research (policy or academic research assistant), and leadership. Outside of working with their placement organization, fellows will have 1-2 weekly evening lectures and workshops focused on topics such as leadership, public speaking, management, and robust intellectual and media training. Furthermore, writing and publishing will be an important component of the program, and fellows will undergo training by SFL’s Young Voices initiative to improve their writing skills and boost their chance of publication. To ensure that fellows practice writing, each participant will submit two op-eds throughout the program. Fellows will be encouraged to submit their articles for publication to reputable media outlets. The program will also include professional training such as mock media and job interviews, as well as résumé and cover letter writing. Moreover, fellows will have a summer-long conceptual project that will apply what they have learned. At the closing retreat, fellows will apply their training by presenting the results of their summer projects and will receive feedback from SFL staff and top leaders of liberty in academia and think tanks.

Meet the 2014 Fellows

Ana-Shea Fann is a Fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. She is from Muskegon, Michigan. She currently attends school at Troy University as an Economics Major and is a North American Executive Board member in Alabama for Students For Liberty. She’s lived all over the United States, and greatly enjoys traveling. Her economic passion is the study of culture and commerce in both historical and present settings. She can be contacted at anasheafann@yahoo.com.

Matthew LaCorte is a Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He is an undergraduate student at Hofstra University in New York studying political science and economics. He was first exposed to the ideas of liberty at an Institute for Humane Studies seminar in high-school. He is a former intern of the Cato Institute and the Foundation for Free Enterprise. La Corte now serves as Co-Chairman of the North American Executive Board at Students For Liberty where he helps craft strategy and programming. He has appeared on the John Stossel show and has been published in Forbes, Newsday, The Boston Herald, and The Daily Caller. He can be contacted at mlacorte@studentsforliberty.org.

Tuck Kennedy is a Fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a rising junior studying mathematical decision sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He became involved in the liberty movement during the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign, and developed a strong passion for health and entitlement policy reform. Tuck currently serves as a Campus Coordinator for Students For Liberty, as well as the Treasurer and Meetings Coordinator for the UNC Young Americans for Liberty chapter. He is currently pursuing associateship in the Society of Actuaries. Tuck can be reached at tkennedy@studentsforliberty.org.

John Breedan is a Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He is currently a senior at West Virginia University studying economics and philosophy. He is the founder of the WVU Students for Liberty Club and the president of the Economics Club at WVU. He has spent the past year acting as a Campus Coordinator for Students For Liberty and will serve on the North American Executive Board during coming academic year. He can be reached at jbreedan@studentsforliberty.org.

Shannon Salzman is a Fellow at the Tax Foundation. She is a rising junior at Salem College where she is majoring in both History and Political Science with a focus on International Relations and is a member of the College Honors program. Born in Richmond, VA, Shannon was raised to accept the importance of understanding your personal connection with the world and doing for others, which she believes plays a part in the importance that politics and liberty have in her life today. Shannon strives to be very invested in all that she does. She is currently serving as a Member of the North American Executive Board of Students For Liberty, President of the Salem College Young Americans for Liberty chapter, Resident Assistant of the Honors Residence Hall, and Head Delegate of the Model United Nations Club. Shannon can be reached at ssalzman@studentsforliberty.org.

Gannon LeBlanc is a Fellow at Students For Liberty. He attends Eastern Michigan University where he is double majoring in economics and mathematics. He got his start learning about liberty from a FEE seminar in the summer of 2012. There he met David Clement who convinced him to become a Campus Coordinator for Students For Liberty. During his time as a CC, he attended several conferences, and coordinated multiple van and bus trips to places like Chicago, Toronto, and DC. He also started five new liberty groups in Michigan. As of February 2014, Gannon joined the North American Executive Board where he currently serves. He can be reached at gleblanc@studentsforliberty.org.

Derek Rousseau is a Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He is a currently a third year at the University of California, San Diego studying Political Science.  Derek first became interested in libertarianism and libertarian philosophy late in high school and later sought out a liberty group on campus during his second year of college.  Prominent libertarian thinkers such as Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, and Jeffrey Tucker helped introduce many libertarian topics and ideas.  Derek is an officer in the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UCSD as well as a Campus Coordinator for Students For Liberty.  He will be joining SFL’s North American Executive Board in May. He can be reached at drousseau@studentsforliberty.org.

Suzanne Schaefer is a Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance. She began working with Students For Liberty as a Campus Coordinator in 2013, and recently joined SFL’s inaugural Professional Advancement Fellowship as an intern for the Drug Policy Alliance. Outside of SFL, Suzanne has been involved with Young Americans for Liberty as the Director of Communications for the Indiana University chapter, and is now the Executive Director. She has also interned at the Englehart Group in Indianapolis where she worked on projects for the Advocates for Self Government. Suzanne is an undergraduate at Indiana University pursing degrees in political science, international studies, and French, with a minor in Spanish. She can be reached at sschaefer@studentsforliberty.org.

Emily Rhorick is a Fellow at Students For Liberty. She is an undergraduate at the College of Charleston where she is pursuing degrees in economics and finance.  She is interested in the way that government regulation can negatively affect the market as well as infringe on individual liberties.  Emily began her interest in the ideas of liberty when she was in high school learning about the Constitution and its applications in her We the People class.  She was introduced to the student movement for liberty and Students For Liberty during her freshman year of college and became a SFL Campus Coordinator her sophomore year. She can be reached at erhorick@studentsforliberty.org

John Knetemann is a Fellow at Students For Liberty. He currently attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he studies interdisciplinary sciences for pre-law and pre-public policy. He has been interested in the liberty movement since he was a freshman in high school, and slowly became more and more involved in the movement. Since beginning his involvement in the liberty movement, he has joined the North American Executive Board for Students For Liberty, been an active member in Young Americans for Liberty, and founded the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology College Libertarians. John also has plans to work in the liberty-movement as a career after graduation. He can be reached at jknetemann@studentsforliberty.org.

Ty Hicks is a Fellow at Students For Liberty. He currently serves as Michigan State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty. In his two semesters with YAL, Ty has created five YAL chapters and oversees all others in Michigan. Ty is the founding President of three pro-liberty organizations at Central Michigan University: University Libertarians, a Young Americans for Liberty chapter, and a Liberty in North Korea rescue team. Ty is an alumni of an Institute for Humane Studies Summer Seminars and a top graduate from the Leadership Institute Youth Leadership School. Ty is currently a sophomore at Central Michigan University pursuing a degree in Political Science, Philosophy, and American Sign Language. He can be reached at thicks@studentsforliberty.org.