Frequently Asked Questions

Clinton-Orfalea-Brittingham Fellowship

Who is the ideal candidate for the Clinton-Orfalea-Brittingham Fellowship program?

The ideal candidate is highly motivated and high achieving, demonstrates excellent communication skills, and maintains a commitment to social justice and the desire to pursue a long-term career in public service. Candidates should exhibit skills of interest to the Clinton Foundation (e.g., policy analysis, research, data analysis, strategy, program or project management, etc.) and be able to speak to prior professional experiences utilizing those skills. Additionally, a successful candidate will have deep subject knowledge relevant to one or more initiatives at the Clinton Foundation. Though foreign language mastery is not required, the Selection Committee will pay special attention to candidates who can communicate in French, Spanish, and/or other languages spoken in regions of interest to the Clinton Foundation.

What benefits come with being a Clinton-Orfalea-Brittingham Fellow?

In addition to the once-in-a-lifetime professional opportunity and exposure afforded by the Fellowship, Fellows receive:

  • A $55,000 living stipend from the Orfalea and Brittingham foundations
  • Health benefits from The Clinton Foundation
  • $1,000 towards professional development
  • Invitation to regular social and professional cohort-based opportunities, including Staff activities and Speaker sessions
  • A formal Point of Contact (POC) in their department
  • 3 month verbal evaluation with Program Director and Initiative POC
  • 6 month written evaluation with Program Director and Initiative POC
  • The opportunity to meet with individuals in senior management in order to better understand the structure and organization of the Clinton Foundation

Which degree programs at USC send graduates to this program?

Graduating students and recent alumni of all master’s degree programs at the Price School of Public Policy; the MBA, MBA.PM, and MSSE degree programs at the Marshall School of Business; and the JD degree program at the Gould School of Law are eligible to apply.

Who is considered “recent alumni” of the Marshall, Gould, and Price schools?

Students who graduated within one year prior to the start date of the Fellowship may apply. For example, students who graduated in May 2014 and those who will graduate in May 2015 are eligible to apply for the 2015-2016 Fellowship.

Can international students apply?

While international students are welcome to apply, The Clinton Foundation does not guarantee visa sponsorship.

How does the selection process work?

Complete written applications are due to school representatives in late January. Semifinalist candidates will be invited to a panel interview on USC’s campus with representatives from The Clinton Foundation, The Orfalea Foundation, The Brittingham Family Foundation, the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Price School of Public Policy, and the USC Gould School of Law in mid-February. Finalist candidates will be flown to New York to interview with Clinton Foundation staff in mid-March. Offers of employment will be made in early April.

If I am selected to interview, will my travel expenses to New York be covered?

Students selected to interview in NY will receive reimbursement for up to $1,000 in travel expenses.

Do I have to relocate to NY to participate in the Fellowship?

All Fellowship positions take place in Clinton Foundation offices in Manhattan. In extremely rare and specific occasions, Fellows may be posted in offices elsewhere, including oversees locations where work of the Clinton Foundation takes place.

When does the Fellowship year begin and when does it end?

Fellows typically begin work in New York in June, July, or August and complete their Fellowship experience 10-12 months later, depending on the department in which they are engaged.