State Policy Network

Generation Liberty Fellowship

Explore new career paths, establish connections within the free-market network, and broaden your skill set

About the Program

Do you want to advance your career while making a difference in the lives of American families, workers, and communities? Do you want to deepen your knowledge of certain policy issues and how to advance for solutions in your state? Do you want to learn new tips and techniques you can use personally and professionally?

Expand your knowledge and skill sets, explore new career paths, and establish connections within the free-market Network through the Generation Liberty Fellowship.

The competitive Generation Liberty Fellowship provides young professionals with a stipend to join State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting. SPN’s Annual Meeting is the premier gathering of organizations and people dedicated to promoting state policy solutions that strengthen communities and improve the lives of Americans. Each year, over 1,300 attendees gather at SPN’s Annual Meeting to be inspired, discover and develop new strategies, and network. As a part of the program, all fellows will receive additional opportunities and participate in special pre-conference sessions.

Enjoy Annual Meeting where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Access the wisdom of 1,300 people: policy and professional specialists from 325+ organizations, top-notch speakers, and many industry experts.
  • Grow your network and strengthen relationships with like-minded peers and leaders from across the nation. Join smaller groups of like-minded freedom-lovers to refine your professional strategies and encourage each other.
  • Hear from policy experts, business and nonprofit leaders, authors, and other industry leaders on a variety of interesting topics. Pick from sessions on topics ranging from specific policy issues to effective leadership, outreach, and communications.
  • Learn how to articulate complicated policy issues in a way that resonates with others. Hear the policy solutions that are empowering workers, families, and communities.
  • Harness new skills from a range of professional disciplines, including leadership, operations, communications, fundraising, policy, and government affairs.
  • Enjoy networking meet-ups.
  • Celebrate victories and have fun!

In addition to these benefits of attending the SPN Annual Meeting, you will:

  • Participate in programming specifically designed for Generation Liberty Fellows.
  • Meet and learn from executive leaders and senior-level professionals representing a variety of states, organizations, and disciplines.
  • Network and build relationships with the other fellows from across the United States.
  • Hone professional skills, such as time management techniques and communication strategy, to be more effective at work and better position yourself for advancement in your career.
  • Develop specific tools to apply to your current role, so you can be a more effective advocate for freedom.

Applications for the 2021 Generation Liberty Fellowship will open later this year.

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The Generation Liberty Fellowship includes:

  • Travel to attend the conference, arranged by SPN staff
  • Double-occupancy lodging (room and tax only)
  • Registration for the Annual Meeting, which includes meals and receptions.
  • GLF specific program sessions and training.
  • A small stipend for incidentals.

Those selected for the program agree to attend GLF-specific program and training; pre-selected Annual Meeting program sessions; all program meals while at the event; and a closing session. All participants must also complete a post-event survey.

Claire Aguda, Major Gifts Coordinator at Intercollegiate Studies Institute and 2016 Generation Liberty Fellow

What I enjoyed most about participating in the GLF program is meeting people who are taking free market ideals and are putting them into action. I also met like-minded young professionals, and gained valuable professional development skills. I felt very encouraged by SPN leadership and the GLF program as I'm starting my career in the policy world. This is a wonderful opportunity to delve into policy issues, and meet people with similar values who are trying to make a difference.

Jamie Bennett, Vice President at Potomac Strategy Group and 2016 Generation Liberty Fellow

Still new to this movement, SPN gave me an introduction to the scope of influence we, as state think tanks, have. I learned about the various media groups, foundations, and previously mysterious acronyms involved in the liberty and free-market movement. I left with a renewed inspiration in the movement and confidence in my current abilities, as well as my weaknesses that can be made stronger...GLF gave me the environment to connect with other liberty-minded people my age, providing me with a community of friends and a network I’m confident I will use for the rest of my career.

Catherine Rodriguez, Charles Koch Institute and 2014 Generation Liberty Fellow

Attending SPN Annual Meeting as a Generation Liberty Fellow was really a life-changing and career-changing event for me. It was incredible to hear from so many excellent speakers and participate in helpful GLF sessions. I met so many great liberty-advancing individuals that I would otherwise not have connected with. I was also able to connect with the individual who would eventually bring me on full time to a new job opportunity! I look forward to attending many more Annual Meetings in the future!

To be eligible, an applicant must:

Be over 21 years old, and under 30 years old, by the start of the conference.

Have 0-5 years of work experience in policy or nonprofit sector.

Demonstrate an interest in working for or collaborating with SPN affiliate organizations located across the country, and express an interest in a career advancing policies that will lead to a stronger economy and a freer society.

Must attend all of the conference, if accepted into the fellowship. Complete details provided with fellowship offer.

Special Considerations

Applicants will be given special consideration if they are:

A young professional who has recently graduated or completed a professional degree.

Have never attended an Annual Meeting (either as a GLF participant or general attendee).

A former employee or a current or former intern of an SPN affiliate or associate organization.

A current or former Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow (KSFP). An active member or alum of Adam Smith Society, America’s Future Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Bastiat Society, Benjamin Rush Society, Charles Koch Institute, Federalist Society, Foundation for Economic Education, The Franklin Center, The Fund for American Studies, Heritage Foundation, Independent Institute, Intercollegiate Studies Institute/Collegiate Network, Institute for Humane Studies, Leadership Institute, Liberty on the Rocks, Mercatus Center, Network of Enlightened Women, Student Free Press Association, Students for Liberty, TurningPointUSA, Young America’s Foundation, or Young Americans for Liberty.


Applications for the 2021 Generation Liberty Fellowship will open later this year.

GLF Alumni Scholarships

Are you looking to reconnect with free-market state think tank leaders? Is your current employer not planning to attend or send a representative to the State Policy Network Annual Meeting? Are you looking to grow your network and look for new opportunities in the SPN community? If so, we encourage you to apply for a Generation Liberty Fellow Alumni Scholarship. Scholarships are available to help defray the cost for GLF Alumni to attend the Annual Meeting who otherwise would not be able to participate.

This opportunity is open to all alumni of the Generation Liberty Fellowship Program. The application for the 2021 Annual Meeting Alumni Scholarship will open later this year.

Please contact Heather Pfitzenmaier at if you have any questions.

Contact SPN

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Heather Pfitzenmaier