State Policy Network

Generation Liberty Fellowship

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

About the Program

Do you want to advance your career while working on state-based policy solutions that will create real and lasting positive change for American families, workers, and communities? Explore new career paths, establish connections within the free-market network, and broaden your skillset through the Generation Liberty Fellowship Program.

The competitive Generation Liberty Fellowship Program provides young professionals with travel, lodging, and a stipend to participate in State Policy Network’s 27th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, on October 29–November 1, 2019. 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 representing state-based and state-focused organizations gather at SPN’s Annual Meeting to be inspired, discover and develop new strategies, and network.

This program is open to applicants between the ages of 21-30 years old who have 0-5 years of work experience. As a participant, you will learn about the policy solutions that are empowering workers, families, and communities and harness new skills from a range of professional disciplines, including leadership, operations, communications, fundraising, policy, and government affairs. And, you will get to meet and learn from executive leaders and senior-level professionals representing a variety of states, organizations, and disciplines.


To be eligible, an applicant must:

Be over 21 years old, and under 30 years old, by October 7, 2019.

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.

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 at an SPN affiliate or associate organization.

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.

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!

The Generation Liberty Fellowship includes:

  • Travel to attend the conference, arranged by SPN staff.
  • Double- or triple-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.

SPN will coordinate transportation and room reservations for all participants. Selected participants’ travel arrangements must be booked and confirmed with SPN’s travel coordinator by a specified deadline. If travel plans are not made on or before that deadline, space may be awarded to another applicant. Participants must fulfill basic participation requirements (described below) to receive stipend.

Those selected for the program agree to attend GLF-specific program and training on Monday and Tuesday; 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.