Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) hires a recent law or policy school graduate each fall to become a Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for a two-year term, beginning the following fall. Fellows do not create stand-alone projects but instead are fully integrated into BPI’s staff as attorneys and policy analysts.

Fellows receive an annual salary of $59,000 with medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need. The Fellowship term is two years.

After completing their service at BPI, Polikoff-Gautreaux fellows have pursued successful careers in affordable housing law, legal aid, civil rights advocacy, nonprofit leadership, and government.


  • Either a JD or MA/MS in public policy or related field (by Fellowship start)
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in one of BPI’s program areas
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations, constituent groups, government agencies, and civic leaders

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