The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

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In the spirit of Pedro Zamora’s work to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, AIDS Action offers a public policy fellowship in his name. The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking experience in public policy and government affairs focused on HIV/AIDS issues.


  • Assisting in researching a variety of public health and civil rights issues related to HIV prevention, treatment and care
  • Attending Congressional hearings and coalition meetings
  • Monitoring voting records
  • Reviewing the federal register and Congressional Record
  • Preparation of briefing materials, correspondence, and mailings
  • General office administration


Candidates need strong research, writing and organizational skills and willingness to work in a professional office. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment is critical. Familiarity with HIV-related issues and the legislative processes is preferred. Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply. Fellows must commit to working a minimum of 30 hours per week for 8 weeks. The maximum period is 26 weeks. People of color, women and HIV-positive individuals are encouraged to apply.

The fellowships include a stipend and are highly competitive. Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer terms. The following application deadlines and notification dates apply:

Apply by:
Notified by:
November 1st
December 15th
March 15th
April 30th
July 15th
August 30th

Those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted via phone to set up an interview time. Interviews may take place in person or via the telephone (if the applicant is not in the Washington, DC area). Those who are not selected for the fellowship will be notified by regular mail.


Completed applications must include: a cover letter indicating areas of interest, resume, three to four page writing sample and an essay answering the following questions. The essay should not exceed five pages.

  1. Describe your participation in any school or extracurricular activities related to HIV and AIDS (i.e. peer prevention programs, volunteer activities, etc.).
  2. Describe your participation in any school, work, or extracurricular activities related to advocacy (lobbying, political campaigns, etc.).
  3. Why would you be the best candidate for the Pedro Zamora Fellowship (i.e. What do you bring to the organization?)?
  4. How would you use the skills you acquire from this fellowship?
  5. What time period -- spring , summer, or fall and length of time available

E-mail completed applications to (MS Word and Adobe Acrobat file attachments only). Applications may also be mailed to:

Coordinator, Pedro Zamora Fellowship Program
AIDS Action
1906 Sunderland Place, NW
Washington, DC 20036


Contact the fellowship coordinator via e-mail at or call 202-830-5030 ext. 3040.

AIDS Action

1906 Sunderland Place NW

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 530-8030
Fax: (202) 530-8031
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