State accepting fellowship applications

Staff report

COLUMBUS — State Representative Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Township) announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2017.

“The LSC Fellowship Program is an excellent way to truly learn about state government while having hands-on input regarding legislation affecting Ohioans,” Sears said.

Legislative fellow duties include assisting members of the Ohio General Assembly with constituent work, writing press releases and speeches, assisting in legislative research, attending meetings, and performing administrative duties. Telecommunications fellows assist in televising Ohio House and Senate proceedings and in preparing educational video productions about the General Assembly and the legislative process.

Fellows receive full State of Ohio employee benefits and are paid $31,200 annually, with the opportunity to earn a $2,000 bonus upon completion of the program.

Tyler Bagdasarian, a current fellow assisting in Sears’ office, said, “The fellowship program is a fantastic way to learn about how state government works and how it affects the citizens of our state. I have had the opportunity to learn about several different departments and see how legislating is actually done.”

Legislative fellowship applications must be postmarked by April 1 to be considered for the program. The application deadline for the two telecommunications positions is April 30. All applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree program by the December start date. Persons holding graduate or professional degrees may also apply.

The legislative fellowship program is open to graduates of all major fields of study who have a genuine interest in learning about state government, and no political experience is required. The two telecommunications fellows must have majored or minored in a telecommunications-related field of study or have comparable experience.

For more information or for an application and instructions, contact the fellowship coordinator at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission at 614-466-3615 or by visiting

Staff report