Undergraduate Fellows

Take on the greatest challenges of our time


The Eisenhower Institute Undergraduate Fellows program offers a select group of Gettysburg College students the chance to develop their leadership skills and grow in their knowledge and understanding of public policy. Under the guidance of Prof. Patturaja Selvaraj, the Harold G. Evans Professor of Eisenhower Leadership Studies, they are responsible for developing and promoting a public policy theme with programming in both Gettysburg and Washington, D.C.

The 2022-23 theme for the Undergraduate Fellows program is The Future of Work: Labor Policy and the Post-COVID Economy. The COVID-19 pandemic had a deep and lasting impact on wage laborers - workers who earn their living by selling their labor. Already facing employment insecurity and poor working conditions, these workers endured layoffs, rightsizing, and wage freezes during the pandemic, all of which have a direct affect on their livelihoods, especially those of women and people of color. Over the course of the year, the Fellows will study what can be done to build a stronger workforce and a more equitable economy.

Opportunities experienced by past Undergraduate Fellows have included:

  • Attending a luncheon with the White House Fellows
  • Meeting with prize-winning authors and journalists, as well as senior executives in the Department of State, Department of Defense, and the National Security Council.
  • Hosting a Cabinet Member of the European Union Commissioner for Security Union for a lecture in D.C.
  • Moderating an on-campus discussion about environmental justice between an economist at the Environmental Protection Agency and an activist with Greenpeace

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