Legislative Fellows Program

The Northern Nevada International Center hosts Fellows through the U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program. During their time in Reno, the Fellows attend professional meetings to learn about the U.S. political structure, completed internships directly related to their fields of interests, are home hosted by American families, and experience American cultural events. In the past fellows have completed internships at the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, Washoe Legal Services; the Children's Cabinet, and Healthy Communities Coalition and Community Chest.  Fellows also visit Lake Tahoe and San Francisco as a group.

 Click here for a link to the Nevada Today article about Mr. Salman Ahmad's experience at the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Fellows Ms. Alina Mehmood CHAUDRY, Mr. Nabeel AHMED, Mr. Muhammad Bakhtiar KHAN​ Pose in front of Pyramid Lake

Information about the program:

The Legislative Fellows Program is a two-way exchange program for professionals and young leaders from India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the U.S. The program goal is to promote mutual understanding and establish networks among mid-level professionals in the U.S. and South and Central Asia. It is managed by World Learning, one of the premier exchange organizations in Washington D.C. and includes a one-month U.S. experiential program in May/June, to be repeated in October/November, for Asian participants that includes fellowships, interactive seminars, site visits, and synthesis discussions.

The U.S. program begins with an orientation in Washington, D.C., focusing on the structure of the U.S. government, the legislative process and the role of civil society. Following is a three-week fellowship in several U.S. cities, which includes professional assignments, seminars, homestays, and civic engagement. Participants then return to Washington, D.C., for the concluding Professional Fellows' Congress, which includes workshops, debriefs and meetings with US government officials, and a final evaluation.

For more information contact Dr. Carina Black at 775.784.7515 or at cblack@unr.edu.