Rutgers Advocacy Corps


The Rutgers Office of Federal Relations is currently recruiting for the Spring 2021 cohort of its signature advocacy education program, the Rutgers Advocacy Corps. Launched in June 2020, this program is available to students from all majors and schools at any of Rutgers’ three campuses. Over the course of the semester, students will participate in policy briefings with senior Rutgers administrators, engage in career panels with distinguished alumni in politics and public policy, and meet with federal policymakers to advocate for higher education policy priorities. To prepare for advocacy meetings, students will undertake policy research and attend dynamic prep sessions, allowing them a glimpse into the world of lobbying and policymaking. Federal financial aid will be the primary area of focus, and Advocacy Corps members could also advocate for policies relating to criminal justice and immigration, among others.


Applicants chosen for the Rutgers Advocacy Corps will attend an orientation and policy briefing, and subsequently, meet with congressional offices and committee staff. In addition to participating in advocacy meetings, Rutgers Advocacy Corps members will have the opportunity to engage with Rutgers alumni working on Capitol Hill and congressional staffers to learn more about careers in public service and policy. The program will be entirely virtual.

The Office of Federal Relations is excited to offer a 1.5 credit course for the Spring 2021 semester. The program will take place throughout the entire semester, and will meet on Wednesdays between 3:20pm and 4:40pm ET, with some additional out-of-class meetings. The course is open only to participants in the Rutgers Advocacy Corps. A special permission number is required and will be provided after selections have been made.

Course Components: The Spring 2021 program will consist of the following components and requirements:

  • Participation in all policy briefings;
  • Participation in at least two career panels;
  • Meeting with Members of Congress and staff to advocate for federal policy; and
  • Two paper assignments (a policy position paper and a reflection paper).

Learning Goals: By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Explore applications of political science to the practice and processes of American politics; and
  • Connect classroom learning with the experience of working in government, politics, or public affairs. 


All Rutgers students interested in politics, policy, and funding for higher education are encouraged to apply, with a preference for those who receive federal financial aid. 


Applications for the Spring 2021 Rutgers Advocacy Corps are now closed. Applications for the Summer 2021 program will be available in the spring. Please monitor our website and social media for updates. If you have any questions, please email Samantha Booth at


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Office of Federal Relations
400 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 351
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-220-1336