Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday a new fellowship program geared at the state's recent graduates, which would place them under the guidance of Tennessee's top leaders.
The nonpartisan program, called the Tennessee Governor's Management Program, is open to applicants who are within two years of graduating from an undergraduate institution or graduate program. Describing the fellowship as "prestigious" and "highly competitive," the governor's office said it planned to select five fellows for the first round of the program.
The fellowships will last two years.
In a news release, Haslam said he hoped the program would give the state's "best and brightest" an opportunity to continue learning while participating in a service role.
"This is a chance to identify and nurture some of our finest recent graduates and team them with executive leadership in state government," Haslam said. "We have many talented potential leaders, and this will help them gain valuable experience that will create many long-term benefits."
Fellows will spend their first six months working on state projects and will then be assigned to one of the state's 22 departments for the remainder of the program. They will also participate in an 18-month leadership development program.
Salaries for fellows will be competitive, according to the release.
To find out more about the fellowship program, click here.
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