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The Willamette Valley Legislative Fellowship, hosted by state Rep. Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis, is now accepting applications for the fall.

The fellowship is geared toward local high school and college students and gives an opportunity to fellows to develop the skills needed to work in the political and policy processes.

Fellows learn from subject matter experts through a guest speaker series. During a previous fellowship, participants also learned how to formulate policy and then competed through a mock public hearing at the Capitol. After the 2016 fellowship, the winning policy was drafted by Rayfield for the 2017 legislative session.

Fellows also learn various political skills related to community organizing and campaigning.

The fellowship allows students to earn college credit while preparing them for legislative or campaign positions.

Applications for the program are open through June 1. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Tony Lapiz at

Details about the fellowship can be found at

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