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Apply to be an NLC Fellow

Thank you for your interest in becoming a New Leaders Council, Sacramento fellow! Applications are closed for 2018. We invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get up to date information on the next recruitment period. For those who are interested in applying in the future, read on to learn about what we are looking for in an NLC Sacramento fellow!

In addition to the resources provided on our national webpage, the following provides essential information on the fellowship time commitment, what we are looking for in a fellow and the internal recruitment process in Sacramento. We recommend reading this entire page, especially the Ideal Candidate Profile, before beginning and submitting your application.

If you have any questions or would like to meet with a past fellow or board member, please email

If you would like to nominate a young leader to be an NLC Fellow, fill out the form here.

Apply to be an NLC Sacramento Fellow here and select "Sacramento" as the chapter.

Each applicant may apply to only one chapter. The application fee is $35. After the application fee is paid, you will receive information on how to complete the written portion. 


NLC Sacramento '16 Alumna Nikita Koraddi

NLC Sacramento's Mission

The New Leaders Council Sacramento cultivates leaders – we find talented and passionate young professionals, reinforce their leadership and management skills and connect them to a strong support network of fellow community and political change makers. We have politicos, non-profit leaders, educators, lawyers, administrators, techies, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, engineers and more. Regardless of our backgrounds, NLC Fellows and Alumni are committed to improving the quality of life in their own communities.


Time Commitment:

Fellows have to commit to one weekend per month for five months in which each Fellow, along with 15-20 of their peers, participates in trainings on topics from messaging to finance to political management. Potential fellows are expected to attend all institute sessions, complete a capstone project, and be involved in the NLC activities throughout their fellowship. 



Past NLC Sacramento classes have heard from luminaries like L.A. Times bureau chief & political reporter John Myers. 


Benefits of the NLC Fellowship:

  • Training Institute: 1 full weekend a month for 6 months Jan-Jun; 2017-2018 fellowship weekend dates:

Jan 20/21

Feb 10/11

Mar 17/18

Apr 14/15

May 19/20

June 23/24

  • Capstone project: This is the end of the fellowship to improve yourself or community

  • Mentorship pairing: past mentors have included mayoral candidates, community leaders, and managers in public, private and non-profit sectors

  • Fundraiser: NLC classes pay-it-forward by fundraising for the next class

  • Access to national and local professional network and training 


Ideal Candidate Profile:

In looking to build a diverse class with a multiplicity of identities, an ideal candidate for the New Leaders Council Fellowship exhibits many of the following characteristics:

  • Identifies as progressive: dedicated to equity and social justice

  • Civically engaged: has fought for a community cause, structural or systematic change

  • Inclusionary, open-minded: ability to respect the diverse opinions and perspectives of others

  • Leadership experience or potential: has demonstrated leadership through work and/or volunteer experience

  • Entrepreneurial spirit: having the desire to take risks to pursue opportunity

  • Effective team member: a team orientation, confidence, and humility—being the type of person who supports others

  • Initiative, drive, passion: demonstrated strong work ethic

  • Resilience and adaptability: ability to work through personal or professional setbacks, hardship, or failure

  • Strong desire to be a fellow: introspective on how NLC can help them grow and what they can give to NLC

  • Mid-career professional: with a minimum of 3 years of work experience

NLC is dedicated to the inclusivity of all ethnicities, religions, gender identities, and lived experiences. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.


#NLCFamily isn't just about learning the skills necessary to help one day run for office, or start a non-profit. It's about sharing and growing with a group of Sacramento's fellow progressive leaders. It's about finding community.

Application Process

There are two phases to the application process: resume and essay review, followed by interviews. We encourage all applicants to put thoughtful consideration into their essays and resume, as each one is carefully reviewed.

Board members recuse themselves from grading the essay and resume of, or interviewing, applicants they already know. Essays and resumes are then graded blindly. Applicants are graded based on the qualities outlined in the ideal candidate profile. The top scoring applicants are then invited to be interviewed by board members. Once interviews take place, the board meets to select the next NLC Sacramento Fellows class.



1. Does the NLC fellowship cost money?

There is an application fee of $35. A deposit of $200 is required upon acceptance into the fellowship, the check to NLC will only be cashed if the fellow does not graduate (absent from institute, drops out, etc.) or they choose to donate it to NLC.

2. I applied before and didn’t get in, should I apply again?

Absolutely, we strongly encourage re-applicants. Pay special attention to the criteria above and be sure to communicate your values through your essay questions.



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