Policy and Legislative Fellow

Nashville, TN

SCORE’s legislative fellowship provides ambitious, organized young professionals and graduate students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in education policy and legislative work in Tennessee. Fellows will have the opportunity to become part of an advocacy organization that works closely with state legislators and monitors a large portfolio of education legislation filed by the Tennessee General Assembly. The legislative fellow will support SCORE’s policy and government relations team through bill tracking, meeting monitoring, and additional logistic support during legislative session.

Legislative Fellow Activities and Responsibilities

  • Support SCORE’s policy and government relations team in tracking various education bills, with a specific focus on education legislation that impacts student success in K-12 and higher education.
  • Work with SCORE’s Director of Policy to review weekly committee and floor calendars to prioritize legislation impacting student success in Tennessee.
  • Provide logistic support in scheduling meetings with members of the General Assembly.
  • Increase the capacity of SCORE’s policy and government relations team through providing support in developing bill analyses and distributing message sheets among SCORE’s partners.
  • Monitor Tennessee General Assembly committee meetings and floor sessions, as well as regulatory board meetings, to hear important education policy discussions affecting students.
  • Interact with state education leaders from government, business, philanthropy, and education.

SCORE employs one fellow during Tennessee’s legislative session to provide logistic support to the policy and government relations team. The legislative fellow will work at least 20 hours and not more than 30 hours per week, with availability Wednesday evening and Thursday morning a requirement. SCORE’s fellowships are compensated positions but not benefits-eligible. Fellows are also eligible for hybrid work, with some hours performed each week in SCORE’s office at the John Seigenthaler Center, at the Cordell Hull Building State Office Building, and remotely.


Candidates must be strong communicators, with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with an acute attention to organization and detail. Successful candidates for this fellowship have interest in working with a legislative audience. Although not required, previous experience in a government or legislative environment is generally preferred. In addition, potential fellows must be adaptable, comfortable working both individually and as part of a dynamic team and dedicated to meeting project deliverable deadlines. A Bachelor’s degree in education, political science, or a related field is preferred.