About the program

The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MCEF) was founded by conservatives who believe that Michigan should adopt a genuine "All of the Above" energy policy that increases our commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency. MCEF fellows will have the opportunity to learn about Michigan's energy landscape and how conservative energy policies can create jobs, expand our economy, improve national security and responsibly make use of our natural resources. The program will run from July 9 - November 30. During that time, each fellow will choose a topic to research and write about. Fellows will be expected to produce a press release, blog posts, social media content and finally an op-ed suitable for publication. In addition to their independent research, fellows will have the opportunity to meet regularly with the MCEF Leadership Council, join educational meetings with legislators and candidates and participate in grassroots events. The deadline to apply for the program is May 9, 2018. Applicants will be told if they have been accepted into the program or not by May 11, 2018.    


Serving as a fellow with the MCEF really opened my eyes to the importance of energy in Michigan and around the world. This fellowship program also offers great connections with leaders around the state. I cannot recommend the program enough.
— Jake Putala, MCEF Fellowship Class of 2017

eligibility requirements

In order to apply you must be a college student or a young professional currently participating in a young professionals organization. An ideal candidate is a self-starter, clear communicator, excellent writer and eager to learn about Michigan energy policy and share that knowledge with their peers and the public.


Frequently asked questions

Will I be paid for participating in this program?

Yes. Each Fellow will receive a $500 stipend over the course of the program. $100 payments will be issued at the end of each month beginning in July and ending in November.

How many hours a week will I be expected to work?

The time you put into this program will vary from week to week. Most of your research and writing will be conducted independently, but you will have to meet deadlines for written assignments. You will be invited to participate in other meetings and events throughout the program, but you will not have to attend all of them.

Do I have to work from the MCEF office?

No. Most of your work will be conducted from the comfort of your own home. You will be expected to join some meetings which will be held in the House or Senate office buildings and our monthly Leadership Council meeting is held at our office, but you can also call in if you are unable to attend in person.

Who will I be working with?

You will work closely with MCEF Program Administrator Joanna Lewis and our Young Professionals Outreach Coordinator, Chris Pawsat.  


For more information about the MCEF Fellowship Program contact Joanna Lewis at jlewis@micef.org.