Apply to the Meridian Institute Ruckelshaus Fellowship

The Meridian Institute Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for early-career professionals to contribute to Meridian’s mission to help people collaborate to solve complex problems, make informed decisions, and implement solutions that improve lives, the environment, and the economy.

Please note: The application deadline for the Ruckelshaus Fellowship Program has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications. The 2021 application cycle will open in November 2020.

About the Position

The Ruckelshaus Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position in Meridian’s Dillon, CO or Washington, DC offices. Fellows are engaged in varied and highly complex issues, learn about multi-party collaborative problem solving from experienced facilitators, and work directly with leaders from diverse sectors and interest groups. Fellows who are selected will begin work in June 2020.

Meridian Fellows typically work on several project teams focused on various topics over the course of their time at Meridian. Projects range from one-month efforts focused on facilitating a single meeting to multi-year projects where Meridian oversees the development, design, and implementation of an ongoing collaborative initiative. Fellows provide research, writing, and other types of support for projects including:

  • Actively engaging as members of dynamic teams focused on designing and facilitating collaborative processes;
  • Taking detailed notes for internal and external teleconferences and meetings, documenting the range of perspectives, capturing key points and next steps, and drafting meeting summaries.
  • Tracking news and public policy developments, and researching a variety of topics relevant to our work;
  • Interviewing or otherwise engaging participants in Meridian processes, including leaders of the private, non-profit, and government sectors;
  • Designing, conducting and analyzing qualitative desk research and surveys to draft reports and inform strategy and collaborative process design;
  • Assisting in the preparation of meeting materials and agendas, summaries, press releases, and other communications;
  • Planning, attending (sometimes providing logistical support), and documenting domestic and/or international meetings;
  • Managing data and maintaining spreadsheets, including grant tracking spreadsheets and contact databases;
  • Providing some types of administrative support for Meridian projects, including but not limited to maintaining and creating websites and list serves and drafting emails; and
  • Supporting meetings in a variety of ways by assisting with room setup and clean up, greeting guests, catering setup and clean up, making coffee, and washing dishes as needed.

Applicants will be asked to upload the following materials as part of their application:

  1. Cover Letter – 1 page
    Drawing from your personal, professional, and academic experiences, please explain how you hope to contribute to Meridian as a Fellow and what you hope to gain from this opportunity.
  2. Essay – 1 page
    Meridian works on a variety of social and environmental policy issues including agriculture & food systems, climate change, environment & natural resources, forests, health, oceans & coasts, resilience, science & technology, and water. Briefly describe a critical public policy issue facing society today and suggest how a collaborative process could be effective in helping address that issue. If applicable, include details about which parties should be engaged and what challenges might be faced in trying to bring them together.
  3. Resume – 1 page
    Detail relevant education, training, experiences, and accomplishments.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the application process can be found here. Please direct any additional questions about the Fellowship to Jennifer Brassanini (

Equal Opportunity Employment

Meridian recognizes that our work is made stronger and more impactful by the contributions of diverse groups from around the world. At Meridian, we welcome people from all backgrounds and do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, creed, class, ancestry, or other grounds.

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