As so many of our area's young people prepare to finish college in a few months, I wanted to take time to make these scholars aware of a unique and exciting opportunity. For more than forty years, the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) has been offering college graduates the chance to enter a career in government through their Legislative Fellowship program. Each year, the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) awards 24 legislative fellowships to college graduates in the form of a 13-month paid professional program. Those who are selected are placed in a variety of positions within the Ohio General Assembly. Many are chosen to work in either the Republican or Democrat Caucus of the House or Senate, while a few are assigned to LSC's research and fiscal departments. Graduates with an expertise in telecommunications are also selected and placed at the Ohio Channel and assist in capturing the day-to-day events at the Statehouse. Since the program's inception in 1963, fellows have gone onto successful careers both in and out of government. While many have ventured into the private sector or sought out professional degrees, many LSC alums have gone on to serve as legislative aides, lobbyists, legislators and congressmen. Even Ohio's current governor, John Kasich, began his life of service through the LSC Fellowship program. Each day, fellows are relied on to assist in researching important policy proposals, speechwriting, staffing committees, and communicating with constituents back in the district. Throughout their fellowship year, participants attend a series of seminars and events that are designed to provide a thorough understanding of state government and how it affects Ohio's residents. The LSC Fellowship Program is a wonderful opportunity for anybody hoping to learn more about state government or enter a career in public service. Though the fellowship is a full-time job, it is also an educational experience and fellows are given the chance to impact the many issues that face our state on a daily basis. For more information on the application process, visit The deadline to apply is April 1, and all applications should be mailed to Ohio Legislative Service Commission, Fellowship Coordinator, Vern Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Ninth Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6136. And always remember that your state government works for you. I have long held that it is the people who know best, and I want your ideas. Serving as your state senator is an important responsibility and I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at (614) 644-7718, via email at or by writing me, State Senator John Eklund, One Capitol Square, First Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.
Senator Eklund represents the 18th Senate District which contains Geauga and Lake Counties and a portion of Cuyahoga County. He resides in Munson Township with his wife, Meg.
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