CBCF Announces STEAM Fellowship Partnership with the Entertainment Software Association

New Opportunities for Professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics

February 25, 2021      

Dr. Erica Southerland

WASHINGTON—The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) today announced its partnership with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) in launching a new STEAM fellowship. This 12‐month policy training and leadership development program is open to early‐career policy professionals who are committed to advancing and expanding their knowledge in public policy issues. Applications are open now and will be accepted through April 30.

The STEAM Fellow will have the opportunity to work in the office of a CBC Member in addition to serving on a congressional committee to gain exposure to U.S. policy debates. Throughout the year, the STEAM Fellow will have the opportunity to attend leadership development seminars, complete a community service project, participate in policy forums and produce policy papers.

“The CBCF Congressional Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of Congress and policymaking through fellowship placement in the Senate, House of Representatives and other select offices,” said CBCF President and CEO, Tonya Veasey. “We are excited to partner with the ESA to support emerging leaders influencing the future at the intersection of STEM, the arts and public policy.”

Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate or professional degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), and/or Intellectual Property or Copyright Law. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in the intersection of STEAM and public policy and a commitment to creating opportunities for people of color in STEAM-related fields.

“Partnering with the CBCF on this new STEAM public policy fellowship provides an essential learning opportunity as technological innovations, including video games, grow ever more important in our everyday lives,” ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said. “Society benefits when more people from diverse backgrounds have access to, and experience in, the development of smart, 21st century public policies.”

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About the CBCF

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit

About the ESA

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) serves as the voice and advocate for the U.S. video game industry and offers a wide range of services to its member companies, including conducting business and consumer research; providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues; managing a global content protection program; owning and operating E3; and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, visit the ESA’s website or follow the ESA on Twitter @theESA.

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