Paragon Fellowship

For governments

bold ideas for a better future.

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How we help

Paragon is a tech policy fellowship that connects local governments with a team of talented students from local colleges and universities to conduct in-depth research on a tech policy issue. Our fellows are passionate about public service and are eager to make a difference in their community.

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What we provide

In-Depth Research

On average, our fellows contribute 500-700 hours of dedicated policy research on every project. Our fellows go through an in-house bootcamp which prepares students with the necessary policy research and writing skills to work on real government issues.

Local Expertise

We recruit a team of 6-8 talented students from colleges & universities in your area to contribute their tech policy expertise on an issue you have. Although we intentionally work with students from a diverse group of schools, these students share a common trait: they want to make their government better.

Government Visibility

Increase visibility among local students interested in pursuing a career in public service, fostering a stronger connection between your government and the next generation of policy leaders.

Project Selection

We don't settle for surface-level insights. Our fellows commit to working closely with you over 3-4 months to uncover core issues and develop substantive solutions. The end product is a brief that includes meaningful, long-term policy recommendations.

Forms of Policy Research

  • Case study
  • Landscape analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Capacity assessment
  • Data analysis
  • Policy reccomendations

Project Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrable impact in helping state and local governments wrestle with a salient issue
  • Clear vision for who and what this work will eventually inform
  • Sufficiently deep issue area that is feasible within our timeline and scope of expertise
  • Nonpartisan issue

Our Impact

Spring 2024 Cohort

50 fellows

27 universities

22 states

Hours of Volunteered Service

2500+ total hours of volunteer work

Government Partnerships

4 city governments

1 state government

Project Topics

Generative AI, Language Access, Tech Procurement etc.

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