An alumnus of Columbia College, Charles Stam studied political science and history. During his senior year, Charles Stam was nominated by the chairman of the school’s political science department to join the Endowed Presidential Fellows Program at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
Established more than four decades ago, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress fellowship program provides collegiate students the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., to learn about governance and share personal research discoveries. Furthermore, the program is a vehicle to build skills and experience necessary for excelling in political careers.
Each year, a maximum of 75 undergraduate students are invited to join the program. The students are nominated by their respective colleges and universities for their academic excellence and enthusiastic commitment to the political field. Upon acceptance into the program, the students have the opportunity to see public policymaking and the United States administration in action. In addition, the Presidential Fellows travel to the nation’s capitol twice a year to attend conferences and learn from political leaders and authorities, such as former members of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and the acting director of the Congressional Budget Office.