Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Fellows Program

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.


Responsibilities of a Public Policy Analyst

A public policy analyst, Charles Stam offers clarity on state government policies. In his position, Charles Stam has analyzed healthcare reform and state ballot initiatives.

Providing valuable insight into government policies, public policy analysts highly impact economic and social reform in the United States. Analysts are responsible for evaluating proposed and existing policies to determine how it will affect the general public as well as the nation as a whole. Reporting these discoveries to government officials and other influential members of the public, an analyst makes it possible for existing issues to be resolved through changes prior to a regulation being passed or amendments to laws.

Furthermore, an analyst is useful for completing a cost-benefit analysis. In this role, he or she will weigh the cost of implementing and executing a program and assess if the goals and results will be profitable. Analysts operate at local, state, and national levels.