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Empower by Navigator: Black Youth Public Affairs Fellowship

Addressing under-representation in public affairs through access and opportunity


Empower by Navigator is the brand behind the Black Youth Public Affairs Fellowship — an experiential learning program that aims to break down barriers preventing Black students from pursuing a career in public affairs.

The program provides students with an opportunity to explore a career in public affairs through an eight-week certificate-based program.

The Fellowship will also provide students with the opportunity to network with leading Canadian public affairs professionals.

The Black Youth Public Affairs Fellowship is one of many Black-led initiatives Navigator is undertaking to increase diversity in our industry while creating an environment that is both inclusive and welcoming to members of the Black community.

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The Black Youth Public Affairs Fellowship is an Empower by Navigator program that will equip Black students with the skills and exposure needed to start and advance a career in public affairs.

Our eight-week program, led by Navigator’s public affairs experts, will offer Black students an in-depth look into careers in public affairs with a focus on communications, public opinion research, reputation management, government relations and public affairs campaigns.

To offer continued support to Black students who are interested in pursuing a career in public affairs, the fellowship will support fellows job search and provide networking opportunities.

Candidate Requirements

Students that meet the following eligibility criteria are welcome to apply for the Black Youth Public Affairs Fellowship at Navigator:

  • Must be in the last year of a 4-year bachelor’s degree or a current graduate school student. Applications from graduate students that completed their program in 2021 will also be accepted;
  • Must identify as a Black student;
  • Interest in understanding public affairs and communications;
  • Completed course work in political science, public policy, communications, journalism, or any other relevant field; and
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

How to apply

To apply for the Black Youth Public Affairs Fellowship:

  1. Review the eligibility requirements
  2. Submit a copy of your Cover Letter and Resume to

The deadline to apply is March 11, 2021.

The fellowship will begin May 2021.