Apply for Flinn-Brown

The application and interview process for Flinn-Brown is highly competitive, each year selecting about 25 Arizonans representing diverse political perspectives, career fields, and regions of Arizona. The most competitive applicants demonstrate willingness to strive, risk, and cooperate to lead in Arizona’s state government and respond to statewide issues.

The 2023 Flinn-Brown Academy application will open on February 1, 2023. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2023.  

It is never too early to start thinking about your 2023 application or further into the future. Learn more about the Flinn-Brown Academy, check out the FAQs page for more information about the upcoming application process and desired candidate qualities, and see who makes up the more than 400-person Flinn-Brown Network by viewing the directory of Flinn-Brown Fellows.

The application

The most recent application included four essay prompts regarding the applicant’s civic-leadership experience, approach to a policy issue, civic-leadership goals and thoughts on today’s political climate. Applicants also submitted two letters of endorsement, a current resume and a 20-second introductory video regarding their interest in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. In addition, applicants are required to confirm their ability to attend all Academy sessions, and candidates who qualify for an interview must submit an employer approval form completed by the candidate’s employer.  

Competitive applicants

The most competitive applicants are clearly willing to strive, risk, and cooperate to lead in Arizona’s state government and respond to statewide issues. All applicants must reside in Arizona.

Flinn-Brown looks for Arizonans who are savvy and self-aware, with:

  • A passion to be a long-term player in state government and state and community leadership circles;
  • Broad contributions to a career field or interest area;
  • Sustained community involvement and a public profile;
  • An established career path;
  • A deep curiosity about people and issues;
  • The time—and personal and professional capacity—to take on a new challenge now;
  • High ethical standards, commitment to civility, and a keen interest in working with people from different perspectives;
  • The desire to work to attain or advance to state-level leadership in the next few years.

For more information about the 2023 application process, contact Jennifer Papworth.

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