The Committee Apprentice Program (CAP) is designed to develop future leaders within the industry and the NGFA by allowing early-career professionals (ideally between 3 – 7 years’ work experience) to become apprenticed to an NGFA committee. Once appointed, apprentices participate fully in all committee activities, including meetings, conference calls and email exchanges. They are encouraged to learn the committee’s issues thoroughly and to participate actively in discussions.
In addition to participating in their specific committee activities, CAPs attend the NGFA Annual Convention and come to Washington, D.C., for the “CAP DC Experience.” The highlight of the CAP year for many, the DC Experience combines quintessentially Washingtonian activities such as Capitol Hill and foreign embassy visits, during which CAPs advocate for our industry, with the chance to dig deep into their committee’s specific issues with NGFA committee staff liaisons and spend plenty of time to network with fellow CAPs.
The CAP year runs from March Annual Convention to March Annual Convention. A limited number of apprentice positions are available – generally, one to three per committee, based on committee size. Those interested must apply for selection, including completing an application form and sending in a resume and letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current supervisor. The application period begins late each year, with selections made by mid-January.
Committee Apprentice Program Goals
- Provide a way for the NGFA to develop closer linkages at various levels within member companies, with a particular emphasis on involving newer employees who companies identify as having future leadership potential and a promising future in the industry.
- Establish a mechanism for more employees within NGFA-member companies to learn about the wide range of policy issues and programs being addressed by NGFA committees, as well as the committees’ indispensable role within NGFA’s structure.
- Benefit member companies by providing a way to further broaden and develop the expertise of their top new talent – those whom they want to invest in.
- Identify potential new talent to engage at some future point in the NGFA’s committee system.