The Work First Fellowship is open to enrolled and recent graduate students who are interested in the intersection of poverty, policy, politics and business. Fellows spend one year in New York City or Washington, D.C. working one-on-one with individuals living below the poverty level. Fellows work specifically on issues of human capital development and training. Work First Fellows also participate in a group research project on the current contextualized literacy program with HRA of New York. Work First Fellows are paid $35,000 over the course of 12 months. At the end of the fellowship, students are eligible to earn a $5,000 research reward.