President's Leadership Fellows Program (PLFP)



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Now entering our tenth year, Career & Leadership Development’s signature student program, the President’s Leadership Fellows Program (PLFP) began in Fall 2014 with the generous support of the Eustace Kwan Family Foundation. The pilot program started in the College of Business with 25 students. The number of Fellows accepted to the program increased to 50 students in Spring 2015, and to 100 students each semester thereafter. With the full support of President Wong and campus leadership, the program expanded to accept 200 applicants from across various colleges, including graduate students. As of Fall 2023, over 1,900 students have completed the Fellows program. 


The President's Leadership Fellows Program provides students with the skills necessary to excel in the job market after graduating. PLFP functions as a crash course in career development, including a series of workshops focused on resume writing, interview skills, and networking. Students accepted into PLFP will get the opportunity to meet new people from across the SFSU community and improve their knowledge of leadership and mentorship. Fellows will learn to recognize and articulate their own expertise through networking exercises, self-exploration activities, and tutorials of digital career platforms including Handshake, BigInterview, GatorConnect, and VMOCK! Everybody who completes our program will receive a Certificate of Completion and join our growing Leadership Development ecosystem and network!


  • Learn to articulate your value in an elevator pitch!  
  • Enhance your problem solving and critical thinking skills, develop holistically as a leader 

  • Network with peers and consultants! Expand your SFSU circle and prepare for graduation! Meet students outside of your major 

  • Expand and leverage your skills and confidence to gain competitive edge in your desired field 

  • Familiarize yourself with SFSU career platforms such as Handshake, VMOCK and BigInterview  

  • A Leader Development Certificate upon completion of the program to add value to your resume and professional background!


The Fellows Program is open to currently enrolled full time junior-level, senior-level, and graduate-level students.  Attendance at all sessions is a strict requirement of the program in order to receive the Certificate of Completion. 

  • The President's Leadership Fellows Program (PLFP) consists of 7 sessions. The cohort will meet on select Wednesdays from 12:15PM – 1:45PM IN-PERSON in Rosa Parks A-C, Cesar Chavez Student Center.  

  • Attendance is a requirement of our program. Please only apply if it works with your class schedule.  

Applicants will be selected into the program and notified of their acceptance the days following our application deadline (Friday, September 27, 2024). Students accepted into the program will be notified via SFSU e-mail, Handshake, and cell phone if a number is provided in the application.

Fall 2024 PLFP Schedule: 

Each workshop is 12:15-1:45pm

October 2nd: Orientation & Identifying Your Career Competencies   

October 9th:  TBD

October 16th: TBD

October 23rd:  TBD

October 30th:  TBD

November 6th:  TBD

November 13th: Certificate Ceremony & Your Next Steps  

  • Who is eligible to apply to PLFP?  

    • All full-time juniors, seniors & graduate students are welcomed to participate in the program regardless of major or college.  

  • I just transferred, am I eligible to apply to the program?  

    • Yes, transfer students coming into their junior year are eligible to participate in the PLFP program!  

  • Are there any requirements to apply?  

    • Yes, you must be available each week for the entire programmed time that the program is scheduled to meet (Wednesdays from 12:15PM to 1:45PM!) 

  • Do I have to pay to be in the program?  

    • No, this program is free of cost and open to all students.  

  • Do I need experience beforehand to join?  

    • No professional experience is necessary to join. All are welcome regardless of background or career goals!   

  • Can I participate in PLFP remotely through Zoom?  

    • As of Fall 2023, we are committing to keeping PLFP fully IN-PERSON with no remote alternative. We understand that not everybody is available at these times, but believe the networking and face to face elements of our program are necessary for our students.  

  • Where will the meetings/workshops be held?  

    • Meetings and workshops will be conducted in-person in Rosa Parks A-C in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Please note attendance is a mandatory requirement for completion of our program. Only consider applying if it works with your class and work schedule! 

  • Do I need to bring anything with me to the meetings?  

    •  An open mind, positive attitude and a notebook and pen since there will be a lot of valuable information! For certain workshops, we may ask students to use their phones or computers to access platforms such as LinkedIn, Handshake, and VMOCK but will notify people ahead of time!


Applications will be sent to all currently enrolled junior, senior, and graduate level students via their SF State campus email (ends with or!).  

Application Deadline: September 27, 2024

Questions? Please contact: 

Kylie Schneider 
Student Engagement & Leadership Programs Coordinator