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City Hall Fellows

Have you ever wondered what really goes on inside City Hall?  Questioned why your city chose its policing strategy? Pondered how your tax dollars were being spent? Wished you could decide what potholes got repaired and what roads got re-paved – and how quickly? Developed a new way to help underprivileged children in your community?

City Hall Fellows function as full-time city employees, not as interns, consultants or observers. Fellows participate in a structured, year-long, quasi-academic exploration of how their city functions and why it operates that way, complete with intensive pro bono consulting projects through which Fellows practice policy evaluation and policy-making. Throughout, our Fellows experience how their efforts directly impact their local community.

Fellows are expected to possess the following characteristics: (i) academic achievement, (ii) written and oral communication skills, (iii) leadership potential and ability, (iv) dedication to public service; and (v) an entrepreneurial spirit appropriate for participating in our growing program. While there is no GPA cut-off, the Fellowship is highly competitive. Additionally, preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a strong connection to the city for which they are applying.

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Service


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident
  • Citizen of another country

Program Length:

  • One year


  • March 13 

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG


  • Stipend commensurate to the cost of living in the host city plus health care