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The Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program is the premier opportunity for bright, motivated, and civic-minded graduate students from all disciplines to apply their coursework to the greatest municipal laboratory in the world: the City of Chicago. Fellows serve the people of Chicago by supporting policy, legislative, data, communications, and public engagement initiatives within city government. By working hand-in-hand with senior staff in the Office of the Mayor and leaders from various departments and sister agencies throughout the city, Fellows deliver recommendations and implement programs that improve the lives of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents.
Come and join us Summer 2020 for an incredible opportunity to learn more about public service.
Dates of Fellowship: Monday, June 8th, 2020 - Friday, August 21st, 2020
Application Deadline: Monday, November 11th, 2019
By clicking the “Apply Now” button, you will be directed to Taleo, the City of Chicago’s jobs website. Search the keyword “Fellows” to find the application for the 2020 Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program.
The City of Chicago Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program provides an in-depth view of how city government operates. Fellows will have the opportunity to:
Mayoral Fellows will earn $20/hour working full-time for 11 weeks.
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View the 2019 "New Ideas" book generated by the Class of 2019 fellows.
The Chicago Mayor’s Office seeks a well-rounded cohort comprising Fellows with expertise in areas such as public policy, urban planning, public health, law, business, social work, or computer science. Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
International students must have an F1 Student Visa and be a full-time student in order to qualify. You are required to have a social security number/card which states: “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS [Department of Homeland Security] AUTHORIZATION.” The college or university can assist international students with obtaining authorization.
Students who are Deferred Action Recipients are eligible and encouraged to apply. You must provide your Employment Authorization Document at the time of hire. In addition, if you are selected for a Fellowship Position, you must also have a social security card. If you do not have a social security card, you can obtain one by following the instructions here.
Applying to the Summer 2020 Mayor’s Office Fellowship is a two-step process. All prospective fellows must complete Step 1 of the application process. Short-listed fellows will advance to Step 2.
Step 1 (Due Monday, November 11th, 2019): Prospective fellows must complete an initial application screening through the City of Chicago’s Department of Human Resources CAREERS website. Applicants will be asked to provide:
Step 1 of the application process will close on Monday, November 11th, 2019 at 11:59 pm CT. No late applications will be accepted. Applications will be screened for eligibility and qualifications. A short-list of applicants will be selected for interviews and move on to Step 2.
By clicking the “Apply Now” button, you will be directed to Taleo, the City of Chicago’s jobs website. Search the keyword “Fellows” to find the application for the 2019 Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program.
Step 2: Applicants selected for the interview process will be required to provide the following supplemental documents to the Mayor’s Office:
Supplemental documents will be due on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 by 11:59 pm CT. No late materials will be accepted. Supplemental documents should be no more than a maximum of two pages each (four pages total). Documents should be 12-point font and have one-inch margins.
In-Person Interviews: The Mayor's Office will then contact the short-listed applicants to schedule a 30-minute interview with Mayor's Office staff, either at Chicago's City Hall or by telephone.
Notification: Selected Fellows will be notified by late February/early March 2020.
If you have further questions about the Mayor's Office Fellowship Program, contact Margaret Gach at Margaret.Gach@cityofchicago.org or 312.744.5855.