The City of Chicago is strongly committed to improving public services for its citizens.
Attaining this goal requires the hard work and dedication of qualified public service professionals. Recruiting highly qualified graduate level students, from universities across the country, has proven to be one of the best ways to attain this goal.
The Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program attracts bright, highly motivated individuals, gives them a broad overview of municipal government and provides a unique, “hands-on” experience. Fellows participate in budgetary, legislative, and programmatic areas of city government and work directly with Mayor’s Office staff. Mayoral Fellows are afforded an unparalleled opportunity to learn about public service and policy-making by directly contributing to the executive office of the City of Chicago.
Through the Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program, you may accomplish the following:
Nature of the Program
The City of Chicago Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program offers fellowships to students interested in learning about City government and public policy. The program provides an in-depth view of how City government operates. Fellows will have the opportunity to:
The Mayor’s Office encourages graduate students from all disciplines to apply. While there are no preferences to specific graduate fields or majors, the program seeks candidates who are enthusiastic to learn about city government and have demonstrated a substantial commitment to excellence as evidenced by academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and involvement in community or public service. You must be a currently enrolled student at the time of employment in order to be eligible.
International students must have an F-1 Student Visa and must be a full-time student. International students are required to have a social security number/card which states “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION.” The college or university can assist international students with obtaining authorization.
Students who are Deferred Action Recipients are eligible 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 on this link: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/deferred_action.pdf.”
(DHS = Department of Homeland Security).
Prospective Fellows must complete a two-step application process.
STEP 1: 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 general information as well as an OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT and LETTER OF ENROLLMENT from the school that they are currently attending. For graduate students in their first year of study who have not yet received grades, an official dated letter of acceptance to your current school AND a current class schedule will be accepted in place of an official transcript. Step 1 of the application process will close at 11:59:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.Start Application here.
Applications will be screened for eligibility and qualifications. Applicants will be selected for interviews. ONLY the applicants who are selected for interviews will move on to STEP 2 of the application process.
STEP 2: Applicants selected for the interview process will be required to submit required supplemental documents directly to the Mayor’s Office POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, December 4, 2015. The required documents are:
ONLY APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR THE INTERVIEW PROCESS MUST SUBMIT THESE DOCUMENTS.
APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR THE INTERVIEW PROCESS WHO FAIL TO SUBMIT ALL OF THESE DOCUMENTS FOR WHATEVER REASON, WILL DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES FROM THE FELLOWSHIP SELECTION PROCESS.
Documents should be sent to:
Office of the Mayor
City of Chicago
121 North LaSalle Street, Room 406
Chicago, Illinois 60602