urban league of greater san francisco bay area

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Bay Area Urban League County and Municipal Fellows Program


About the Program

As a comprehensive career development and executive leadership opportunity, the Municipal Fellows Program is designed to harness and inspire the next generation of California public leaders. The 3-month long program allows Fellows to gain critical insight into city-level government, and develop key skills necessary to thrive while also training fellows to confront the systemic inequitable systems policy makers face regularly.  

We are seeking solution-driven, early career professionals with a passion for making a difference in their community to join our program, and learn first-hand the complexities and challenges of governing in the nation’s most populated state. 

Fellows are exposed to renowned leaders from the public and private sectors, are given real world tasks, and given direct responsibilities of implementing and developing policy across our state. Additionally, you will have a hand in creating your own experience with your mentor, as you learn to develop the skill sets necessary for you to create change within a city government.

Fellows are accepted into the 3-month long program during the spring of each year. Please note the deadline to apply is May 31, 2021 at 11:59PM PST!

Program Benefits

All Fellows will receive direct placement with a city government office and/or official for three months. In this time, Fellows will assist elected officials and staff with a broad range of public policy issues and projects, and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.


Fellows will also receive a $3,000 stipend, payable in 3 monthly installments of  $1,000/month.

Placement Opportunities

Fellows will have the opportunity to work in the following cities (list is not exhaustive):

  • City of Oakland

  • City and County of San Francisco

  • City of East Palo Alto

  • City of Richmond

  • City of Antioch

Application Information

Applicant Minimum Qualifications
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older by January 1st of the Fellowship year.

  • Proof of High School Graduation, College transcripts, or GED

  • Demonstrated interest in public service and public policy

  • Applicants must be prepared to attend all program activities – dedicating approximately 20/hrs/week.

Application & Selection Process

​All applications must include the following materials: 

  • Completed online application with the following criteria:

    • Video or Statement (250 word maximum) introducing yourself and telling us what you are most passionate about

    • Statement (250 word maximum) answering “How would this experience be meaningful to you? How would it help you achieve your professional goals?"

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation. 

  • 1 Reference (can be contact information for one of the recommenders above)

  • Upload Transcripts from the most recent degree (College, High School, etc.)

Contact Information

Please contact info@bayareaurbanleague.org with the subject "Municipal Fellows Program Inquiry" for any questions regarding the application or program.