Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship Program

Launched in 2016, the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship program immerses talented, emerging leaders from across the country in the work of Cleveland’s public sector, providing them an opportunity to develop their skills, enhance their networks, and jumpstart a career in public service.

The program includes:

  • A 12-month, full-time paid placement at a selected public sector agency in Cleveland, providing meaningful career-related work experience. The fellowship includes a $35,000 salary with health benefits.
  • Participation in a public sector professional development program, facilitated in collaboration with professionals that have expertise in their fields. Professional development consists of a 3-day orientation followed by 2 full-day civic immersion and skill building sessions each month.
  • A small cohort with individualized coaching, supervision and support.
  • Immersion in the rich civic and cultural life of Cleveland, with first-hand opportunities to network and connect with a diverse array of emerging and senior leaders, organizations, and members of the community.

Each Fellow will be matched with a public sector agency with a supportive corporate culture and a commitment to providing opportunities to develop leadership and innovation. In addition to potential placements within local government, selected public service agencies may also include those which provide a range of public goods and services, such as education, healthcare, housing, transportation and water. 2019-20 host sites will be listed once selection is finalized.

Applicants must be:

College graduates who earned their undergraduate degrees between spring 2017 and spring 2019. A wide range of degrees, including liberal arts and those pertaining to more technical and/or specialized areas of study, are welcomed. U.S. citizens, permanent residents or individuals who are eligible to work in the U.S. for the duration of this program. They cannot be a relative of a member of the Cleveland Foundation staff or the foundation’s Board of Directors.

How to apply/additional document instructions:

To apply, visit for more information and complete registration to access the online application. Applications open November 12th, 2018 and close February 4th, 2019.

Required documents: Resume, most recent college transcripts, 1 required letter of recommendation (with 2 letters preferred)