SF Fellows 2019-2020

Notice: Update of Program Status 07/09/2020

Due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Francisco Fellows Program has been suspended for FY2020-2021. We expect to be sufficiently recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic to resume the Program in FY2021-2022.

Please continuously check our website for program updates. If you are interested in being notified when the next application period opens, please fill out this form SF Fellows Program – Application Alert.

The mission of the San Francisco Fellows program is to foster community stewardship by preparing recent college graduates and young professionals for roles in public service and administration.

The Fellows program is a unique opportunity to learn about public administration in local government while working full time as a City employee. Competitively selected applicants will join a cohort of up to 18 Fellows for an 11.5-month full-time work experience as City employees. Fellows will earn an annualized salary of approximately $59,000, plus health, dental, retirement and other benefits.

Fellows work on various programs and projects that have a direct impact on City operations which spans a broad range of City functions and departments, involving analysis, planning, and program development.

Fellows are placed in various departments throughout the City. This year’s cohorts are in the following departments:

  • Children, Youth, and Their Families
  • Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing
  • Department of Human Resources
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Public Works
  • Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)
  • Office of Assessor Recorder
  • Office of the Controller
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Recreation & Parks Department
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • San Francisco Public Library

In addition to gaining valuable full-time professional work experience and skills such as leadership, communication, technical skills and other professional development, the cohort experience includes weekly learning sessions built into the Fellows' work schedule to provide a well-rounded, thorough introduction to San Francisco government operations, policies and strategies.

Fellows are paired with mentors, seasoned leaders in San Francisco government who support the Fellows and provide advice, guidance and networking opportunities for professional development.

We invite people who have had an undergraduate degree conferred within the past 5 years (May 1, 2015 and June 30, 2020) to apply for this highly selective program. Specific areas of study are not required. We are looking for enthusiastic, creative, hard-working individuals who are interested in working in the public sector in the City and County of San Francisco.