SF Fellows 2020-2021

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 20 Fellows for an 11.5-month full-time work experience as City employees. Fellows will earn an annualized salary of approximately $62,000, plus health, dental, retirement and other benefits.

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

Fellows are placed in various departments throughout the City. Past Fellows have been placed in the following departments:

  • Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families
  • Department of Emergency Management
  • 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 Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs
  • Office of the Controller
  • Office of Economic and Workforce Development
  • Port of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Recreation & Parks Department
  • San Francisco Arts Commission
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • San Francisco Public Library

Fellows gain valuable full-time professional work experience and skills such as leadership, communication, technical skills and other professional development. The cohort experience includes regularly-scheduled 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 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, 2017 through June 30, 2022) to apply for this highly selective program. Specific areas of study are not required. The fellowship is designed for individuals with less than five years of professional work experience. We are looking for enthusiastic, creative, hard-working individuals who are interested in long-term careers working in the public sector in the City and County of San Francisco

The applications for the 2022-2023 San Francisco Fellows Program has closed. Please check back in January 2023 for updates. Thank you!