What are the requirements to apply to the Fellows Program?
Prospective Fellows must have earned an undergraduate degree between May 1, 2013 and June 30, 2018. Specific field of study is not a requirement to be a Fellow.
Is the Fellows Program an internship?
No, definitely not. The Fellows program is full-time professional work for 11 months as an employee of the City and County of San Francisco.
How many Fellows are selected?
The final number and departments of Fellows is determined during the San Francisco budget process in June of each fiscal year. In Fiscal Year 2017-18, there are 18 Fellows. We anticipate the same number in the next cohort.
Which departments do Fellows work in?
Final participating departments will not be known until orientation. In Fiscal Year 2017-18, participating departments are the Mayor’s Office, Controller’s Office, SF Public Utilities Commission, SF Municipal Transportation Agency, Recreation and Park, SF Public Library, San Francisco International Airport, Public Works, Port of San Francisco, Children, Youth & Their Families, and Emergency Management.
Will I get a choice of what department I will work in?
Department placements are determined during Fellows orientation in August. Fellows and supervisors meet during orientation to discuss each Department's needs and the Fellows' interests. The City will determine what department you will work in for the program, based on the needs of the department, your skills, interests, and fit, with the department.
What if I have finished my degree requirements but am studying abroad and won’t have my undergraduate degree conferred until after June 2018?
Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree between May 1, 2013 and June 30, 2018. For example, if you have completed all required coursework and would have been eligible to graduate in May or June 2018, but instead are first participating in a study abroad program, you would not be eligible to apply to the program this year. There are no exceptions to this.
What is the compensation?
Fellows are full-time City employees. For Fiscal Year 2017-18, the annualized compensation is approximately $55,000, plus health and dental benefits, retirement and other benefits.
Can I take time off during the Fellowship?
Fellows are expected to work full time, and like all City employees must request approval for time off from their supervisors. Fellows receive up to 11 paid observed holidays, four paid floating holidays are available after six months. Per SF City Charter, paid vacation days are not available until after 12 months of continuous full-time employment. Unpaid days off may be available at the discretion of department placement supervisors.
Can I attend graduate school during non-business hours while a Fellow?
No. In order to focus on their work experience in the program, Fellows may not attend graduate school during the course of the Fellowship.
If I am relocating from another state or City, can the program assist with my relocation expenses?
No, the City does not provide relocation assistance.
Will the San Francisco Fellows Program sponsor a work visa for me?
The City and County of San Francisco does not sponsor visas. If you have an F1 student visa, the City will not sponsor the “optional practical training” requirement through work as a Fellow in the San Francisco Fellows program, so an F1 visa therefore does not demonstrate eligibility to work as an employee of the City and County of San Francisco. All Fellows must be able to demonstrate that they are legally able to work in the United States without visa sponsorship by the employer.
Can I apply if I graduated college more than five years ago?
No, this program is geared toward recent college graduates. In order to be eligible, applicants must have graduated college within the last five years, between May 1, 2013 and June 30, 2018.
What if I have a Master's Degree?
A Master's Degree is welcome, and many past Fellows have had a Master’s Degree, but it is not a requirement of the program. The minimum requirement of the program is that the undergraduate degree was earned within the past 5 years, between May 1, 2013 and June 30, 2018.
Are you looking for a specific grade point average?
Generally Fellows have high grade point averages, but also a wide range of areas of study, experience, and interests. The program does not require a particular grade point average.
Does my major in college impact my eligibility?
No. Fellows have studied in a wide range of areas.
What if my undergraduate degree is not from an American institution?
Your undergraduate degree must have been earned from an accredited school. If it is not an American institution or from an accredited school, your degree may still be acceptable. Please see the following information about verification of education requirements: http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements
I never had a full time job before - am I qualified?
Prior work experience is not required. Cohorts have a diverse of experiences in and out of the classroom. For many Fellows, this program was their first full-time work experience.
Who should I ask to write my two references?
Particular types of references are not required. Other than that references from family members, including extended family, are excluded, you are open to select anyone you would like to provide references. You may wish to choose individuals who may be able to speak to the kind of work you will do as a Fellow.
Will my application be accepted as complete if my references are not sent in by the application deadline?
Unfortunately, no, your application must be complete along with all required documents and references submitted by the application deadline for you to be considered for the program. Please be sure to reach out to your references to confirm they have submitted the online reference form to the program. We strongly recommend that you do this, as our staff will not be able to confirm whether your references were submitted prior to the application deadline.
Can family members provide references?
No, family members may not provide references, including extended family.
Can my resume be longer than 1 page?
Due to the volume of applications we receive, and in order to review the applications as fairly as possible, we ask that all resumes be no longer than a single page. Submitted resumes longer than 1 page will render the entire application incomplete, and the application may not be reviewed.
Does my transcript need to be sealed?
No, an official and/or sealed transcript sent directly to the City will not be necessary at the time of application. An unofficial transcript such as the type you download yourself is acceptable at the time of application. If you are selected as a finalist and to go through the City's pre-employment vetting process, your official transcript confirming your undergraduate degree will be a requirement to continue in the process.
This is such a competitive program; is it even worth applying?
Yes, it is worth it! This program is a unique opportunity to work in local government and gain hands-on experience while being part of a dynamic cohort of peers. Fellows receive a thorough introduction to San Francisco government, develop critical workplace skills while receiving full pay and benefits.
I am not from and/or do not live in the San Francisco area. Am I still welcome to apply?
Yes, you are welcome to apply even if you are not from here or do not live here now. You will see on the application that we ask applicants to explain their connection to San Francisco.
One or both of the people who will be providing my letters of recommendation are not available until after the application deadline. Can these recommendations be submitted after I submit everything else required in the application?
No, letters of recommendations are an important part of the application. Applications without the recommendations submitted will be deemed incomplete.
What happens after the Fellowship is over?
Fellows are encouraged to apply for and continue employment with the City. During the Fellowship, guidance regarding future City employment beyond the program is provided.
What if I have more questions?
Please feel free to contact the San Francisco Department of Human Resources, at DHR-SanFranciscoFellows@sfgov.org. If you have questions, we strongly recommend you reach out well before the application deadline. Depending on the number of questions we may not be able to respond to all inquiries.