What is a fellowship?

A fellowship is a full-time, limited-term position open to individuals who have obtained a postgraduate degree. Fellows lead or provide support on a variety of high-level, complex projects for different County departments. Fellows also receive a wide variety of professional development and networking opportunities designed to help each participant grow as a local government leader. The San Mateo County Management Fellowship Program is ideal for recent graduates who want to gain in-depth working experience, learn about local government, and become future public sector leaders.

How long do fellowships last?

Fellowships last between 2 and 3 years, depending on the nature of the assignment.

When do fellowships start?

The Management Fellowship cohort typically begins in June or July, depending on the schedules of both the fellow and the host department(s).

What is the salary and benefits package of a fellow?

Fellows will receive a competitive salary, which is dependent upon the complexity of their assignment. In addition, fellows will receive full health benefits (including dental), vacation leave sick leave, and a defined contribution retirement plan.

Why should I apply for a fellowship?
  • Unique opportunity for individuals to come in and make an immediate impact on the organization.

  • First-hand view into local government work within various departments

  • Experience in managing complex, high-level projects

  • Mentoring from passionate and innovative government practitioners

  • Experience in critical areas that develop report writing, research, presentation, and analytical skills

  • Potential for career advancement within the County

Will a fellowship guarantee me future permanent employment with San Mateo County?

While participating in a fellowship will not guarantee you future permanent employment with the County, fellows will be in good position to move into available permanent positions upon completion of their assignment.

For County Departments: How can I request a Fellow?

Please download, then fill out the Interest Form below and return to the Fellowship Program Coordinator at CountyFellowships@smcgov.org.