Management Fellowship Program

Last updated Sep. 20, 2017 - 12:10 pm

To ensure that the City of Raleigh continues to be one of the most-livable, fastest-growing cities in the country, the City has established a Management Fellowship Program. On an annual basis, the Management Fellowship Program will provide a select fellow a flexible, rewarding, and challenging opportunity to advance their career in the field of local government.

For program questions, contact Stephanie Olson with the City Manager’s Office by e-mail For personnel or application-related questions, contact the Human Resources Department at 919-996-3315.

Fellowship Description

The Management Fellowship Program provides talented professionals the opportunity to learn about city operations, enhance management skills, play a key role in a myriad of high-priority city projects, and contribute to the organization at the executive leadership level. In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience, the program offers Fellows the opportunity to receive coaching and mentoring from the City Manager, Assistant City Managers, and other seasoned professionals in the organization.

The Fellow will work with their supervising Assistant City Manager to tailor the structure of the fellowship. Potential options include rotational assignments with the City Manager’s office and other city departments; project-based assignments; or, a combination of both.

Highlighted Projects

Common projects and tasks the Management Fellow will carry out include:

  • Performing research and policy analysis on high-level issues of concern for the organization
  • Reporting research findings to the City Manager or other executive staff and elected officials in writing and in person
  • Drafting citizen and employee communications
  • Participating in the City budget and/or strategic planning process
  • Attending City Council, Committee, and Executive Team meetings
  • Tracking follow-up items for City Council Meetings
  • Planning and coordinating various meetings and events, such as the annual City Council and Management Team retreats
  • Reviewing, updating, and implementing department operations policies and procedures.

Examples of projects previous fellows have worked on include the following:

  • Assisting staff in updating the City’s policy concerning the use of city vehicles for personal use
  • Analyzing methods for establishing a living wage policy
  • Managing the City's innovation projects


  • The Management Fellow will receive a salary commensurate with experience as well as benefits
  • Successful fellows are highly recruited by city departments to fill available city jobs (though a city job after the internship is not guaranteed)
  • Opportunities to participate in ride-alongs and tours of interest

Application Information


A master's degree in public administration/management, public policy, public affairs, or related fields or the completion of all coursework towards a master's degree by June 2017.

How to Apply

The application period for the 2017-18 Management Fellowship has closed. Application information for the 2018-2019 Management Fellowship application will be posted in fall 2017.

Selection Process

Applicants will be evaluated based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to public service, communication skills, initiative, creativity, and positive attitude.

Select candidates will be invited to participate in in-person interviews. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified in early March 2017. The interview process will take place in late March, with the chosen candidates notified within 7-14 days following the interviews. The expected start date for the qualified candidate is no later than early July 2017.

About Raleigh

The City of Raleigh, founded in 1792, is the second largest city in North Carolina and is situated in the heart of the North Carolina Piedmont region, which is centered between the sandy Atlantic beaches and the Great Smoky Mountains. The City is both the county seat of Wake County and the capital of North Carolina. Raleigh covers an area of more than 146 square miles and is home to a growing and diverse population of approximately 440,000 residents. Together with Chapel Hill and Durham, Raleigh forms the Research Triangle. Research Triangle Park, founded in 1959 as a model for research, innovation and economic development, is now the largest research park in the nation. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill combined statistical area (CSA), which encompasses Raleigh and surrounding counties including Wake, Durham, and Orange, has a population of almost 2.1 million.

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