Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions
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 definedcontribution reitrement 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