Seeking a summer policy fellowship in city government? The Baltimore City Mayoral Fellowship provides a 10-week full-time placement in a mayoral office or Baltimore City agency based on the Mayoral Fellow’s background, interests and the needs of the agencies and departments. Mayoral Fellows are talented and dedicated undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in public service.

For individuals seeking careers in public service, the Mayoral Fellowship is the ideal platform to get your foot in the door.

Fellows take on high-profile policy issues the city faces and offer compelling and actionable solutions. Fellows dive in to the issues with full support from their agencies and experience firsthand challenges and triumphs working in local government. Fellows have the unique experience of being both a fly on the wall, gathering any and all information, and an active agent of change putting together research and analysis on a 10-week deadline.

Throughout the program, Fellows are encouraged to reach out to high-level decision makers for project support and ultimately present their findings and policy recommendations to the Mayor and senior staff.
— Michelle Rau, Previous Baltimore City Mayoral Fellow

Under the direction of senior-level government officials, Mayoral Fellows are assigned to projects that focus on public policy issues and challenges that matter most to Baltimore's residents, gaining a unique insight into the operations of city government and substantively contributing to policies that impact Baltimore residents and communities.

The ultimate goal of the Mayoral Fellowship is to encourage talented individuals, with an interest in public service to seek permanent positions within city government at the conclusion of their academic program.

Application Deadline: May 3, 2019

Fellowship Duration: June 3-August 9, 2019

Eligibility: Undergraduate (who has completed equivalent of junior year) or graduate student with strong skills in research and policy analysis, with ability to garner support amongst stakeholders.

Benefits:

  • $4,500 stipend

  • Valuable practical experience and exposure to local government

  • Outings and educational events to experience Baltimore and network with peers


Baltimore native Tony Scott’s path to the Mayoral Fellowship program:

I love Baltimore. My grandmother migrated here from rural Virginia back in the 1950’s and worked several jobs to support her six children. She worked for the Maryland Department of Labor helping black families get jobs, and later got involved in the city politically, campaigning for Mayor Schaefer and eventually becoming a neighborhood advocate for summer youth programming.  

Meanwhile, my dad was born and raised in West Baltimore, experiencing the city before and after the 1968 riots. He saw the glory and demons of the city, and always made it a priority to remind me of what once was as we rode by blocks of vacant homes. Since then, I’ve dedicated myself to working on issues surrounding economic and community development in my hometown.  

After studying political science at Georgetown University and getting a job in Washington D.C., I couldn’t leave Baltimore, instead choosing the long commute from Midtown-Edmondson. After a couple years, I moved to New York to pursue my master’s degree from Columbia University. Although I was a few states away, I still remained involved in beautifying vacant lots in my community back home and frequently traveled back to work with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council on the Opportunity Collaborative’s Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.

This summer I am working with the Finance Department to help evaluate the City’s profit-sharing PILOT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) programs, to understand whether the City is getting a good deal on its profit-sharing investments, and to ensure the City is putting its money where it is needed the most. 

I saw the Mayoral Fellowship not only as an opportunity to continue serving my city, but also to gain a better understanding of city government. 

I am thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to improving the city I love.