Government Fellowships for Graduates of Public Universities

Our fellowships create a talent pipeline into local government—and help government recruit from the communities it serves.


Public School partners with local governments, public universities, unions, and other stakeholders to build fellowships that serve as a pipeline into civil service and the government workforce.

Each fellowship leverages Public School’s training curriculum and career pathways model, but is customized to fit the needs of the local partners.

Fellowship Components

Competitive Salaries

Standardized compensation packages that lead to higher-paying careers.

Training and Mentorship

Skill and personal development programs designed just for entry-level program staff.

Career Pathways

Simple tracks built to help young staff grow and excel within large organizations.

Civil Service Preparation

Collaborations with local unions to ensure fellows can convert to permanent employment.

Benefits for All Stakeholders

Local Governments

  • Sustainable pipeline of local, qualified talent reduces hiring time

  • Entry-level workforce trained to solve complex social challenges

Public Universities

  • Improved post-graduation employment outcomes

  • Deeply engaged alumni giving back to future Fellows

University Students

  • Access to higher-paying career paths with job security

  • Mission-driven work helps give back to their communities

Public Sector Unions

  • Pipeline of new members educated about union’s role

  • Opportunity to identify and serve needs of future membership

Implementation Process

Phase 1:

During this phase, Public School:

  • conducts an assessment of government workforce needs
  • facilitates the creation of a partnership
  • helps develop a proposal for attracting funders

Phase 2:
Program Design and Pilot

During this phase, Public School:

  • adapts training and career pathways model to local needs
  • supports building out program infrastructure
  • co-teaches programming for first cohort of fellows

Phase 3:
Improvements and Hand-Off

During this phase, Public School:

  • works with stakeholders to make program improvements
  • teaches new material while conducting evaluations
  • creates long-term plan for expanding fellowship

Contact us to learn more