2015 Cook County Summer Fellowship Program Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications for the 2015 Cook County Government Fellowship program are being accepted through Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The Cook County Government Fellowship is a summer internship opportunity in Chicago for graduate students to develop leadership skills, create a civic network and have a lasting, positive impact on Cook County. Fellows gain first-hand experience in various Cook County departments through:

·        Completing high-impact projects while working side-by-side with a management level program officer within one of their fellowship program areas such as the President’s Office [Communications, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Legal Counsel], Human Resources, Economic Development, and Finance;

·        Developing an understanding of government policies, projects and operations, as well as approaches and challenges for each;

·        Developing in-depth content knowledge through research conducted within that program area; and

·        Lunch and learn activities within the Civic Consulting Alliance summer internship program, in addition to independent County learning activities and events.

Candidates should be registered in a graduate degree program in business, public policy, public affairs, or other related degree. Candidates may also be registered in a law school and currently entering or completed their second or third year.

Fellows commit to a minimum of 10 weeks beginning June 1, 2015. Compensation for the summer program is $20/hour, with Fellows not to exceed 40 hours per week.

Applications for the 2015 Fellowship are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The Civic Consulting Alliance will oversee the hiring and personnel decisions during the search process. Interested candidates should send the following information to consultantsearch@ccachicago.org:

·        Resume and cover letter

·        Three references (references will not be contacted without first talking to the candidate)

·        One page response to the following: If you had the opportunity to assist Cook County on a critical issue, which issue would you choose and why? What do you think are the critical components to solving this problem?

·        Please note “Cook County Government Fellow for Graduate Students” in the email subject line.

For more information, visit: http://www.cookcountyil.gov/human-resources-bureau-of/summer-fellowship-program/.