The Local Government Management Fellows (LGMF) Program was begun in response to demographic projections indicating retirements of substantial numbers of local government executives, as well as concerns about recruiting and retaining the next generation of local government professionals. Although the anticipated pace of retirements has been slowed by the most recent recession, an improving economy will undoubtedly create a substantial number of vacancies in managers’ offices.
This highly competitive career-development opportunity is designed to generate interest in local government careers among recent master’s program graduates. Selected Fellows are placed in a full-time management-track local government positions, shaped by direct mentorship under senior government leaders and rotational assignments.
- Fellows develop real-world management skills while participating in meaningful and important local government projects.
- Fellows receive direct mentorship from senior local government managers.
- Since the program launch in 2004, five alumni Fellows have been hired as city managers; many others are in senior positions in local government.
Recent graduates and students enrolled in public administration, public policy, or related master’s degree programs at NASPAA-member schools graduating in this academic year are eligible to apply to this fellowship program. This is an annual fellowship program with a fall application process for spring/summer placement.
Full details and an application link are available at icma.org/lgmf. Deadlines and timeline are as follows:
- Launches: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
- Submission Deadline: December 5, 2011
- Finalist Notifications: February 2012
- Interviews and Placement: March-June 2012.