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Public Policy Fellowship Program

2015 Summer Public Policy Fellowship Program


The Public Policy Fellowship Program was established in 2011 to cultivate the next generation of public sector leaders in Northeast Ohio.  Entrepreneurial and highly motivated undergraduate and graduate level students will gain a broad overview of county government through practical experience in a variety of policy areas. Working directly with the County Executive’s cabinet and other senior staff, Fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • Make personal and professional connections with:
    • the County Executive and senior staff
    • County Council members and senior legislative staff
    • Other Fellows
    • Civic leaders across the region
  • Attend site visits to various county facilities
  • Develop new ideas for projects and policies
  • Draft policy proposals to address emerging issues
  • Learn and test new skills
  • Attend press conferences, County Council hearings, staff meetings, and strategic planning sessions
  • Plan and present a Fellow Seminar

Program Goals

  • Attract and engage the next generation of Northeast Ohio public servants
  • Provide a practical experience in Cuyahoga County government
  • Inspire effective and ethical public leadership for Northeast Ohio
  • Invigorate County projects by injecting fresh eyes and new perspectives

Program Agencies

  • Executive Office
  • Communications – undergraduate students only
  • Economic Development
  • Health and Human Services Executive Office
  • Human Resources
  • Office of Sustainability
  • IT/GIS

Other Program Features

  • Fellows will be assigned an agency site supervisor based upon their placement and assigned work. Additional assistance, feedback and monitoring will be provided by the Public Policy Fellowship Program Coordinator who is a member of the Executive Office staff.
  • Each participant will be provided a workspace with information technology and access to other materials and resources as appropriate.
  • Senior staff members will discuss their experiences in weekly Think Tank sessions.
  • Evaluations will be conducted at the end of the program.
  • Fellows will author a final report of their general experience and the specifics of their project. The report will enrich the fellow’s professional portfolio and provide direction for future county projects. The projects will be highlighted during a Fellowship Seminar on the last day of the program.
For additional information, please contact Marcell Spencer at or (216) 698-6865. Click here to view the opportunity.

Past Fellows





2014 Public Policy Fellows