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2013 Public Policy Fellowship Program in Review


Meet the 2013 Fellows!

Claire Ashmead -Assignment: Economic Development. “The Fellowship has been an excellent vehicle for me to better understand and engage in my community by showing – through practice – how Cuyahoga County is maintained and developed on a day-to-day basis."

Katie Clarkin
Assignment: Communications. “I was allowed to take the lead on many important projects. I truly appreciated the opportunity.”

Wendall Garth
Assignment: General Operations. “My experiences from the fellowship will influence me throughout the remainder of my career.”

Endrit Kosta Assignment: Human Resources. “Enjoyed taking part in things that help increase government accountability, transparency and efficiency…thank you so much for this wonderful experience.”

Kristina Santana
- Assignment: Job & Family Services.“Analyzing the input and output of programs and departments, helps to achieve the outcomes wanted. Gathering data, like what was presented, is an excellent way to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of the department; enhancing the relationship between the agency and clients.” 

Public Policy Fellowship Program: June 2 – August 1, 2014


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 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

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’s 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 lunch 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 the project. The report will enrich the fellow’s professional portfolio and provide direction for future county projects.


The Office of the County Executive encourages undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to apply. The program seeks candidates who are passionate about public service and have demonstrated a substantial commitment to achieving excellence through their scholarship, leadership ability, and extracurricular involvement. Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student during the spring or fall semesters of 2014 and expressly interested in either staying or returning to Cuyahoga County upon graduation.

Selection Process and Timeline

The selection process will include a review of completed applications which will be screened by the Fellowship Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will include staff from the Office of the County Executive and Department of Human Resources. Among the qualities looked for in fellows are scholastic achievement, verbal and written communication skills, research and analytic skills, campus and/or community service involvement, political awareness, and leadership potential. Applicants will be matched by skills and indicated interest areas to actual projects. Applicants must pass a drug screen and background check.

The application process has closed, as of January 10, 2014. There are absolutely no extensions.

To Apply for this program click here.

Placement Opportunities

Summer Fellows will be placed in the following departments. Each placement opportunity listed includes project or policy descriptions that are attached to a Western Reserve Plan (WRP) Principle. Applicants must indicate their top three (3) areas of interest.

  • Executive Office (policy research, analytics, database design)
  • Communications (undergraduate only)
  • Economic Development
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Health and Human Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Law Department (2L or 3L students only)
  • Public Works

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Scofield, Office of County Executive Edward
FitzGerald, at or 216-698-3022.

Past Fellows


    2012 Public Policy Fellows