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Preparing Managers in Local Government

MPA students specifically interested in city/county management are invited to apply to our 2-year City/County Management Fellowship program.  City/County management is the School of Public Affairs and Administration's most recognized program and has been ranked the #1 program in the country by U.S.. News and World Report since 1998.  

Admission to the City/County Management Fellowship program is competitive - only a small cohort of Fellows is selected each year.  Fellows receive all of the advantages of participation in the MPA degree curriculum, as well as: 

  • Designated scholarship awards
  • Attendance to the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) annual meeting, supported by the School;
  • Links to a large and welcoming professional network;
  • Peer group learning and comradery;
  • Additional experiential learning through part-time and full-time internships and other professional development opportunities.

The key distinctive feature of the Fellowship is its structure.  The first year revolves around full-time intensive coursework with a part-time, paid internship to immediately apply academic concepts to the profession.  The second revolves around a full-time, paid internship and 3 intensive seminars to round out professional concepts and provide guidance as Fellows join the profession.