2016 Summer Fellowship Program Applications

Applications for the 2016 Cook County Government Fellowship program were accepted through Friday, April 1, 2016.

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
  • Lunch and learn activities within the Civic Consulting Alliance summer internship program, in addition to independent County learning activities and events
  • Completing a final presentation on the assigned project

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 will commit to a period of 10 weeks beginning either June 6, 2016 or June 13, 2016 unless otherwise approved by the Chief of Human Resources. Compensation for the summer program is $20/hour, with Fellows not to exceed 40 hours per week.

Application Process

Applications for the 2016 Fellowship program are due by Friday, April 1, 2016.

The Civic Consulting Alliance will oversee the hiring and personnel decisions during the search process.
Please send the following 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.