Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship


February 22 – Application deadline

March 30-31* – Semi-finalist Skype interviews

April 24-25* – Finalist interviews in Cleveland 

May 8 – Fellows selection

September – Fellowship begins

*Candidates must be available on these dates 

The Cleveland Foundation, the world’s first community foundation, launched the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship program in spring 2016 to offer emerging young leaders from across the country the skills and networks needed to create the community they envision and jumpstart a career in public service.

The program includes:

  • A 12-month, full-time paid placement at a selected public sector agency in Cleveland, providing meaningful career-related work experience. The fellowship includes a $30,000 salary with health benefits
  • Participation in a public sector professional development program, administered by Cleveland State University
  • A small cohort with individualized coaching, supervision and support
  • Immersion in the rich civic and cultural life of Cleveland, with first-hand opportunities to network and connect with a diverse array of emerging and senior leaders and organizations

Applications for 2017-2018 Fellowship Program Open Jan. 23 – Feb. 22

Details on Eligibility & How to Apply:

Applicants must be:

  • College graduates who earned their undergraduate degrees between spring 2015 and spring 2017. A wide range of degrees, including liberal arts and those pertaining to more technical and/or specialized areas of study, are welcomed
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents or individuals who are eligible to work in the U.S. for the duration of this program
  • They cannot be a relative of a member of the Cleveland Foundation staff or the foundation’s Board of Directors

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted from January 23 through February 22, 2017. 

If you have registered in our system in the past, you can skip the registration step and go directly to the Login link below:

  • To register, enter our application portal here and submit your name and email address to create a login ID. An email will be sent to you within 5 minutes. Please check your spam folder. Click on the link in the email to complete the registration process.
  • Login (with the email address you used to register) and complete the fellowship application and upload the required documents (listed below).

Please be advised that, should you be selected as a semi-finalist, you must agree to a criminal background check. Finalists may also be required to undergo a drug screening, depending on the hiring policies of the host agency.

Required documents (to be uploaded in .pdf format):

  • Resume
  • Most recent college transcripts
  • One required letter of recommendation (with 2 letters preferred) from individuals familiar with your academic work, employment experience or community/volunteer activities.
    • We request that you upload the letter(s) directly into your online application. However, if the person providing your letter of recommendation prefers to send in his/her recommendation directly, please .

Please  if there are any issues with registration.

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Meet our 2017-18 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows

Headshot of Stephanie Choi

Stephanie Choi, hosted by Cuyahoga County 

Choi is a 2017 graduate of the University of Arizona in English and Literacy, Learning, and Leadership. As a Fellow, Choi will assist the County’s Department of Sustainability in its efforts to identify and deploy resources in Cuyahoga County to advance renewable energy and energy conservation strategies, while also helping to develop funding mechanisms for Sustainability projects. Choi is relocating to Cleveland from Buckeye, Arizona.

Headshot of Trishna DesaiTrishna Desai, hosted by Cleveland Metroparks

Desai is Northeast Ohio native and 2017 graduate of Denison University in Biology and International Studies. As a fellow, Desai will work across departments and interact with key leadership to improve Cleveland Metroparks’ organizational processes and enhance guest satisfaction.   

Headshot of Cristy JonesCristy Jones, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Jones is a 2017 Spelman College graduate in International Studies. Working alongside CMSD leaders, she will support the implementation and expansion of district-wide culture and engagement initiatives designed to dramatically improve the quality of educational outcomes for Cleveland’s public school students.  Jones’ hometown is Atlanta, Georgia.

Headshot of Jordan LopezJordan Lopez, City of Cleveland

Lopez is a 2017 graduate of University of Southern California in Policy, Planning, and Development with a concentration in Real Estate Development. Lopez will support the Department of Economic Development and Chief of Regional Development in the implementation of multi-year development projects including Mayor Jackson’s Neighborhood Initiative and the Opportunity Corridor. Lopez’s hometown is South Elgin, Illinois.

Headshot of Royce MuskeyvalleyRoyce Muskeyvalley, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

A native of Rock Island, Illinois, Muskeyvalley is a 2015 graduate of University of Chicago in Political Science. At Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Muskeyvalley will support initiatives and build partnerships to address racial inequality and advance comprehensive community development initiatives in the Buckeye and Glenville neighborhoods.

Meet the 2016-17 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows here

Fellowship host sites

Each Fellow will be matched with a public sector agency with a supportive corporate culture and a commitment to providing opportunities to develop leadership and innovation. In addition to potential placements within local government, selected public service agencies may also include those which provide a range of public goods and services, such as education, healthcare, housing, transportation and water. 2016 host sites will be listed once selection is finalized.

Cleveland Foundation’s Commitment to Diversity

The Cleveland Foundation exists to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Greater Cleveland.  The ability to carry out our mission and to foster a commitment to excellence can best be pursued if our workforce, grantees, donors, partners and governing body include individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives.

The foundation, in partnership with its host sites, is committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion across all of Cleveland’s public sector agencies by using this fellowship as a catalyst for developing a pipeline of future leaders for Northeast Ohio.