Information for Host Organization Applicants


Host Site applications for the 2022-23 Public Service Fellowship Program will close on Jan. 17, 2022.

Through a competitive application and interview process, recent college graduates are selected from across the country to participate in the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship program. 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 placements within City of Cleveland City Hall for the 2022-23 fellowship year, selected public service agencies and nonprofit organizations may also include those which provide a range of public goods and services, such as education, healthcare, housing, transportation and water. 2022-23 host sites will be listed in full once selection is finalized.


A commitment and a process for developing and advancing talented individuals that are early in their careers, and a well-defined scope of work or project.

An agency/organization should consider applying to host a fellow if it:

  • is a public sector agency or a nonprofit organization that works in close partnership with the public sector
  • is able to hire the fellow as a full-time employee subject to regular rights and responsibilities of the agency/organization, providing the workspace, equipment, and resources that are required for the fellow to complete their work assignments (which can be supported through grant funds)
  • has a vision for mentoring an emerging leader and a senior staff member that is available to serve as the fellow’s supervisor – offering support, learning opportunities, and feedback throughout the year
  • has a well-defined scope of work with meaningful project(s) that a fellow could truly move forward within a one-year period
  • excels at providing a stable and collegial work environment with a corporate culture that continually seeks to understand and support the fellowship experience
  • is able to develop a plan for regularly scheduled “access to leadership” within the organization
  • understands that the fellow will need to be released for the equivalent of about 2 paid days (14 hours) per month for training and professional with the cohort; they sessions are expected to be attended in full and each fellow will coordinate one to delve deeper into the work of their host agency
  • is open to providing feedback and engaging in ongoing communication with the Cleveland Foundation and/or other supervisors
    • There will be approximately 6 opportunities for supervisors to formally convene throughout the process (before interviews with candidates, summer, during orientation with the fellows, quarterly throughout the fellowship year, and during the fellows’ farewell)
    • There will also be avenues for ongoing communication and feedback including periodic e-mail updates (sometimes with brief surveys), informal events with the fellows, and an end-of-year survey (in lieu of a final grant report).
    • A question that prospective supervisors may want to respond to on the application or consider for further discussion moving forward into 2022: Is there a training, topic, or resource that you would be interested in or find particularly helpful as a supervisor?

To apply: 

If you work within a public sector agency or a nonprofit organization that works in close partnership with the public sector and your team is interested in hosting a fellow, please email Stephanie to confirm your eligibility and request an application. An application will be emailed to you to be completed by the Jan. 17, 2022 deadline. 

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.

For questions about the program, please contact:

Stephanie Molnar, Program Officer, Leadership Development 
Email Stephanie