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The 2019 Capital City Fellows Program is on hold until further notice.  Please check back for updates by the end of June 2019.

The Capital City Fellows Program (CCFP) is a mayoral initiative to attract recent graduates of master's degree programs in public administration, public policy, urban planning, social work and related fields to work for the city of Washington, DC. Candidates compete for 18-month fellowship appointments during which they may complete three six-month rotations in different city agencies, including: the Office of the City Administrator, Mayor’s Office of Budget, Department of Human Resources, Department of Planning, Department of Transportation, Department of Human Services, Department of Housing and Community Development Department of Public Works, the District Department of the Environment, among many others.

In addition to on-the-job training in their host agencies, our Fellows are given unique opportunities to meet with high-level city officials; participate in educational and professional development training and seminars; and the Individual Development Plan Self-Assessment. Our program prepares Fellows to meet the challenges of local government public service and develops management talent for the city.  Fellows begin their service in October of each year and are selected through a competitive application process.

Salary Range: Capital City Fellows receive an initial appointment in the Excepted Service pay schedule (ES-0301-4) at a salary of fifty-eight thousand three hundred ($58,300) for the first year with a 4 percent increase in the second year contingent upon a satisfactory performance rating and funding.

Brief Description of Duties: Performs a variety of assignments designed specifically to continue enhancing the Capital City Fellow's public service values, leadership knowledge and skills and managerial abilities in such areas as public policy making, planning and management issues relating to the mission of his/her assigned agency.  Plans, organizes and executes tasks, assignments and responsibilities with minimal guidance.  Organizes, leads, prepares and presents complex, analytical written documents and oral reports and briefings for officials at all operating levels of the city government.  Develops and maintains contacts and liaisons with various senior officials and staff at all operating levels of the District government.  Participates in required Capital City Fellows Program (CCFP) activities including, but not limited to, seminars, policy briefings, brown bag lunches, site visits, and hearings.  Completes CCFP assignments including, among other things, biweekly reports, presentations to other Fellows, agency and CCFP-specific Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and program evaluations.

An individualized job description/list of duties will be used in conjunction with this duty statement to fully define the nature and scope of the developmental assignment within the host agency.

Employment Benefits: This is a "time-limit", Excepted Service Appointment Not-to-Exceed 18 months.  Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributors to CSR will resume upon reemployment.  Relocation expenses will not be paid. 

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible to participate in the Capital City Fellows Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have a master's degree
  • Ideal candidates have graduated within the last two years
  • 3.5 GPA required, 3.0 required for J.D.
  • US Citizen or Legal Non-Citizen Resident status. Students must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Required to live in the District of Columbia within 180 days of appointment
    • Preference will be given to District Residents.  You must be able to meet the Domicile Requirements at time of selection.

For additional information about the Capital City Fellows Program, please contact the DCHR Center for Learning and Development at (202) 442-9700,  or via email at [email protected].. You may also visit our Capital City Fellows Program Facebook Page or twitter.com/CapCityFellows