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Capital City Fellows Program


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 or three different departments in the same agency, including:

  • District Department of Human Resources
  • District Department of Transportation
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

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 will begin their service in October 2023 and are selected through a competitive application process.

Brief Description of Duties: Capital City Fellows will perform a variety of assignments that are designed specifically to enhance the Fellow’s public service values, leadership skills, and managerial abilities in areas that relate to the mission of their assigned agency. Fellows will participate in required Capital City Fellows Program (CCFP) activities including, but not limited to, seminars, policy briefings, brown bag lunches, site visits, and hearings. Fellows will complete CCFP assignments including, among other things, biweekly reports, presentations to other Fellows, agency, and CCFP-specific Individual Development Plans (IDPs), and program evaluations.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates for the Capital City Fellows program will have the following skills, including, but not limited to:

  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Ability to work independently and lead significant projects from inception to completion
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate complex program, policy, or financial information to diverse stakeholders
  • Conduct research and analyze labor market information to inform the design and evaluation of workforce development strategies and manage the implementation of strategies
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to coordinate, facilitate, and lead efforts towards greater collaboration and program delivery with agency partners, community organizations, and interagency working groups
  • Strong project management abilities and
  • Excellent organizational skills

Salary Range: Capital City Fellows receive an initial appointment in the Excepted Service pay schedule (ES-0301-4) with a salary of $61,845 for the first year with a 4 percent increase in the second-year contingent upon funding availability and a satisfactory performance rating.


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 or have completed a master’s degree by October 2023
  • 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
    • 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 Residency Requirement at time of selection.  

Online Application Process

For more information, please email [email protected].