Competitive program offers valuable learning opportunities for recent graduates and enrolled students to get involved in the community
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Brett Smiley announced today the City is accepting applications for the 2023 Mayoral Fellowship Program. The competitive program offers an exciting and creative way for undergraduate students and recent graduates to earn first-hand experience in the executive branch of city government. Mayoral fellows are placed in a city department based on their background, stated interests, and suitability for a given office and will work on high-impact projects designed to improve the quality of life for Providence residents.
“The City’s Mayoral Fellowship program offers local college students a highly unique and exciting opportunity to make a real difference in our community,” said Mayor Brett Smiley. “After receiving hands-on experience in local government, our past fellows have contributed to impactful City projects and many of them fell in love with Providence and accepted jobs within government after completing the program.”
Mayoral Fellows will learn valuable skills and gain real-world experience in a fast-paced public service environment to prepare them for their careers. Former fellows have worked in a variety of departments including Healthy Communities, Planning and Development, Sustainability and in the Mayor’s Office, each offering a unique experience.
“During my summer as a Mayoral Fellow, I had the opportunity to contribute substantively to several ongoing projects within the City and learn about the inner workings of municipal government,” said Tim Shea, who served as a Mayoral Fellow in the Department of Operations in 2020 and now serves as the Manager of Engagement Programs for Planning and Development. “To any undergraduate or graduate student interested in a career in government, I highly recommend applying for the Providence Mayoral Fellowship!”
The 10-week program offers participants a $2,500 stipend as they work under the direct supervision of a Department Director. The program also accommodates students interested in participating for academic credit.
The 2023 Fellowship will begin on Thursday, June 8 and end on August 17, 2023. Applications are due by May 8, 2023 and may be submitted online at: