Fellowship Program

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Hamilton County Commissioners are launching the Hamilton County Fellowship Program, the County's premier paid internship program, for graduate and undergraduate students seeking a career in public service. This concentrated program exposes participants to the many facets of County government that directly impact those who live, work and play in Hamilton County. The fellowship features a core curriculum with project-based initiatives that will enhance networking, career exploration, and professional development.

Hamilton County Fellowship

$25/Hour - 20 Hours per week

6-month or 12-month assignment

Fellows will be exposed to experiences that support Hamilton County's vision to serve the residents of Hamilton County by providing the best and most responsive county government in America, as well as Hamilton County's mission to provide efficient service of the highest quality, and to deliver county services equitably.

Under the direction of senior administrators and managers, Fellows will gain exposure to important management practices and strategies through one-on-one meetings and job assignments related to the areas of concentration.

Core Curriculum

Fellows will spend four to six weeks with each of the following core areas:

  1. Board of County Commissioners - The Board of Commissioners makes up the general administrative body for county government. Initiatives include gathering information, data, and statistics to help commission offices keep a pulse on the community and the people we serve.
  2. Administration and Communications - Fellows will work alongside of the County's top administrative team and assist in the execution of core duties, operations and special projects while contributing fresh ideas and creative solutions.
  3. Financial Management - Fellows will focus on programs building a foundation in budget administration, financial forecasting, grant management, economic equity and purchasing programs.
  4. Human Resources - Fellows will partner on initiatives associated with making Hamilton County an Employer of Choice: focus on the areas of HR Policy, Employee Relations, Compensation, Benefits, HRIS, and Employee Development.

Optional Areas of Concentration

Fellows can choose four areas of concentration from a field of eight elective areas. Each rotation will be 6 weeks. Final four weeks of the program are open for a Fellow to work on a specific project or return to work in a specific area of interest.

  • Social Services
  • Planning and Development
  • Public Safety
  • Criminal Justice and the Courts
  • Environmental Services
  • Asset Management
  • And more!

At the conclusion of the program, Fellows who successfully complete the program will be awarded a certificate of completion by the Board of County Commissioners and recognized as a "Hamilton County Public Service Fellow." Such recognition will include a description of work assignments and accomplishments by the Fellow for consideration of academic credit.

Who We Need

All candidates must be an undergraduate junior or senior (60 Credits Hours) - or - a graduate student. Our ideal candidate will also be:

Professional and Ethical

  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic.
  • Displays a commitment to a career public service.


  • Provides quality customer service.
  • Demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Works well in a team.


  • Takes initiative.
  • Creates and implements ideas.
  • Demonstrates strong analytical skills.

Application Process

Applications for the 2024 Program will be accepted until April 5, 2024.

 Click Here to Apply.