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City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellowship Program

Date posted: 12/12/2011

Field: All disciplines

Eligibility: US Citizen. International students must have an F-1 Student Visa, a SSN, and must be a full-time student. (See website for more details).

Contact Information:

Name: Kathryn O’Connell
Phone: 321-744-5000
Address: Office of the Mayor City of Chicago 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 406 Chicago, Illinois 60602
Web site:

Additional information:

The Mayor’s Office encourages graduate students from all disciplines to apply. While there are no preferences to specific graduate fields or majors, the program seeks candidates who are enthusiastic to learn about city government and have demonstrated a substantial commitment to excellence as evidenced by academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and involvement in community or public service. You must be a currently enrolled student at the time of employment in order to be eligible. International students must have an F-1 Student Visa and must be a full-time student. International students are required to have a social security number/card which states “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION.” The college or university can assist international students with obtaining authorization. (DHS = Department of Homeland Security). *Work directly with the Mayor’s senior staff; *Research policies and evaluate their potential benefit to Chicago; *Draft memoranda on upcoming issues and new initiatives; *Interact with and attend meetings with Commissioners, Aldermen, senior-level staff from various City departments, and experts in a variety of policy fields. *Learn about the work and mission of the City’s departments through weekly presentations by department commissioners and senior level staff, and through guided tours of City facilities. *Attend press conferences, City Council hearings, senior staff meetings, and strategic planning sessions. *Develop “New Ideas” for policies and initiatives.

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