Council Summer Fellows Program

Program Background

The Montgomery County Council’s ten-week Summer Fellows Program is a unique opportunity that enables graduate students to gain real world local government experience across multiple fields. Summer 2021 will be our fifth consecutive year hosting the program. We welcome students in policy-related graduate programs (policy, public administration, planning, public health, law, etc.) who will have completed their first year of study by summer 2021 to apply.

The program is a collaboration among four independent organizations:

This alliance provides multiple access points to innovative leaders who are shaping the future of Montgomery County in new and exciting ways (virtual or in-person). It also enables participants to build an experience specifically tailored to their field of study. Participants will work directly with decision makers (elected officials, senior management staff, and more) on ongoing projects, policy analyses and self-selected research projects. Fellows will present their independent research and policy recommendations to the full Council at the conclusion of their program. No matter if the program is virtual or in-person, Fellows will also be able to explore the County through weekly field trips. 

Dates of Fellowship: June 7, 2021 - August 13, 2021

Summer Fellows Brochure

Please review the brochure for additional information on the placements, work scope, eligibility criteria, and the application/selection process.

Summer Fellows Application

The Stage 1 application is now open and is due December 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm. We will update this webpage if we extend the deadline.

The Stage 2 application will be emailed directly to selected applicants who successfully complete and meet certain requirements in the Stage 1 application. Learn more about both stages and the selection process in the brochure.

Contact our Program Coordinators

Nicole Rodriguez-Hernandez
Pamela Dunn

Fellows Reports