Presidential Public Service Fellowship! For any major -Apply now for a paid summer of leadership experience.

Professor Scott McLean (Political Science) announced a call for applications from students in any major for the 2020 Presidential Public Service Fellowship.  Students work in leadership positions in Hamden and North Haven government for an entire summer (June 1 to July 30).  Fellows are paid approximately $3,700 for the summer, with housing in QU residence halls for no extra charge.

STUDENTS CAN APPLY ONLINE AT QUCC at this link: Presidential Public Service Fellowship 2020  — application deadline is March 30.

Students in any major, and entering junior or senior year in Fall 2020, are eligible to apply for the Fellowships.  Eligibility for federal work-study is a plus, but not required.

Fellows help manage various Town Departments in Civil Engineering, Economic Development, Public Relations in the Mayor’s office, Youth services, Social Services, and Police.

Below are descriptions of positions where students may be placed:

Types of Placements:

Below are brief and very general descriptions of Fellow positions within the program based on the 2014 Fellowship.  Fellows are selected in part on their suitability and interest for different roles in public service.  Students in any major are eligible for the Fellowship positions.

Hamden Mayor’s Office Fellow

The Fellow working in the Hamden Mayor’s Office will get full immersion in the daily functioning of the epicenter of municipal management. This year’s Fellow can expect to work on several ongoing projects such as the Hamden Farmer’s Markets, summer festivals and events, the monthly Town Newsletter, public relations opportunities and press releases, various policy developments and research tasks, and the development of grant proposals.

North Haven First Selectman Fellow

The Fellow assigned to the North Haven First Selectman’s office will be fully immersed in the daily functioning of the epicenter of municipal management.  Projects include managing efforts to streamline Town operations, energy efficiency, updating the Town’s written promotional materials in the pivotal area of economic development and assisting the Town with preparatory public relations work for its annual “Show & Sell” business and community exposition, a major town-wide event.

Public Works/Engineering Fellow:  Civil Engineering students preferred.

This Fellow is assigned to work with either the Director of Engineering in Hamden, or the Director of Public Works in North Haven. Students in Civil Engineering are especially desired. Tasks will include research, economic analysis and interactions with State agencies.  The Fellow will develop grant-writing skills and assist the Director in overseeing sanitation, planning and zoning, engineering.  The Fellow will gain extensive field work assisting public works in practical engineering problems.

Hamden Legislative Council Fellow

The Legislative Council Fellow will work directly with the Legislative Council Coordinator by assisting with the preparation and filing of important legislative committee meeting minutes, meeting notices, agendas, regular meeting minutes, etc. The Fellow will be immersed in the procedures of establishing Council Sessions,  and will gather a greater understanding of how local government handles tasks such as the approval of expenditures, the passage of ordinances, the appointments of officials, and more. The Fellow may also complete tasks such as data entry of resolution and ordinance titles, filing and copying various forms, answering phones, and assisting with the preparation paperwork for meetings if needed.

Hamden Economic and Community Development Fellow

This Fellow provides assistance to members of the Department of Economic and Community Development for projects and programs funded by Town, State and Federal sources. Projects may include Data Collection and survey work for various programs, (including neighborhood revitalization activities), coordination of merchant and community group activities. The Fellow will also assist with the Town, Economic and Community Development web-site(s), writing press releases, working in the Town Business Incentive program, and grant-writing.

Hamden Town Clerk Fellow

The Fellow in the Town Clerk’s office will deal with varied projects related to serving members of the public directly, historical-archival research, data input, and maintenance of other Town Clerk records. The selected individual will have to deal with multi-tasking, some interruption of task because of public contact, possess great attention to detail.

Hamden Planning & Zoning Fellow

The Planning & Zoning Fellow will experience first-hand how a public sector office operates, while addressing critical key needs of the Department.  This includes assisting members of the public seeking answers to questions, helping zoning enforcement personnel with site inspections, preparing for public hearings of land use commissions, and assisting with student housing applications. The fellow will be introduced to the public hearing process, in which applicants present their development projects and members of the public have the opportunity to speak in favor or against them. The fellow will also work with staff to understand the issues involved with these applications prior to meetings.

Hamden Risk Management Fellow

The Risk Management Fellow will assist with developing employee communications regarding the Town’s Employee Benefit Plan, organizing an Employee Wellness Program, developing trend analysis of claims data, statistical record keeping, insurance auditing, inventory recording of improvements, betterments, fixed assets and vehicles, inspection of Town/BOE facilities and operations, and gathering factual information concerning claims. The fellow will be exposed to job duties of the following positions within the Insurance Industry: Claims Adjuster, Underwriter, Loss Control Representative, Customer Service Representative, and Risk Analyst.

Hamden Police Department Fellow

The Police Fellow will work directly with the Office of the Chief of Police on a project related to developing a technological solution that enhances the department’s overall crime prevention effectiveness. Strong achievement in Criminal Justice, Computer Science, or related field is a plus.

Hamden Arts and Recreation Fellow

The Fellow will alternate between the Recreation Dept. and the Arts Council.  In Recreation, the Fellow will assist with the development of various youth programs, and in the Arts Council, the Fellow will assist with the research and writing of a Hamden Cultural Directory. Various other tasks related to the planning of Town events and activities may also be assigned.

Hamden Youth Services and Community Services Fellow

The Youth Services Fellow will assist with planning and implementation of summer programming including Youth Employment, Community Service Programs, the School Age Child Care Program, National Night Out, and Farmer’s Market kids’ activities.


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