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City Manager's Fellowship Program
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Norfolk is an amazing place, a vibrant and historic port city where culturally diverse citizens, the military, and businesses are creating the most dynamic and authentic urban waterfront community in America. 

The City of Norfolk is one of the 100 largest cities in the United States; hosts the world’s largest naval installation; serves as the cultural, medical, and business hub for a region of over 1.7 million people; and hosts five institutions of higher learning.  Norfolk is also the region’s transportation hub with Norfolk International Airport, Amtrak, the only light rail system in Virginia, and one of the busiest ports on the east coast. Norfolk offers a rich cultural life filled with waterfront festivals, outdoor recreation, water sports, craft breweries, local restaurants, food trucks, open street festivals, and nationally-recognized music and art venues that all add to the city's quality of life.

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The City Manager’s Fellowship Program is a two year highly competitive program that trains future city leaders.  Each year, one to three fellows will be selected for this elite opportunity.  The fellowship provides recent graduates the opportunity to work closely with the City Manager, to work directly with leaders throughout community, and to work on high-priority projects. The fellows will work in a research focused environment, will develop management skills, will gain exposure to local government, and will gain a unique view of city departments and operations.  Over the two years, fellows will tackle current urban issues and work with decision makers to implement public policy. 

Why Local Government?
It is an exciting time to begin a career in city government.  More people are moving to cities than ever before, it is estimated by 2050 that three quarters of the world’s population will live in urban areas.  This shift will create challenges and opportunities for city leaders. The fellows will work on a multitude of issues that local governments face today and will have the opportunity to lead programs and conduct research to tackle these challenges.

The fellowship provides an opportunity to join a team that has been recognized nationally and internationally for its initiatives:

  • The Rockefeller Foundation selected the City of Norfolk to be a part of 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge.  The challenge will enable 100 cities throughout the world to better address 21st century problems. Norfolk's resilience strategy focuses on designing the coastal city of the future; creating economic opportunity through strategic efforts to grow existing drivers and new sectors; and using the Neighbors Building Neighborhood model to build cohesion and connectivity throughout the city. 
  • The National Civic League recognized Norfolk as an All-America City in 2013 and 2016.

The annual salary for the City Manager’s fellow is $40,000. City Manager’s Fellows will be eligible for medical, dental, and vision care. Application Information

After the Program: Building a Career
Our alumni have gone on to rewarding jobs within municipal and state governments as well as the private sector and non-profit organizations.  Six former fellows have gone on to work for the City of Norfolk. The program prepares fellows well for careers within the City of Norfolk as well as other organizations. The city does not guarantee a job at the conclusion of the program, but fellows who successfully complete the program are highly considered.