Help us Empower a Stronger Gainesville

The City of Gainesville and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida offer an annual City of Gainesville Local Government Fellowship program. This year, the Center is pleased to announce several fellowship opportunities with the City’s Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Office of the Clerk of the Commission. Under the direction of City staff, students who are selected as fellows will work part time (about 15 hours per week) during the fall and spring semesters of an entire academic year. Students will also register for at least one internship credit hour at UF during both the fall and spring semesters. (More information on the credit hour requirement can be found in the FAQs section below.)

The fellowship provides students with opportunities to perform project based work striving to improve real-world, operational city issues and meet strategic goals. Each fellow will work collaboratively across functional areas such as Data & Performance Management, Neighbor-Centered Design, Collaboration, Strategic Planning, Policy Research, and many others.

We seek to recruit fellows as a cohort who will mutually support each other in project based objectives throughout the entirety of an academic year. This team will work closely with each other as well as city departments and organizational leadership. The focus areas for the 2020-2021 fellowships are: Visual Graphic Design, Full Stack Development Prototyping; Data Visualization; Community-based Research and Policy Research. More complete descriptions of these positions are below.

Application

To apply, visit this link: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dcGgtUa5AlZP9rv. Applications for fellowship positions have been extended from April 3, 2020 to noon Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Selection

Selection of the program participants will be decided jointly between the Graham Center and city staff. Interviews with City staff will begin in mid-April, with final offers made to students in May.

In order to support the students’ success, each fellow will be assigned a mentor from within city government. The student will meet with their mentors consistently throughout the fellowship year to assess the progress they are making and address any concerns.

Students interested in learning more about the program should contact Roberta Griffith at griffithre@cityofgainesville.org or Marianne Vernetson, mvernetson@ufl.edu for additional program information.

FAQ

What positions are available?

Fellowships in Visual Graphic Design, Full Stack Development Prototyping; Data Visualization; Community-Based Research; and Policy Research are available. More complete descriptions are below.

What majors should apply to the City of Gainesville Local Government Fellowship?

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. The city is eager to invite students from areas within the Colleges of the Arts; Business; Design, Construction & Planning; Engineering; Health & Human Performance; Liberal Arts & Sciences; Journalism & Communications, and more!

Do I apply as a member of a team?

No. While fellows will work closely with one another, group or team applications will not be considered. All applications need to be completed individually.

What classes will I take as part of my internship?

All students are required to take at least one internship credit in both the fall and spring semesters, but are encouraged to take more. You can take internship credits through your own department or through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Will the internship be paid?

Pending annual budget approval, the fellows will be paid the city’s hourly living wage.

Position Descriptions

We seek to recruit several fellows as a cohort who will mutually support each other in project based objectives throughout the entirety of an academic year. The team will work closely with each other as well as many city departments and organizational leaders. The focus areas for the fellowships are: Visual Graphic Design, Full Stack Development Prototyping; Data Visualization; Community-Based Research; and Policy Research. 

Visual Graphic Design

Would you like to help the City improve our communication with the public by using visual graphic design?

The Visual Graphic Design Fellowship may be an opportunity for you to expand your visual design portfolio by working with the City. You may be a good fit if you are someone who is innovative and artistic in their thinking style, enjoys translating complex narratives into easily understood visualizations, and is able to produce designs that are culturally sensitive and relevant to diverse audiences.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has experience using Adobe suite
  • Is able to design across multiple mediums including mobile, web, print, branding, and digital visualizations
  • Has experience working with icons
  • Is comfortable interacting with the public

Full Stack Development Prototyping

Are you interested in creating digital solutions that meet the needs of our community?

The Full Stack Development Prototyping Fellowship may be an opportunity for you to explore new technologies and platforms. You will be asked to create functional prototypes that include databases, UI, APIs, and more. You may be a good fit if you are some who is both a critical and a creative thinker, enjoys creating new tools that improve efficiency and process, and considers the needs of the target audience when designing the interactive components of projects and prototypes.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has experience using software such as React, Bootstrap, and Github
  • Is able to develop databases
  • Can perform API integration during the middle portion of the project development
  • Can perform front end User Interaction (UI) coding (HTML)

Data Visualization

Would you like to help the City create, design and refine data visualization that clearly communicates trends and can be easily understood?

The Data Visualization Fellowship may be an opportunity for you to showcase and grow your data skills as you work with our Strategic Initiatives Department on projects like data automation, creation of real-time interactive dashboards, assessment of data quality, and more. We are looking for someone who:

  • Has experience using HTML, CSS or Bootstrap, and JavaScript
  • Is able to develop interactive data visualizations appealing to different audiences using Tableau, GIS applications, and others
  • Is willing to learn new programming, and can apply his/her graphic design skills to develop visualizations that tell a clear, compelling story about data
  • Is a problem solver with strong attention to detail

Community-Based Research

Would you like to help the City address some of the complex issues facing our community by using existing data and asking critical questions can improve our understanding of needs, barriers, and possible solutions?

The Community-Based Research Fellowship may be an opportunity for you to explore topics like carbon emissions, food systems, resource accessibility, and many others, as well as investigate what strategies / tools have been successful in addressing these challenge areas in other cities. You may be a good fit if you are an intrinsically motivated person who seeks to learn more about the issues facing our community, is comfortable utilizing multiple sources of information to answer complex questions, and values a diversity in perspectives and knowledge.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has experience using both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Can conduct primary and secondary research on a variety of topics
  • Is interested in learning how to create and conduct surveys and interviews
  • Is comfortable performing tasks such as intercept surveys, ethnographies, and usability testing

Policy Research

Are you interested in how ideas solidify into public policy?

The Policy Research Fellowship may be an opportunity to be part of that process by working with our City Commission to research, develop, and present policy proposals. You may be a good fit if you are passionate about improving our community, willing to think broadly and creatively when seeking solutions, and comfortable speaking in public.

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Comfortably research and analyze both broad and narrow topics to then craft a highly-readable report
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, including the Mayor, City Commissioners, and members of the public
  • Balance multiple projects at once while working both independently and as part of a larger team