Help us Transform Gainesville into the New American City

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 of Gainesville. Students will work part time (10 to 15 hours per week) during the fall and spring semesters of an entire academic year.

The fellowship provides students with opportunities to perform project based work striving to improve real-world, operational city issues and meet strategic goals. In collaboration with the Graham Center, the City Manager’s Office will direct the fellows’ projects. Each fellow will work collaboratively across functional areas such as Strategic Planning, Data & Performance Management, Citizen-Centered Design, Engagement & Collaboration, 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 fellowships are: Community Engagement, Digital Services, Experience Design, and Visual Design. Click here for complete descriptions of these positions.


Selection of the program participants will be decided jointly between the Graham Center and city staff.

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 to assess the progress they are making and address any concerns.

Students interested in learning more about the program should contact Ms. Marianne Vernetson at or Karissa Raskin at raskink1@cityof for additional program information.


What positions are available? 

Fellowships in Community Engagement, Digital Services, Experience Design, and Visual Design are available. To read more about each fellowship position, click here

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

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, though the program is open only to students who have been at the University of Florida for four or more full semesters. For example, 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; and Journalism & Communications

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, but are encouraged to take more. You can take internship credit through your own department or Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Will the internship be paid?

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