This competitive fellowship program presents an opportunity for participants to:

  • Gain exposure in local government.
  • Gain a unique and comprehensive view of city departments and their operations.
  • Develop and refine management skills.

The Fellow will perform rotational assignments in the City Manager's Office, the Budget Office, and a selected department. Management Fellows will be exposed to multiple challenges that local governments face today, as well as new and innovative methods to deal with these challenges.

Upon completion of the year long program, the City does not guarantee continued employment, however, the Fellow may work with the Human Resources Department to search for and apply for other opportunities with the City of Austin. 


  • Applicants must have satisfactorily completed all courses for a Master's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field before the start date of the program.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply even if they still need to complete an internship, thesis, or a comprehensive exam, as long as all courses are completed before the start date of the program.
  • The City will select one individual. The fellowship is full-time for one year and runs the 2017 Calendar year from January to December 2017.


The salary for this position will be $45,000 per year. This position does not include relocation expenses or a housing allowance, however, fellows will have access to the following City programs:

  • Commuter program – As part of the Clean Air Initiative, City employees can ride any Capital Metro bus or train using a transit pass.
  • Deferred Compensation (457 Plan) – The deferred compensation retirement savings plan administered by ING Institutional Plan Services.
  • Healthy Connections Employee Wellness Program - This popular program offers free exercise classes such as Yoga, Boot Camp, Bike, Swim, Basketball, Zumba, Tai Chi, Tap Dance and Strength Training. It also provides Farm to Work which facilitates provision of pre-ordered baskets of seasonal, locally-grown produce for purchase.
  • The Employee Assistance Program – Alliance Work Partners provides short-term confidential counseling, work/life services such as financial planning, legal sessions, academic services, etc, and the Safe Ride Home program offering confidential reimbursement for cab rides when employees are unable to safely drive their car home.

Application Process

The City of Austin will not be hiring a management fellow this year (FY 2018).

Why Austin?

This vibrant and dynamic city tops numerous lists for business, entertainment, and quality of life.

One of the country’s most popular, high-profile “green” and culturally dynamic cities, Austin was selected as the “Best City for the Next Decade” (Kiplinger), the “Top Creative Center” in the US ( and #1 on the “On Numbers Economic Index” as the fastest growing economy.

Austin continues to lead the country with its vision of being the “Most livable City in the country,” emerging as a player on the international scene with such events as SXSW, Austin City Limits, and Formula I, as well as being home to companies such as Facebook, Homeaway, Apple, Samsung, Dell, and Seton Healthcare.

From the home of state government and the University of Texas, to the “Live Music Capital of the World” and its growth as a film center, Austin has gained worldwide attention as a hub for education, business, health, and sustainability. With a median age of 31 years, Austin is consistently ranked as a top city for young people as demonstrated by The Business Journal’s naming of Austin as the #1 city for young adults in 2013.

Austin City Government

The City of Austin is a progressive, dynamic, full-service municipal organization operating under the Council-Manager form of government. The Austin City Council City Council is elected from ten single-member districts, with the mayor elected at large. The Mayor and Council Members may serve in their respective seats for a maximum of eight years, or two terms.

The City Council appoints the City Manager who is the chief administrative and executive officer of the city. The City Manager has responsibilities for guiding and directing day-to-day operations as well as providing strategic research, recommendations, and management leadership to the City Council on budget, programs, policies, and services.

The City Manager implements the organization’s administrative responsibilities with a strong team of Assistant City Managers. The City Council and City Manager of Austin are committed to their mission of delivering the highest quality services in the most cost-effective manner. Attracting dedicated and talented recent graduates is a key component in developing our workforce and in making the City of Austin the best-managed city in the country. The Management Fellowship is an intensive program designed to provide challenges and opportunities for fellows while developing management talent for the City.