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PRESS RELEASE 10/15/2007
Subject :

Palo Alto Launches Management Fellows Program
Contact : Chris Mogensen, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Palo Alto, City Manager's Office    650-329-2512

Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto announces its first-ever Management Fellows Program for just-graduated master’s degree students in public administration, public affairs, urban planning, environmental management, engineering or related fields. Beginning in July 2008, Fellows will rotate through three city departments during their one year fellowship, develop practical skills by taking on key projects and receive mentoring from local government managers. Fellows will also be involved in a series of learning workshops in collaboration with the Call to Serve Government Recruitment Initiative at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, and will attend the annual California City Managers Conference with Palo Alto City Manager Frank Benest.

The term of the fellowship is July 2008 – June 2009. Fellows will receive an annual salary of $45,000. Vacation leave, sick leave and limited healthcare benefits will be provided for the one-year period. Fellows will be eligible to compete for permanent positions with the City of Palo Alto.

"We’re excited about offering recent graduates the chance to learn about local government from the ground up and kick-start their local government management career," said City Manager Frank Benest. "With a whole generation of baby boomer professionals and managers retiring from local government service, there is great opportunity for young professionals looking to learn new skills, make a difference and build community."

Applicants must be current or recent master’s degree graduates who have earned or will earn their degree by June 2009. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, January 11, 2008. For more information or to request a Management Fellowship application, applicants may contact Cash Alaee at 650-463-4910 or Chris Mogensen at 650-329-2512 or email

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