Fellowship Program

About the Program
The City of Hamilton, Ohio’s Fellowship Program comprises of 3 11-month post-graduate fellowships preparing individuals for a dynamic, upper management-oriented career in city management, utilities, engineering, economic development. This competitive, nationally-recognized program has been attracting students from top graduate schools, including Indiana University (SPEA), Miami University, Ohio State University, and Syracuse University (Maxwell School), since its initiation in 2011.

Challenging Work
If you are interested in challenging and stimulating public-sector work, this is an excellent opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a progressive and historically significant city. This program gives selected participants unique access and insight into the efforts of a mid-sized city government working to resolve some of its most pressing issues, and provides unparalleled opportunities to meet and network with executives, managers, and elected officials.

Project
The selected Fellows will undertake a variety of short and long-term management-level projects, both self-initiated and assigned, related to the successful operations of the City of Hamilton. These assignments typically entail, but are not limited to: research and analysis of best practices, development of standard policies and procedures, strategic planning and implementation, budgeting, performance measurement and management, and assistance in obtaining grants and other funding.
Past Projects and Responsibilities
  • Participate in the City’s innovation and sustainability work group
  • Preparing and monitoring utility-wide operating and capital budgets, with revenues in excess of $138.6 million and expenditures (including capital) in excess of $172 million
  • Participating in revitalization efforts for Hamilton’s urban core
  • Working with IBM on Smarter City Initiatives
  • Using GIS for storm water flow analysis
  • Developing a 10-year, life cycle-based, strategic capital budget
  • Creating and maintaining operational/financial performance management database
  • Building relationships with business community
  • Conducting feasibility analysis of converting city fleet to CNG
  • Managing communications and public relations for development projects and strategic City initiatives
  • Drafting safety and emergency management plans for the City’s hydroelectric facilities
Green Award Recipients
Past Fellows (far left and far right) receive Honorable Mention Award at the Business Courier's Green Business Awards for the Meldahl Hydroelectric Plant.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Become a Fellow
Qualifications
Prospective candidates will possess a master’s degree from an accredited graduate program in a related field by July 1, 2016 (see individual Fellowship descriptions). The City of Hamilton is looking for creative, passionate, bright Fellows who are dedicated to in reinventing government, reinventing “rustbelt,” and imprinting their ideas on the fabric of a city, and:
  • Innovative: Bring bold perspectives and offer unique outside experiences to the organization.
  • Energetic: Provide enthusiasm and focused energy to important high-priority projects.
  • Versatile: Play an important role coordinating, facilitating and managing projects that require the involvement of multiple departments and utilize various skill sets.
  • Leaders: Be dedicated to becoming effective leaders by gaining experience in different aspects of local government.
Millenials
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Successful Fellows will have the requisite skills, knowledge, and ability to:
  • Perform complex business and statistical analyses and communicate the results in a clear and concise manner
  • Make sound business decisions under tight deadlines
  • Effectively engage a diverse audience and present information to citizens, city management and employees, and elected officials
  • Work well independently and in a team setting
Post-Fellowship - Building a Career
One of the goals of this Fellowship Program is to prepare the selected individuals for a successful career in utilities, engineering, economic development, and/or local government. In this aim, Hamilton provides all its Fellows with professional development opportunities designed to give them a fast-track experience to upper management. Although post-fellowship employment with the City is not guaranteed, past Fellows have been hired into the City Manager’s office and Department of Energy Management and Utility Business Affairs following their fellowship.
Past Fellows