About the Program

The Government Fellowship Program was developed to engage students enrolled in post-secondary educational institutions by placing them in County Agencies, Departments and Board Offices that are developing and implementing high priority policies and initiatives or that have high demand job classifications.  The goal of the Program is to create a mutually beneficial experience for both students and the County by matching students with County departments based on the students’ interests, skills, and future career goals, so that the students will seriously consider a career in the County.

The Government Fellowship Program is an opportunity for students to get meaningful insight on projects the County undertakes. Some of the projects Fellows have worked on include:

  • Performance metrics in the Sterile Processing Department of the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • County branding for the Voter’s Choice Act
  • Literature review on topics related to Transgender Recruitment and Employment Retention
  • Outreach partnerships with non-profit organizations to refer homeless populations to resources and services
  • Evaluate emerging Surveillance Technologies, such as Facial Recognition and system monitoring technologies
  • Expanding the Know Your Rights campaign to reach the Vietnamese immigrant community
  • Research on risk to human infection of mosquito borne disease in areas with high racial inequities

Fellows receive a stipend of between $3,500 and $8,000 to help offset reasonable living expenses for a term of up to 10 weeks during the summer months. Fellows are afforded the opportunity to network with each other and with professionals in their area of interest.

Interested in applying? More information can be found here.

Want to learn more about what the County of Santa Clara does? A list of the County Agencies and Departments can be found here.​


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