Albany County, the largest municipal government in the Capital District, is offering a Fellowship opportunity for graduate students. Albany County serves a population of over 300,000 residents through providing social services, public health and safety, and building and repair of public infrastructure. Preference will be given to students pursing a Public Administration, Political Science, or related degree.
The Albany County Graduate Fellowship
This Fellowship will be part-time during the academic semesters with the option of full-time employment during school breaks. Fellows will rotate between County Departments (i.e. Public Works, Social Services, and/or Finance) during the course of the Fellowship to gain a well rounded, immersive experience in local government. The Graduate Fellowship offers:
- Competitive hourly pay
- Experience with policy and programmatic development
- Flexibility to balance academic studies with professional experience
- Professional development the
2024-2025 Participating Departments
The following departments will be participating in the 2024-2025 Fellowship. Students will be matched with a department that best fits their experience and area of study.
- County Attorney’s Office: The County Attorney’s Office is the chief legal advisor for Albany County. The attorneys in this office deal with a wide range of topics including defense against civil proceedings brought against the county, real property matters, and prosecuting cases of abuse or neglect. Fellows assigned to this department can expect to work on projects such as organization evaluation and corresponding recommendations for best practices, implementation of digital processes such as contract management or electronic signatures, and intradepartmental surveys to collect feedback about services rendered by the County Attorney’s Office.
- Economic Development: The Department of Economic Development creates economic opportunity through policies and projects that focus on business development, retaining and attracting jobs, promoting Albany County and enhancing qualify of life. Fellows assigned to this department can expect to work on data analysis, communication with stakeholders, and policies and projects such as expanding access to reliable and affordable broadband in Albany County’s cities, towns, and villages.
- Parks and Recreation: The Department of Parks and Recreation provides structured programming and informal opportunities for Albany County residents to recreate. Fellows assigned to this department will work on projects such as community surveys and data analysis to identify populations of underserved residents, assisting with the creation of the Department’s Strategic Plan, and policy review to ensure all programs comply with state and local regulations.
- Management and Budget: The Department of Management and Budget ensures the wise and prudent use of Albany County’s financial resources. Management information and assistance is provided to all County departments, enabling them to provide the highest quality programs and services to customers at the lowest possible cost to the County’s taxpayers.
- Information Services: maintains the County computer network, provides technology training to the County workforce, and helps County employees get the most out of computer technology used in providing services to the residents of Albany County.