Posted Date 1 week ago(3/9/2018 4:08 PM)
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Regular Full-Time
Boston City Council
Cco City Council Members
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This will be a 10-week, full-time fellowship. Start and end dates to be finalized with Councilor Wu’s office.


To Apply: Submit resume, cover letter, & project proposal in a single PDF


Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu serves as an At-Large Councilor representing all of Boston’s neighborhoods. Her office is offering a paid summer policy fellowship for a local graduate student to contribute a meaningful policy project in line with Councilor Wu’s focus on climate change, income inequality, and systemic racism. This fellowship opportunity is open to current graduate school students who will be residing in Boston during the summer. The fellowship may also include attending community meetings, managing and responding to constituent services requests, and providing staff support to the Councilor.


About the City Council

The City Council is the legislative body of the City of Boston; it creates, passes, and amends local laws, and approves the City's budget every year to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of city services for all Boston residents, businesses, and agencies. The City Council is made up of 9 District Councilors and 4 At-Large Councilors. Councilors are elected every two years to be the voice of the citizens and to establish public policy to meet the continuous and changing needs of Boston. To learn more and to get a full list of all the legislative committees, please visit


Applicants are asked to submit a one-page proposal outlining a policy project related to climate change, income inequality, and/or systemic racism in Boston. The ideal project will result in actionable recommendations for the City of Boston to make progress on one or more of these issues. For example, convening community meetings to draft food policy legislation; preparing a detailed budget and proposed funding mechanism for cycling infrastructure to complete a low-stress cycling network; analyzing MBTA bus ridership to suggest changes for residents’ economic mobility; organizing a policy conference on mental health. Please be creative in proposing a project that fits with your expertise and areas of interest, and that is also realistic for a 10-week time-frame.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Open to graduate students from all disciplines, including but not limited to: Public Policy, Public Administration, Law, Business, Public Health, Social Work
  • Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to conduct independent research
  • Knowledge of City government a plus
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize work, ensure timely follow-up, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule to attend occasional meetings in the evenings

Please submit resume, cover letter, and a 1-page project proposal related to to income inequality, systemic racism and/or climate change. Please submit these documents in a single PDF or Microsoft Word file when applying on the career center for this position.


Boston Residency Required during fellowship period.


Compensation; Academic Credit


The selected fellow will receive a $6000 stipend. Students seeking academic credit must make arrangements with their academic advisor, professor, or department chair.


Hours per week: 35


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