Salary: $23.40/Hr.

The City of Seattle announces the 2023 Mayor’s Public Policy Fellowship Program. This program will feature a cohort of 10 graduate student Fellows who are pursuing masters or doctorate degrees focusing on public policy or a related field. This cohort will work on City of Seattle projects developing public policy and programs for the public good that supports mayoral priorities. During this fellowship, this cohort will network and meet with City leaders and key policymakers to support their public service careers. Fellows are assigned for a 14-week (40 hours per week) summer fellowship from June 14, 2023, to September 20, 2023.

Program Goals:• Provide a meaningful learning opportunity for students and introduce them to City leadership• Introduce the Fellows to City government as a viable and rewarding career path

Application Deadline:
January 10, 2023, 4:00 p.m. PST
If interested in multiple fellowship positions, applicants should apply to each posting individually.

– 2023 Mayor’s Public Policy Fellowship Positions –

City Budget Office – Innovation and Performance
The Innovation and Performance Team is setting the bar nationally for its work driving program performance to better outcomes and accountability to the Seattle public.

Innovation & Performance is a team in the City Budget Office that works to:

  • Drive results of cross-departmental priorities bringing together analytics, design thinking, and evaluation.

  • Provide leadership through robust results-oriented management of high-profile projects.

  • Center on resident experience to define problems and design/re-design government services.

  • Achieve more than the government could do along with non-profit, private, and academic partners.

  • Build capacity for data and design in City departments through project work and sharing.

The City Budget Office Innovation & Performance is seeking a Fellow to assist in developing a Civic Research Agenda that advances Mayoral Initiatives by creating a platform for research and innovation partnerships.  There is an opportunity for the City of Seattle to engage, particularly with academic partners, in a new way and progress the broader goal of making Seattle a better place for everyone to live in.  The Civic Research Agenda is the first step in engaging and catalyzing research that brings in fresh ideas and energy to old problems.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work across multiple programs to create an internal vetting process for department work to ensure alignment and complements work in the Mayor’s Office.  

  • Create an engagement strategy with local universities and the community that includes a website to help filter ideas.

  • Work on program policy development and landscape analysis to enhance our work and ensure our programs are effectively reaching BIPOC goals and communities.

  • Data analysis and report-writing in partnership with city planners to improve our quantitative and qualitative data to inform better our budgeting processes. 

  • Workgroup participation across programs to learn and connect with the diverse programming and understand policies and procedures that apply to each program

For more information, information on how to apply, and to apply, follow this link:


Department of Human Resources – Talent Acquisition
The Department of Human Resources is seeking a Fellow to conduct policy research and analysis to support the implementation and expansion of our new Citywide Flash Mentorship Program. The Fellow supports workforce development efforts to help retain employees, strengthen talent pipelines, and advance racial equity in the workplace.  

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop a citywide mentorship policy by conducting research about comparable public sector mentorship programs and policies. 

  • Analyze City of Seattle mentor program data to understand citywide trends, successes, and challenges; develop recommendations for program improvements and expansion. 

  • Create materials such as reports, fact sheets, presentations, and visuals to communicate with broad audiences about the goals and impacts of the mentorship program. 

  • Research potential funding models to sustain and grow the citywide mentor program using our existing mentorship software. 

  • Apply the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) lens to all work and engage in efforts to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in City government and the broader community. 

For more information, information on how to apply, and to apply, follow this link:

Department of Transportation – Green Fleets
The Fellow will work in the Seattle Department of Transportation Department working on Climate and Environment. developing innovative environmental solutions that foster equity, vibrant communities, and shared prosperity.  This Fellow will work both in the field and office.

The transportation sector is the largest source of carbon emissions in the City. SDOT should be a model for reducing these emissions through our own fleet and activities. Specifically, the Fellow will identify opportunities within SDOT to implement innovative ways to reduce emissions in the transportation sector and ways that SDOT can be a model for that implementation.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Researching and writing reports that feature creative options for obtaining and testing zero-emissions fleet and equipment

  • Creating evaluation frameworks for prioritizing pilots and long-term investments

  • Creating a roadmap for navigating procurement processes to implement pilots and long-term investments

  • Creating a set of case studies and presentation materials for sharing results with peer agencies

For more information, information on how to apply, and to apply, follow this link:

Department of Transportation – Transit & Mobility
The Seattle Department of Transportation is seeking a Fellow to work in the Mobility Solutions Unit’s Bike and Scooter Share program to identify transportation affordability options, propose strategies and write a policy on how to better integrate bike shares and scooter shares programs with public transit.

Job Responsibilities:

Complete research and analysis to identify strategies for-

  • Integrating and connecting micro-mobility (bikes and scooters) to public transit, and making bikes/scooters part of the transit system

  • Identifying and analyzing the feasibility of equitable payment methods in line with payment options for other methods of transportation i.e. Orca integration, transit CO

  • Reducing cost and other barriers to using micromobility options including increasing access to existing reduced fare programs and beyond.

  • Investigating potential business models and identifying opportunities to ensure the long-term fiscal sustainability of bike and scooter share.

  • Other methods for increasing the safety of, and adoption of, micro-mobility as a transportation option.

For more information, information on how to apply, and to apply, follow this link:

Human Services Department – Crime Victim Advocates
The Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking a Fellow to support its efforts to prevent burnout of HSD employees who experience secondary trauma as a result of working with crime victims. The Fellow will research, analyze, and recommend harm reduction models that mitigate the impacts of vicarious trauma on crime victim advocates. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research to learn about models for employee wellness geared toward crime victim advocates (ex: trauma stewardship training, educational materials, protected leave, sabbaticals, FMLA, time off for self-care, etc.). 

  • Interview advocates and other city colleagues to analyze wellness needs for employees experiencing vicarious trauma.  

  • Recommend preventative policies and programs that support employee wellness for crime victim advocates.  

  • Produce written materials for department use such as best practices, policy proposals, and reports to convey the impact of the fellowship project.  

For more information, information on how to apply, and to apply, follow this link:

Human Services Department – Behavioral Health Crisis Response

The Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking a Fellow to conduct an analysis of behavioral health crisis response outreach efforts among service providers in the Seattle area. The project includes researching existing programs, identifying gaps in services provided, and providing recommendations for potential new funding opportunities. 

Job Responsibilities:

Here is more about what you’ll be doing: 

  • Collect data through interviews, literature reviews, and online research to learn about behavioral health crisis response programs offered by city and county service providers. 

  • Analyze data on the existing programs to demonstrate the scope of the programs being offered, where there are gaps/limitations in services provided, and which populations are impacted by those limitations. 

  • Review State, County, and City policies regarding behavioral health outreach/interventions to understand both obligations and restrictions. 

  • Develop a method for documenting the services and agencies offering behavioral health crisis response programs, which can be adopted and maintained by HSD for future program tracking. 

  • Develop recommendations for potential funding opportunities for the City and its partners to expand services for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. 

For more information, information on how to apply, and to apply, follow this link:

Office of Housing – Data Accessibility

The Office of Housing (OH) is seeking a Fellow to work with OH Managers, Management Systems Analysts, and the Communications team to increase OH’s ability to ‘mine’ our data to increase impact, set performance and outcome metrics, and inform policy and investment priorities. The Fellow’s work will inform a dashboard that will make existing OH data more accessible to internal and external stakeholders.  

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with OH policy and program teams to document the kinds of data and internal and external reports they are currently creating and using across the department. 

  • Research other cities’ affordable housing performance metrics – conduct web-based searches and interviews to learn more about their metrics practices and dashboards. 

  • Identify and develop dashboard-style tools, visuals, and maps that bring together existing OH data and make it more accessible to broad audiences. 

  • Ground the research with racial equity analyses to ensure that outcomes and measures are in keeping with the values of the City of Seattle’s RSJI, and data is represented equitably and is accessible to broad audiences. 

For more information, information on how to apply, and to apply, follow this link:

Office of Sustainability and Environment – Communications
The Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) is seeking a Fellow to plan, manage, and implement key communications campaigns for OSE’s climate initiatives. The Fellow will develop a portfolio of environmental policy and communications materials to engage key constituencies and help communicate to residents about the investments and climate policies that are coming to Seattle.  

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop policy expertise in environmental policy areas (such as building and transportation policies); translate complicated public policy into relevant and accessible content for a variety of audiences. 

  • Write policy memos, briefings, and communications recommendations on environmental policy issues to share with the Mayor’s office, other City departments, and the public. 

  • Create content to bring awareness to environmental policy initiatives and milestones like social media posts, videos, fact sheets, and press releases, as well as a final report that provides a quantitative and qualitative measure of the impact of the work.  

  • Build relationships in the community through press outreach, pitch calls, community events, and interviewing community members about how policies are impacting daily lives. 

For more information, information on how to apply, and to apply, follow this link:

Parks and Recreation Department – Policy, Performance, & Property
The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a graduate student to work with the Policy, Performance, and Property Division to help identify the benefits and impacts that the Parks and Recreation programs have on residents’ health and well-being.  This Fellow will work on the research, ideation, and application of qualitative performance metrics for recreation programming so that there is better tracking and reporting on the health and wellness outcomes of our residents using SPR’s recreation programs, services, and/or facilities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Research, ideation, and application of quantitative and qualitative performance metrics.

  • Design and implement research strategies to gather programs and services in the line of sight.

  • Develop and facilitate engagement and participation tactics to gather, assess, and evaluate a set of key performance indicators so that they can be changed/improved to measure qualitative performance metrics.

  • Conduct industry research to identify best industry practices and assess for applicability and adoption at SPR (with minimal start-up and operating costs).

  • Develop an early win strategy for adoption and operation.

For more information, information on how to apply, and to apply, follow this link:


Seattle City Light – Electrification and Strategic Technology
Seattle City Light is seeking a graduate student to join the Energy Innovation and Resources Business Unit/Grid Modernization Unit.  This Fellow will help to strengthen the connection between the Climate Change Research/Resilience Strategy and the Grid Modernization Plan.  

Job Responsibilities:

  • Divide City Light’s T&D service territory into “impact zones” based on the Threat Assessments from the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan

  • Map applicable Grid Modernization capabilities which are defined in City Light’s Grid Modernization Strategic Plan, on the “impact zones” in response to the threats to mitigate their adverse impacts. 

  • Map historically underserved communities within the “impact zones”.

  • Perform cost-benefit analysis to prioritize adaptation actions, consisting of Grid Modernization capabilities according to the severity of climate impacts, both near-term and long-term, and the City’s RSJI policy.

  • Develop a governance plan for implementing actions and assessing effectiveness.

For more information, information on how to apply, and to apply, follow this link:


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