Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship

A career-development opportunity designed to generate interest in local government careers among service members who are transitioning out of the military.

What is the VLGMF?

The Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship (VLGMF) is sponsored by local community governments throughout the ICMA Mountain Plains Region. The fellowship is a 16 to 20 week program, in partnership with Department of Defense Military Installations, designed to provide a comprehensive experience for service members who are transitioning out of military service and who have an interest in local government. The goals of the program are to provide a broad-based degree of experience for the fellow, equipping him or her with leadership skills to succeed in local government.

Fellows are mentored directly by either the local government manager, department director, or senior manager while conducting highly responsible work for various departments of the organization. Since local government is highly diverse and this position requires a great degree of involvement in areas such as utilities, public safety, economic development, financial management, public works, and community development, the fellow will receive a broad base of experience. Each fellow’s experience will be tailored to him or her, depending on the needs of the organization and the experiential desires of the fellow.

Who is eligible?

Service members who: 

  • Are on active duty and within 180 days of transition (separation or retirement) from military service. 
  • Hold a bachelor's degree with 3+ years of leadership experience (or equivalent related experience) OR hold an associate's degree with 5+ years of leadership experiences (or equivalent related experience) WITH the intent to complete their bachelor's degree in the next 2-3 years. 
  • Have a strong interest in serving in local government management and will seek employment in local government following completion of the fellowship. 
  • Possess one or more of the following areas of experience that are relevant to local government management: international local government experience, public affairs, information operations and public relations, engineering, public works, utilities, human resources, public policy analysis, law enforcement, information technology, fire or EMS services, public finance, strategic management, parks and recreation, public health, fleet or facilities maintenance, project or program management, economic development, and business or public administration.
  • Have the support of their commander (or equivalent). 
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