Civic Fellowship Program

*2024 Civic Fellowship Applications Will Open in Spring* 

Program Overview

The City of Woodland Civic Fellowship Program is an 8-week paid summer fellowship program for individuals early in their careers seeking public service experience. This program invests in our local workforce and fosters passion for careers in the public sector. During the eight-week program, fellows will work within a city department and participate in program-wide activities. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2+ years of high school education
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Some departments may require work experience and/or possession of a valid CA driver's license
  • Must demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in the public sector
  • Local Woodland knowledge is preferred

2024 Program Information Coming Soon

2023 Program 

2023 Program Flyer

Summer 2023 Fellow Descriptions

Fellow positions may vary each year. 

Information Technology Analyst, Administrative Services Department

The IT Fellow will learn the fundamentals of networking, including wired and wireless technologies. In addition, the fellow will conduct wireless signal surveys of City Facilities, interpret the survey data, recommend changes for existing access point placement and/or configuration, and report their findings. Prior wireless signal survey experience is not required. 

Communications and Sustainability Analyst, Office of Equity, Engagement, Economy, & Environment

The City Manager's Fellow will work in the Office of Equity, Engagement, Economy, and Environment to strengthen the communications of the City. This includes social media promotions, updating the City's website relating to the Equity Action Plan, Civic Fellowship Program, and Housing, assisting with the launch of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Audit, and creating small business guides. 

Public Education Specialist, Community Development - Planning Division

The Planning Fellow will create public interfacing guidance documents. Depending on the timing of the code update, the Fellow may assist with the preparation of public meetings for the Public Review Zoning Code. The ideal candidate is a college upperclassmen in a public policy, planning, or environmental design-related program with strong design and writing skills.  

Public Education & Grants Specialist, Fire Department

The Fire Department Fellow will work with the City Fire Marshall to create a Public Education Toolkit for City Staff, organize and refresh materials in Emergency Operation Centers, assist with analysis of inspections, and research strategic grant funding opportunities.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Analyst, Community Services Department (CSD)

The CSD Fellow will review City of Woodland demographics and create surveys to assess the diversity of summer program participants as well as temporary summer staff. They will then analyze data from the surveys, prepare reports, and present findings to CSD Staff. 

Communications & Outreach Specialist, Police Department

The Police Department Fellow will support National Night Out (NNO) through event communications, volunteer recruitment, and registration. Additionally, the fellow will review the Police Department website and develop additional recruitment and outreach strategies for the Youth Police Advisory Council.

Maker Camp Leader, Library 

The Library Fellow run the day-to-day operations of Maker Camp in Square One, a summer camp focused on STEM activities for youth. This will involve creating weekly themes, choosing activities, compiling supply lists and purchase requests, and directing campers and support staff through daily activities. The ideal candidate is a college graduate or student nearing completion and looking for experience teaching in STEM. 

Strategic Policy Analyst, Public Works Department 

The Public Works Fellow will organize and analyze existing policies, recommend policy updates, work with Human Resources and the City Attorney to explain and implement their recommendations, and make updated policies available to all Public Works Staff. The ideal candidate studies or has experience with Human Resources, Public/Business Administration, or a closely related field. 

2023 Program Activities

Program activities may vary each year. 

YoloWorks! Professional Development Workshops

Fellows attended workshops run by YoloWorks! staff at the YoloWorks! Career Center. Workshop topics included resume review, interview practice, career roadmaps, etc.

Elected Officials Panel

Fellows had the opportunity to have meaningful interactions with elected City Council members and Yolo County Supervisor Board members. They had the opportunity to ask questions regarding background, career journey, their experience as an elected official, and more.

electedofficialspanelCivic Fellows with Elected Officials Panel

Department Heads Panel

Fellows engaged in substantive conversation with Department Heads. They had the opportunity to ask questions regarding background, career journey, their experience as a public servant, and more.

Nonprofit Field Trip

Fellows took tours of local nonprofits that serve the Woodland community including the Woodland Food Closet, The East Beamer Neighborhood Campus/Fourth & Hope, AgStart, and Advance Peace.

Square One Library Visit

Fellows learned about the Woodland Public Library's unique history and explored the many resources available including books, adventure packs, and the Square One Makerspace, which features laser cutters, 3D printers, a woodshop, electronics, and more.

squareoneCivic Fellows at the Library's Square One Makerspace

Water Pollution Control Facility Visit

Fellows had a tour of the Woodland Water Pollution Control Facility. They learned about the water treatment process within the city and the Pollution Prevention Program.  

watervisitCivic Fellows at the Public Works' Water Pollution Control Facility