ROC City Fellows Program

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About the ROC City Fellows Program

The City of Rochester's ROC City Fellows Program provides talented graduate and undergraduate students an introduction to the governance, operations, and administration of City government. Through a combination of work experience, seminars, trainings, volunteer service, and tours, students are provided a unique opportunity to learn about City government as well as contributing to our on-going effort to make Rochester the best mid-sized City in the U.S. in which to live, raise a family, visit, and grow a business.  

The City offers a variety of fellowship experiences for students enrolled in an accredited academic program. While some City fellowships are paid,  unpaid fellowships can be used to obtain college credit through arrangements with your school and supervising professor. Explore the fellowship opportunities available listed at the bottom of this page to learn about the program from the participants themselves.

Please note that preference is given to applicants who are City residents and/or graduated from a high school in the City. 

Fellowships are accepted only during the following time frames:

  • Summer Fellowships: March 7 to April 14
  • Fall Fellowships: June 6 to July 29
  • Spring Fellowships: October 3 to November 25

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Government, Politics and Public Service 

The Mayor’s Office offers paid and unpaid fellowships to both graduate and undergraduate students interested in urban affairs, government and politics. These fellowships offer unique opportunities for students to gain exposure to a professional work setting and municipal government and could include tasks related to budget management, special project support and law. Positions are limited. While the department normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply.

  •  Political Science
  •  Urban Studies
  •  Public Policy

 Law Department

The Law Department offers unpaid fellowships to current law school students.  Under the direction of Corporation Counsel, the law department attends to all the City's legal businesses.  Interns are exposed to a wide variety of practice areas, including legislative drafting, contract negotiation, employment and labor law, constitutional and civil rights issues, administrative law, land use and real property law, and litigation.  Interns accompany attorneys appearing in city, state, and federal court,  and may have the opportunity to observe civil trials.

Communications

The Communications Bureau offers paid and unpaid fellowship opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students in areas including journalism, television and radio production, graphic design, website administration, social media marketing, photography, media relations and special events administration. While Communications normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply. Please note that a writing sample will be requested, if applicable.  

  • Communications
  • English
  • Advertising/Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Political Science
  • Special Event Planning
  • Social Media Management

Department of Human Resource Management

The Department of Human Resource Management offers paid and unpaid fellowship opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students interested in areas of Civil Service Administration, Equity, Human Resource Information Systems, Staffing and Recruitment, Benefits Management, Labor Relations and Training & Safety.  The fellowship is designed to provide hands-on experience in public sector human resource management.  The fellow will work with the City of Rochester's Human Resources Team to develop key initiatives and be part of meaningful projects that contribute to the success of the City of Rochester.  Responsibilities may include general administrative and/or research functions for the purpose of developing a working knowledge of a targeted area in municipal government.

  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Administration
  • Organizational Management
  • Public Administration

 Information Technology 

The Department of Information Technology offers paid fellowships to both graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of information systems, graphic information systems, business process re-engineering and server and client support. Responsibilities may include assisting in identifying analysis of IT workflow processes, in identifying automotive opportunities in an IT environment and in gathering, tracking, and reporting information. While IT normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply.

  • Information Technology
  • Computer Sciences
  • Computer Engineering

Environmental Services

The Department of Environmental Services offers paid fellowships to both graduate and undergraduate students in the Bureaus of Architecture & Engineering, Building Services, Environmental Quality, Fleet Services, and the Water Bureau. Responsibilities may include helping provide a safe, clean and attractive community through efficient planning and design. While DES normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply. 

  • Architecture 
  • Automotive Technology
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences/Management/Sustainability  
  • Surveying
  • Urban Forestry

Neighborhood and Business Development

The Neighborhood and Business Development department offers paid and unpaid fellowships to both graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as business and housing development and inspection and compliance services. Responsibilities may include performing research, business analysis, business mailings, and administrative and data entry tasks. Individuals should have a desire to assist in business growth and development. While NBD normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply.

  • Political Science
  • Public Policy 
  • City and Regional Planning

Rochester Police Department

The Rochester Police Department offers unpaid fellowship opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students. Note that highly motivated high school students may also be considered. Interns are assigned to specific units or officers, where they become part of a team, and may be assigned clerical work to assist the officer and/or staff. While RPD normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply. Please note that all RPD fellowships are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workdays. Positions are limited.

  • Criminal Justice
  • Sociology
  • Political Science

Rochester Animal Services (RAS)

The RAS seeks fellows to help with the following functions:

  • Customer service, greeters, triage
  • Administrative assistant, data entry
  • Community outreach (neighborhoods)
  • Dog care
  • Cat care
  • Clinic support
  • Special events (tabling events)
  • General shelter support (laundry, dishes, windows, gardening)

Department of Recreation and Human Services

The Department of Recreation and Human Services offers a variety of unpaid fellowship possibilities and college credit opportunities for college students interested in gaining experience in the areas of recreation, recreation management, positive youth development and youth work, community planning and special events, and communications. Depending on your time and how many hours you will need to complete your internship, you will be able to be a part of an activity or a program that the Department offers with the opportunity for evening and weekend hours.  The Department of Recreation and Youth Services accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in the areas listed below:

  •  Recreation and Leisure Studies
  •  Human Services
  •  Criminal Justice
  •  Urban Studies
  •  Community Youth Development and/or Social Work

Flower City AmeriCorps offers paid service opportunities for adults aged 17 and older. Full- and part-time positions are available to qualified individuals interested in alleviating the symptoms of poverty in Rochester while earning a living allowance and gaining invaluable job experience. Flower City AmeriCorps members are placed in sites within the City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services, the Rochester Public Library, select Neighborhood Service Centers, and other community agencies whose focus is on anti-poverty services in Rochester.