Fellowship Program                                                                      now accepting applications for                              round 8 (2023-2024)

The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) Public Service Fellowship Program is a paid nine-month professional development opportunity that equips students to enter government careers. This Fellowship is a focused effort to allow participants to gain hands-on public sector experience in agencies in Western Riverside County while enriching the local community.

Placement in the Fellowship Program is based on a matching process where the interests and abilities of the selected Fellow are paired with the opportunities at a prospective host agency. All Fellows work 20 to 30 hours a week at their host agency and receive compensation of $20.00 an hour. As an additional benefit, WRCOG also hosts monthly Professional Development Sessions, which provide informational and networking opportunities for participants.

Since its inception, the Program has facilitated six cohorts training 80 Fellows who have contributed 75,000 hours of service in Western Riverside County. Their work ranges from economic development efforts to transportation infrastructure projects. Many Fellow alumni are gainfully employed throughout Western Riverside County, while others have pursued advanced degrees at prestigious universities and much more.


  • Undergraduate college seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • All academic backgrounds are considered – public policy, business, and engineering/urban planning backgrounds are strongly encouraged!

The Fellowship Experience:

Curious about what Fellows accomplish during the program? Check out The Fellowship Experience booklet that highlights four Fellow alumni and their experiences in the Program.

Round 8 Cohort

Recruitment for the 2023/2024 Fellowship cohort is now open. To apply, please fill out the application packet and email it to fellowship@wrcog.us. Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis for placements in the following host agencies:

  • City of Eastvale, Planning Department
  • City of Eastvale, Economic Development Department
  • City of Hemet, Fire & Life Safety Department 
  • Western Municipal Water District (Human Resources/Safety, Engineering, Operations, Water Resources)

For questions regarding the Fellowship Program and any potential placement opportunities, please email fellowship@wrcog.us.

Round 8 Host Agencies

If you are a WRCOG member agency interested in hosting a fellow, please fill out the application packet.