Fellowship Program

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 $17.50 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 75 Fellows who have contributed 72,000 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.

​Eligibility:

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

​The Fellowship Experience:


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

2022/2023 Fellowship Cohort:


Recruitment for the 2022/2023 Fellowship cohort will open in Summer of 2022. Please check back for further updates.

For questions regarding the Fellowship Program, please email fellowship@wrcog.us