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Enlist the intelligence, fresh ideas, and energy of a truly exceptional graduate student passionate about public service to perform an analysis, complete a project, or work on a problem currently facing your organization

Take a look at our 2016 Cohort Directory!

Follow these links for Hatfield Fellow and Oregon Summer Candidates!

An easy way to obtain low-risk, high-impact affordable talent

These two companion Fellowships deliver the best value when sponsors recognize how well they can work in tandem with each other.  The greatest impact can be achieved when a sponsoring organization initially deploys one or more Oregon Summer Fellows to work on several key projects.  Those who demonstrate high potential and organizational fit can then be invited back the next year upon completion of their graduate studies directly into the Hatfield Residency program. (Read more about Tapping Tomorrow's Talent Today.pdf)

This approach allows the sponsoring organization to recruit and assess potential employees from a national talent pool based on real experience and contribution.  For the Fellows, it provides an opportunity to understand the mission and assess the culture of a prospective employer while they enhance their qualifications (knowledge, skills, and abilities) and the beginnings of their local professional network. 

Bottom line:  Sponsors with a “strategic sourcing” perspective are able to use both Fellowships to field test talented prospective employees who have gained invaluable on-site experience, perspective, and relationships that can be levered into a permanent hire.

“There’s no way we could have done as comprehensive a job or leveraged as much out of this opportunity if [our Hatfield Resident Fellow] hadn’t taken it on” – Communications Manager, Lane County

Cost of Sponsoring a Fellow & Program Dates

  • $40,000 for each Hatfield Resident Fellow

Dates: 7/5/16-2/24/17 with Winter Break: 12/19/16-12/30/16

Fellows work 32 hours per week for 32 weeks

  • $10,500 for each Oregon Summer Fellow

Dates: Variable

Fellows work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks

Benefits of Sponsoring a Fellow

  • Completion of project requirements by a highly capable Fellow
  • Ability to use the program to learn about, shape, and develop Oregon's next generation of public service leaders
  • Access to a far-reaching network of strategic sources of talent that you can easily utilize over time. This could be especially attractive if your organization is facing a large talent drain in the next few years

About Our Fellows

Our Fellows are national-class caliber.  Most come from universities repeatedly listed in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of America’s best graduate schools in public affairs, business, industrial engineering, information technology and other disciplines relevant to government and nonprofit organizations

Most Fellows have some prior work experience in government.  Some hold multiple degrees.  A few have even been Fulbright Scholars

All Fellows undergo a highly competitive screening process and complete three or five days of training at the Hatfield School of Government. Please view our 2016 Directory of Fellows to see where our talent matches your need.

Sponsor Requirements

Sponsors are expected to sign an intergovernmental agreement with Portland State University as well as provide the following for both Oregon Summer Fellows and Hatfield Resident Fellows:

  • Customary office resources, such as assigned work space, office supplies, telephone, computer, etc. required by any knowledge worker in the organization.
  • Organizational introduction and orientation
  • Assignment to a manager to supervise the fellow and serve as a mentor
  • Manager should define and document the project(s) to be undertaken
  • Manager should help the fellow understand organizational culture
  • Manager should foster introductions to agency staff and provide other networking opportunities
  • Manager should provide periodic feedback and end-of-program evaluation to the fellow
  • Organization and CPS will conduct periodic and end-of-program evaluation of the fellow and the program

Fellow Assignments

Although not required, the most successful fellowship experiences have involved one major assignment that the Fellow can really focus their time, energy, and learning outcomes on, along with 1-2 minor assignments, often in the form of a rotation to another organization in the sponsoring agency.  This provides the Fellow with a broader perspective of the operation and the sponsor with several work products. Organizations can sponsor more than one Fellow from one or both programs at a time.

Selecting a Fellow for your Organization

Early Bird Preview: Prospective sponsors who email George Beard ( an “early bird” request for a 2016 Fellow any time before February 19, 2016 will get early review and first draft choice privileges for the candidate(s) of their choosing before the open placement process begins on February 29!  There is no commitment to sponsor a Fellow at this stage.*

Placement Process Begins on February 29, 2016: Prospective sponsors notified and provided roster of the 2016 Oregon Summer Fellows and Hatfield Resident Fellows from which they can request specific resumes, references, and essay responses candidates under consideration.

Fellow Selection Process takes place February 19, 2016 - May 31, 2016: Once you have reviewed the Fellow roster (provided upon request and emailed to sponsors with expressed interest February 29, 2016), begin the Fellow selection process:

1) Email George Beard ( with a list of Fellows you are interested in interviewing

2) George will introduce you to the Fellows and you are able to interview each Fellow.  Fellows located locally may be able to meet in person.  Fellows who are located elsewhere are typically interviewed telephonically.

3) If you find an applicant who you would like to bring on as a Fellow, make the offer directly to the Fellow and let George Beard know of the decision.

4) Ask your Fellow to formally accept the offer

- For Oregon Summer Fellow: Decide on program dates based on the Fellow's school schedule. The Fellow must be excused from work to attend our institute June 13-15, 2016.

- For Hatfield Resident Fellow: Program dates are July 5, 2016 - February 24, 2017.  The Fellowship kicks off with a four-day institute July 5-8, 2016.  The Fellow's first day at the placement site is July 11, 2016.

5) Complete the intergovernmental agreement (or organizational agreement) between your organization and Portland State University.

*Early Bird Sponsors: Simply describe your prospective need or project in 1-2 paragraphs. Please note any special skills and/or academic backgrounds that would likely be associated with your “ideal Fellow.” In return, we will actively recruit from those national programs whose graduates align well with your needs. You’ll then get a chance to interview candidates before making a final selection. And there’s no obligation for a Sponsor to participate in the program if they don’t find the right match. Your early involvement will in turn help in our shared recruiting efforts to bring talented and diverse next generation leaders to Oregon’s public organizations.