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Management Assistant Program

The City of Fort Collins Management Assistant program allows current Master of Public Administration students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain valuable career experience in a wide variety of areas of municipal operations. This position provides future municipal leaders with the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals in a community consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the country. The Management Assistant will have the opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of a full-service city. The Management Assistant will be provided the opportunity to work on projects based in a variety of City departments while maintaining a "home base" in the City Manager's Office. Management Assistant will be involved in research, analytical work, and managing special projects. This position represents a one-year internship.

The Management Assistant will be provided the opportunity to work on projects based in a variety of City departments while maintaining a "home base" in the City Manager's Office. Management Assistant will be involved in research, analytical work, and managing special projects. This position represents a one-year internship.

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2017 Recruitment Process

The recruitment process for the 2017-2018 Graduate Management Assistant Program is now open. The application deadline is Friday, January 20th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Applicants shall submit the following to Jackson Brockway in the City Manager's Office at amJyb2Nrd2F5QGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or P.O. Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522

  • A cover letter stating interest and intent
  • A current resume
  • Three references with daytime phone numbers
  • A writing sample of no more than 5 pages

Please submit this information in one .doc/.docx or .pdf file if possible

Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in a field related to Public or Business Administration, Political Science, social sciences or closely related field. Applicants must have completed or substantially completed coursework toward a Master of Public Administration or closely related degree by June 2017.

Current Intern

Jackson Brockway Jackson Brockway will earn his MPA from the University of Kansas in April of 2017. He completed undergraduate work in 2015, graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History with a minor in International Development. Prior to serving as the Graduate Management Assistant, Jackson served as a Management Intern for both Johnson County, KS (2015-2016), and the Town of Windsor, CO (2015), while also working as a Corporate Governance Intern for Woodward, Inc. (2014-2015). Jackson has a strong drive for public service that is reflected by the City of Fort Collin's vision to provide world-class municipal services through operational excellence and a culture of innovation. He is inspired by the cutting edge work that the city of Fort Collins is known for and is honored for the opportunity to serve the community as the Graduate Management Assistant.

Previous Interns

Year Name Location Position
1983-84 Wendy Williams City of Fort Collins, CO Assistant City Manager
  Mark Rohloff City of Oshkosh, WI City Manager
1984-85 Jody Kole Grand Junction, CO Housing Authority Executive Director
  Deborah Sagen University of Colorado - Health Center Associate Director
  Susan Loo City of Louisville, CO City Councilmember
1985-86 Ann Turnquist Poudre Fire Authority Administrative Services Director
  Mark Campbell Multnomah County, OR Acting Chief Financial Officer
  Don Gaeddert City of Larned, KS Retired City Manager
1986-87 Julia Novak Novak Consulting President
  Todd Vance Manassas Group, Roanoke, VA Clinical Psychologist, Adjunct Professor
1989-90 Jon Ruiz City of Eugene, OR City Manager
  Steve VanderMeer Hometown Connections Senior Vice President
1990-91 Kristin Epley University of Colorado - Boulder Sustainability Project Manager
1991-92 Stet Schanze Gray Manufacturing President
2000-01 Heather Brooks Alamosa, CO City Manager
2002-03 Sam McFerran First Church (UCC) Minister of Faith Formation
2011-12 Josh Jones Parowan, UT City Manager
2012-13 Kelly Unger Town of Windsor, CO Assistant to the Town Manager
2013-14 Pamela Weir Goodyear, AZ Assistant to the City Manager
2014-15 Travis Machalek Estes Park, CO Assistant Town Administrator
2015-16 Tyler Marr Fort Collins, CO Policy and Project Analyst