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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.

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2018 Recruitment Process

The recruitment process for the 2018-2019 Graduate Management Assistant Program will open in Fall 2017. Please check back for updates.

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

Alyssa Johnson Alyssa Johnson earned her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in advanced policy analysis methods from the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs in May of 2017. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in political science and communications from the University of Minnesota in 2016, combining her final year of undergraduate studies with her first year of graduate school. Alyssa is excited to learn from and contribute to the City of Fort Collins’ innovative, sustainable, and community-focused work using her experiences from positions in an academic institution and in city and county organizations. The City’s unique vision to provide world-class municipal services through operational excellence and a culture of innovation aligns with her commitment to public service and passion for challenging the status quo. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community of Fort Collins 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
2016-17 Jackson Brockway Fort Collins, CO Economic Health Business Analyst