What is the VLGMF Program?

The Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship is a 12-to-25-week Department of Defense SkillBridge Program that provides transitioning service members with management training and hands-on experience in the local government environment to prepare them for smooth transitions into local government careers.



Lt. Col. Dean Huard and Lynn Phillips explain the process, benefits, and challenges of ICMA's Veterans in Local Government Management Program for transitioning service members and local governments.



Cohort 1
January - April (Applications closed)

Cohort 2
May - August (Applications open in January)

Cohort 3
September - December (Applications open in May)


What is Local Government Management?

Do you like to make things work more efficiently and cost effectively? Do you enjoy bringing out the best in the people you work with? Do you want to make a real difference in the city, town, or county where you live and work? If you answered yes to these questions, consider a career as a professional local government manager!


The fellowship is a 12-to-25-week Department of Defense SkillBridge Program

The application process traditionally begins three months prior to the beginning of a cohort

ICMA Host Organizations make the VLGMF possible