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. This program will match eligible and selected fellows with surrounding local government sponsors based on skills, education, experience, and the preferences of both parties.

NOTICE: THE VLGMF PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO PREPARE THOSE VETERANS SEEKING A CAREER IN PROFESSIONAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT AND NOT FOR ANY POLITICAL OFFICE.

 
To qualify, you must be a service member/veteran/spouse who: 
  • If active duty must be within 180 days of transition out of military service.

  • Holds a bachelor’s degree with 3+ years of leadership experience (or equivalent related experience) OR

  • Holds an associate’s degree with 5+ years of leadership experience (or equivalent related experience) OR

  • Is enrolled and has the intent to complete a bachelor’s degree in the next 3 years.

  • Has a strong interest in serving in local government management.

  • Possesses one or more of the following areas of experience that are relevant to local government management: international local government experience, public affairs, information operations and public relations, engineering, public works, utilities, human resources, procurement and contract management, public policy analysis, law enforcement, information technology, fire or EMS services, public finance, strategic management, parks and recreation, project or program management, economic development, fleet/facilities management, and business or public administration.

  • If active duty, has command approval (first O5 if staying local) to participate with signed memorandum or installation approval form 

ICMA Benefits:

Those individuals placed in a VLGMF host community receive the following complimentary benefits:

  • ICMA membership for two years.
  • Registration to one ICMA Annual Conference.
  • Registration to one ICMA Regional Conference.
  • ICMA's Management Assessment.
  • Subscription to PM magazine.
  • Local Government 101 Certificate.

Related Content:

Local Government Management: A Career Overview

Careers in Local Government Management

Choosing a Career in Local Government

Why Consider a Career in Local Government?

Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship Briefing

Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship Work Plan.

Questions? Contact ICMA at veterans@icma.org.

DISCLAIMER: THE VLGMF PROGRAM IS A DOD APPROVED SKILLBRIDGE ORGANIZATION, BUT IT IS A NON-FEDERAL ENTITY. 

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