The Cookingham-Noll Management Fellowship is a two year experience that offers recent graduates of Public Administration (or related) Master’s programs a two year experience that gives fellows a “360-degree tour of the city.” This includes rotations in the City Manager’s Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and other departments of their choice. Fellows will also attend and participate in several meetings each week with the City Manager and other City leadership throughout their time as a fellow. This is a 2 year term, full-time, paid position with the City.
The fellowship is one of the longest running in the country and has provided a great learning opportunity to over 100 city management fellows to date. Our alumni have gone on to rewarding jobs within municipal, state, and federal government, as well as not for profit organizations. Kansas City is committed to making its fellowship the best in the country and ensures its fellows receive an advanced learning experience by contributing to meaningful projects. The two year opportunity will prove demanding, and highly valuable for fellows, as they develop skills, informed perspectives, and relationships that further their career in city management.
See what Fellowship Alumni have to say
“The Cookingham-Noll Fellowship afforded me the opportunity to gain exposure and knowledge in a variety of areas of local government. It was an invaluable experience that helped me discover a career path that I feel passionate about.”
– Katherine Carttar, Economic Development Analyst, City of Kansas City, MO.
“The fellowship is a unique opportunity to see Kansas City from all different perspectives – from high-level managers to field employees, across all departments. By the end of the fellowship, I felt like I had gained a 360 degree view of the city that allowed me to pursue many different career paths within the organization.”
– Kate Bender, Senior Performance Analyst, City of Kansas City, MO.
“The Fellowship helped me hone skills that I will continue to use throughout the span of my career in public administration. I was able to do work that was of value for myself and the organization which helped me land a permanent job as a Budget Analyst with the City.”
– Jordan Brown, Budget Analyst, City of Kansas City, MO.
My participation in the Kansas City Management Fellowship program was my first real exposure to city management . My prior graduate school studies and volunteer work with city government were a good start, but the Kansas City Fellowship program provided hands on training for my exciting launch into City government. The opportunity to do meaningful work in the City Manager’s Office and various city departments was a great foundation for my future career.
-Steve Hall, City Manager of Olympia, WA.
“Throughout my professional career, I have often thought about my days as a Cookingham Fellow at Kansas City, MO. The Fellowship provided me an opportunity to work closely with many of the “top tier” professionals in their field. My assigned projects were meaningful and helped build a stronger resume for future employment opportunities. Since Kansas City, my career path has been in “small to medium-sized” communities. Today I serve as the City Manager for Lee’s Summit, approximately one-third the size of Kansas City, MO. Despite this career path towards smaller organizations, I continue to benefit from the Kansas City Fellowship experience.”
-Stephen Arbo, City Manager of Lee’s Summit, MO.
Questions about the fellowship can be directed to current fellows Drew Vincent (email@example.com) and Javon Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Learn more about the Fellowship experience on the program’s Tumblr page.
Now Closed for the 2017-2019 Fellowship
The program is designed to attract, develop, and retain talented individuals with an interest in a local government management career. The City is eager to receive applications and submissions from qualified candidates (individuals who will have completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration or related field by June 2017), and begin the selection process for this prestigious opportunity.
Applications and Submissions
Thank you for your interest in the Cookingham-Noll Management Fellowship. The application for the 2017-2019 cohort is now closed. Applicants who are selected to go to the next stage will be notified via email and asked to submit the following materials:
- Cover letter
- Three letters of recommendations
- Writing sample
- Instructions and prompt for the writing sample will be provided
Interview and Selection Stage
Select candidates will be invited to City Hall to conduct in-person interviews. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified mid February, 2017. The interview process will take place in early March, with the chosen candidates notified within 7-14 days following the interviews. The City will choose two qualified candidates to serve as Cookingham-Noll Fellows, beginning in June, 2017.