Public School was established as a non-profit organization in 2016 by Dave Seliger, the former lead for talent innovation at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Tech + Innovation. Public School is tackling local government’s retirement crisis by creating talent pipelines into government and recruiting from the communities representative of those that government serves. Our organization believes that a new generation of public servants is essential to enabling local government to design and deliver easy-to-use, efficient, and effective public services for all.

Public School’s model for workforce development is built around designing and implementing public service fellowships in collaboration with local governments and public universities. Each fellowship serves graduating college seniors with barriers to employment and provides them with the training and mentorship needed to be successful in government. The fellowships are focused on specific career pathways, including program management, po...
Public School was established as a non-profit organization in 2016 by Dave Seliger, the former lead for talent innovation at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Tech + Innovation. Public School is tackling local government’s retirement crisis by creating talent pipelines into government and recruiting from the communities representative of those that government serves. Our organization believes that a new generation of public servants is essential to enabling local government to design and deliver easy-to-use, efficient, and effective public services for all.

Public School’s model for workforce development is built around designing and implementing public service fellowships in collaboration with local governments and public universities. Each fellowship serves graduating college seniors with barriers to employment and provides them with the training and mentorship needed to be successful in government. The fellowships are focused on specific career pathways, including program management, policy and planning, communications and outreach, technology development, and administration and finance.

Fellows receive competitive salaries and benefits while working in one-year positions at a government agency, as well as one month of full-time training on problem-solving skills prior to their placement. Throughout the program, Fellows participate in monthly workshops, hear from agency executives, and receive mentorship from senior managers. At the conclusion of the program, Fellows will take a special civil service test in order to convert to permanent city employment.
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