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Fellowship Program {Pilot}

The fellowship program is a career-development opportunity designed to attract individuals interested in a pursuing a career in local government. Upon successful completion of the program, fellows will be optimally positioned to be considered for placement in a full-time role consistent with the priorities needs and openings in the organization at the time. This initiative supports the County Manager’s commitment to enhancing Gaston County’s succession planning efforts and the continuous improvement work to support a culture of innovation and performance.  The program is modeled after the ICMA local government fellowship program.

Candidates are selected based on initiative, motivation, academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential, and customer service mindset, commitment to public service, communication skills, and positive attitude. Fellowship appointments are for up to 12 months, consisting of 6 month appointments with a renewable option for an additional 6 months. Assignments are determined based on county priorities and needs, workload demands, and project opportunities within departments where the utilization of a fellow can be most advantageous for both the county and the fellow. During the fellowship period, fellows will receive direct mentorship from a senior leader in the Gaston County organization.

Program Content and Design

  • Program Orientation
  • Education and on the job training
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Networking
  • Check-ins and performance evaluation

Minimum Qualifications

Education: An undergraduate degree is required. Master’s degree is preferred and fellows are encouraged to seek academic credit for the program if desired.


  • Be legally able to work in the United States.
  • Undergo a criminal background check and drug screening prior to participation in the program.
  • Able to devote 30-40/hrs. a week for the duration of the program. Internal applicants will have to work with their director in regards to their schedule to assure their normal job duties are able to be completed.
Gaston County Fellowship Application