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Urban Leadership Fellows Program

The Municipal Forum of New York, Inc.

Urban Leadership Fellows Program 2020

The Urban Leadership Fellows (ULF) Program is sponsored by The Municipal Forum of New York, Inc., and managed by Futures and Options.  The purpose of the six-week, paid internship program is to enable New York City high school seniors to gain valuable hands-on work experience and training in the municipal finance industry.

Program for 2020

Regretfully, The ULF Program for Summer 2020 has been cancelled. Please check back next year for updated dates.  

Admission Process

  • This is a competitive program with limited space available. The priority application deadline is Friday, January 24, 2020. The final application deadline is Friday, February 28, 2020.
  • Please attach the following documents when submitting your application: 
    • Your resume
    • Your transcript
    • a 500 word personal essay that tells us about you. (The essay can be one you have sent to colleges.)
  • Interviews will take place in late January, February, March and early April.
  • Candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of April. 

The Urban Leadership Fellows 2020 Application is no longer accepting applicants at this time.

Selection Criteria

The ULF Program is open to high school SENIORS only.  The criteria for selection include:

  • A strong interest in a career in finance, business, law, government and/or public policy
  • Availability to work full-time for the duration of the six-week, paid internship in addition to a few afternoons in June
  • A 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Excellent computer skills
  • A well-written personal essay
  • Strong verbal and written English skills

Student Responsibilities

Internship Program Dates: This is a full-time, six-week paid internship program, which runs from Monday, June 29, 2020 through Friday, August 7, 2020 and will include four mandatory training and orientation events during the month of June and career-readiness workshops during the program, including a field trip to Washington, D.C. 

Hours of work: Interns work about 40 hours per week, with their specific hours determined by the site supervisors.  Interns are expected to be on time each day and work the required number of hours. Appropriate attire is determined by each internship site and supervisor.

Orientation and Career Development Workshops

Before the interns begin at their internship sites, they are required to attend two Futures and Options orientations, an opening breakfast with their internship supervisors and a full day of "Municipal Bond School."  Students must also attend a two-part seminar on presentation and public speaking skills and additional Futures and Options career development workshops.

Contact Information

Futures and Options

120 Broadway, Suite 1019, New York, NY 10271

P. 212.601.0002; F. 212.601.0005

Meghan Becker, Program Manager

Monet Bryant, Program Coordinator

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Futures and Options is a nonprofit career development and paid internship program for New York City youth.

120 Broadway, Suite 1019. New York, NY 10271. 212-601-0002.