CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Foundation – the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today – is now accepting applications for new year-long paid fellowships that will pair recent college graduates from across the country with Cleveland public sector agencies, with a goal of inspiring the Fellows to pursue public service careers.

The Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship will also include monthly professional development programming. In addition, the Fellows will have unique networking opportunities with a diverse array of emerging and senior leaders in the community.

“Today’s young people want to make a difference in their communities, and the public sector can be a terrific launching pad for the next generation of leaders in this country,” said Ronn Richard, President and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. “Cleveland’s profile is on the rise, but we must sustain this momentum by attracting or bringing home our nation’s best and brightest students to work alongside current leaders in our community in the reinvention of our rustbelt city.”

Applications for the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship will be accepted through March 3 at To be eligible, applicants must have received their undergraduate degrees between spring 2014 and spring 2016. The foundation will select three to five Fellows for the inaugural cohort, to begin in September 2016 and continue through August 2017.

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