University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

Fellowship Programs

Western Riverside Council of Governments Service Fellowship Program

The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) Public Service Fellowship Program is a professional development opportunity for current University of California, Riverside (UCR) undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates.


The nine-month program provides the Fellows with full-time paid employment. They receive hands-on public policy work experience in local, regional and special district agencies in Western Riverside County, thus preparing the Fellows full-time employment following the successful completion of the program.

Fellows not only expand their knowledge, but the public policy work they perform during the fellowship also enriches the communities they serve.


Aspiring WRCOG Fellows apply in a competitive process and are selected based on a myriad of factors, including academic standing, desire to serve the public and focus on improving quality of life for residents and businesses in Western Riverside County, and career goals and ambitions.

The Public Service Fellows are expected to possess basic knowledge, understanding and skills in core public policy areas, such as research methods, microeconomic theory and principles, the legislative process, budgeting and finance, key environmental issues as related to air and water quality, land use, transportation and economic development.


Students selected for the WRCOG Public Service Fellowship receive:

· A faculty advisor who will provide academic guidance to Fellows;
· A program coordinator who will be available to assist on issues throughout the duration of the Fellowship;
· Professional training in workplace etiquette, attire, and demeanor;
· Networking opportunities, such as luncheon events with heads of agencies and supervisors;
· Access to guest speakers who talk about careers in public policy; and
· Recognition at UCR and local agency events.

About WRCOG:
Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) serves one of the fastest growing sub-regions in California. Its 17 member cities and the County of Riverside are home to 1.7 million people and another 700,000 people are join the region by 2035. The purpose of WRCOG is to unify Western Riverside County so it can speak with a collective voice on important issues that affect its members. Recognizing that many issues related to growth are not constrained by political boundaries, WRCOG focuses on a number of regional matters important to the region’s future, including transportation, environment, energy, economy, and health.


"The WRCOG fellowship program has given me the distinct opportunity to address policy concerns in the city of Corona and has allowed me to carefully plan and construct solutions to these issues. Ultimately, my goal is to provide quality care and to protect our residents through social and economic reform, whether it be through revitalizing our downtown, promoting public safety, or improving water and air quality. As I start this 9-month Fellowship, I can not wait to see how my projects will positively impact the public and I hope to gain a better understanding of local public policies in relation to public health.”

-Jessica Toledo, WRCOG Fellow

Other Fellowships

  • Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship
  • Coro Fellowship
  • Capital Fellows Programs
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    Anil B. Deolalikar
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