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Posted on: April 2, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Linn County Seeks Applicants for Serekberhan Fellowship

BOS Intern Opening

Linn County is accepting applications for the Serekberhan Fellowship, an intern program with the Linn County Board of Supervisors Office.

The paid position is open to any currently enrolled college student with an interest in government, finance and budget, communications, or policy and administration. The position will start Monday, June 3 and run through early August with a minimum of 10 hours per week at a rate of $12 per hour. Hours will occur Monday through Friday, but may vary depending on schedules and workload.

The announcement of the Serekberhan Fellowship comes at the beginning of National County Government Month, which is led by the National Association of Counties and is designed as an annual celebration of county government. The position is also a part of a larger effort to create a pipeline of talented young adults who might one day make a career of public service.

“We’ve developed the Future Leaders of Linn County program to introduce local government to high-achieving high school students from around the county,” said Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker, who is spearheading the county’s efforts of youth engagement and talent retention. “The next logical step was to institute an intern program for ambitious college students, one that paid a competitive wage and offered real-world experiences into government and policy. Hopefully after they graduate, our best and brightest students will seek careers in public service after having these opportunities.”

Applicants may submit an online application through the Linn County website. The application deadline is Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Linn County Board of Supervisors Office at 319-892-5000.

The Serekberhan Fellowship program is named after Mahder “Mahi” Serekberhan, a graduate of Mount Mercy University who served as the first ever intern for the Linn County Board of Supervisors in 2018. Her exemplary service prompted the Board to formalize an internship program that will provide students with valuable insight into the inner workings of government and other professional development opportunities.

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