The Municipal Forum of New York, Inc.
Urban Leadership Fellows Program 2023
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 program is to enable New York City high
school seniors to gain valuable hands-on work experience and training in the
Municipal Finance industry.
· This is a
competitive program with limited spaces available. The deadline to
apply to the program is February 19, 2023. Applications submitted
after the deadline will not be considered.
· 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
· Interviews will
take place in February and March.
· Candidates will be
notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of March.
The ULF Program is open to high school SENIORS only.
The criteria for selection include:
1. Graduating high school senior who resides in New York City
2. Strong interest in a career in finance, business, law,
government, and/or public policy
3. Availability to work full-time for the six-week duration of
the paid internship in addition to a few afternoons in June
4. A 3.0 GPA or higher
5. Excellent computer skills
6. A well-written personal essay
7. Strong verbal and written skills
8. Eligibility to work in the United States
9. Submission of a complete online ULF application to Futures
10. Participation in a one-on-one interview
Students will work in-person 40 hours per week for six weeks
starting Wednesday, July 5, 2023 and ending Friday, August 18,
2023. This will include four mandatory training and orientation events
during the months of May and 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. Certain placements may have a remote or hybrid
To enrich their experience, ULF students will be also be paired
with young professionals working in public finance who will serve as mentors to
whom they can turn for professional advice as they enter careers in business
and finance. Young Professional Mentors and students will meet for two events
and communicate throughout the program. Young Professional Mentors will provide
input to students on their assigned work-based challenges and other assigned
Orientation and Career Development Workshops
Before the interns begin at their internship sites, they
required to attend a Futures and Options orientation, pre-program workshops,
and opening breakfast with Municipal Forum Leaders, Mentors, and Futures and
Options staff members. Students will also be required to attend a series
entitled “Municipal Bond School." Students will also be required to attend
additional Futures and Options career development workshops throughout the six
Futures and Options
120 Broadway, Suite 1019, New York, NY 10271
P. 212.601.0002; F. 212.601.0005
Kate Herman, Program Manager