The Municipal Forum of New York, Inc.

Urban Leadership Fellows Program 2022

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.


Admission Process

  • This is a competitive program with limited spaces available. The deadline to apply to the program is March 11th, 2022. 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 colleges.)
  • Interviews will take place in February and March.
  • Candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of April. 


Selection Criteria

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

1. A strong interest in a career in finance, business, law, government and/or public policy

2. Availability to work 35 hours/week for the duration of the six-week, paid program in addition to a few afternoons in June

3. A 3.0 GPA or higher

4. Excellent computer skills

5. A well-written personal essay

Strong verbal and written English skills


Student Responsibilities

Students will work remotely 35 hours per week for six weeks starting Wednesday, July 6, 2022 and ending Wednesday, August 17, 2022. 

Each student will be matched to a pod mentoring group with whom they will work throughout the program. MFNY Pod Mentors will meet virtually each week with students to assign tasks, guide work flow, provide feedback, and answer questions. MFNY Mentors will assign individual and group work-based projects.

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 work-based challenges and other assigned projects. 

While this year's program is expected to be largely virtual, some events may be held  in person ( as CDC guidelines, and precautions taken/policies set by Futures and Options and the MFNY partners allow).

Vaccination is not required to apply to the ULF 2022 Program. Vaccination may be required to attend some program events.

Orientation and Career Development Workshops

Before the program begins, students begin at their sites, they are required to attend a virtual Futures and Options orientation and opening breakfast with Municipal Forum Leaders, Sponsoring Firm 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 weeks. 


Contact Information

Futures and Options

120 Broadway, Suite 1019, New York, NY 10271

P. 212.601.0002; F. 212.601.0005


Kate Herman, Program Manager

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School Information:

The Municipal Forum of New York, Inc.

Urban Leadership Fellows Virtual Program 2021

7. Please rate your computer skills on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent):

Thank you for helping Futures and Options by filling out this short confidential questionnaire. Futures and Options is a not-for-profit internship program that is funded by foundations, corporations and individuals who are committed to helping you succeed. In order to receive funding vital to the continuation of this program, we are often required to provide statistical information about our participants. All information requested on this form is confidential. It will be used for statistical and research purposes only. The information you choose to provide will be helpful in our efforts to raise the money to carry on and expand the program. 

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9. What is the highest level of education completed by your parents/guardian?

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