Economic Development Fellowship

Sonoma County
  • Location
    Santa Rosa, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jan 23

Position description

Gain experience through the Economic Development Board's Fellowship Program. Graduating seniors and recent graduates from ALL disciplines are encouraged to apply! Multiple positions are open. Salary is $23.67/hour. 



 The Economic Development Fellowship* provides graduating seniors and recent graduates an opportunity to participate in the following focus areas:


Economic Research and Program Development Fellow

  • Draft and prepare approximately 20 economic reports on industry trends, economic diversification, economic impact analysis, and demographic indicators
  • Learn economic impact software to analyze data trends and advise on economic policy creation and implementation
  • Collaborate with partners at the Workforce Investment Board on research and data collection in support of recruitment, education and training programs that connect employers with qualified applicants

Tourism and Hospitality Fellow

  • Plan promotional, digital, organizational, and analytical elements of hospitality-related events, including Sonoma County's Annual Restaurant Week
  • Collect and interpret tourism industry data and produce annual and quarterly reports on tourism statistical indicators, hotel taxes, and industry development
  • Spend two days a week working with the marketing team at Sonoma County Tourism

Workforce Innovation and Public Policy Fellow

  • Compile, interpret, and analyze survey responses from local employers for the Annual Workforce Development Survey, and produce the monthly Job Market Tracker report
  • Collaborate with partners at the Workforce Investment Board on recruiting, education, and training programs that connect employers with qualified applicants
  • Help organize the EDB's Annual Manufacturing Day by recruiting participating businesses, working with the event planning committee, and working logistics alongside the EDB's Event and Communications Coordinator

Fellows are primarily responsible for the continued coordination of county-wide programs that support the local economy in addition to:

  • Working both independently and in collaboration with other County Staff, public officials, private industry, the public, and other stakeholders
  • Implementing special projects or new initiatives which may be tailored to align with their own professional interests
  • Support EDB staff with special projects and initiatives

The ideal candidates will have an interest or degree in Political Science/Politics, Economics, English, History, International Relations, Law, Business, Public Administration/Policy, Urban Policy, Statistics, Sociology, Tourism/Hospitality, and/or Humanities, and possess:

  • Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills
  • Some experience leading/facilitating group or committee work
  • An interest in policy research and economic development
  • A current understanding of, or strong willingness to learn, Adobe and Microsoft Office Suite
  • A commitment to public service

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) is a small, dynamic public agency involved with a broad range of public policy issues and innovative programs impacting Sonoma County. Our diverse economy includes a world-class wine region, stunning natural resources, a burgeoning craft food and beverage sector, dozens of tourist destinations, a strong manufacturing and tech sector, a growing health care sector, and vibrant small business and creative communities. The EDB is committed to the vitality of Sonoma County, providing services that encourage the startup, retention, and expansion of local businesses and jobs. To learn more about the EDB, please visit


*The Fellowship is only open to applicants who had/will have their Bachelor's degree conferred between July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 (e.g. obtained a Bachelor's degree during Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, or Spring 2020). 


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

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