About

Upon taking office, Mayor Benjamin launched the Mayor's Fellow program that has welcomed over 300 students to date.  The program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and provides an opportunity to actively participate in the municipal government and gain first-hand knowledge of how a high-energy local government office operates. The Mayor's Fellow program caters to students satisfying class credit, fulfilling internship requirements, or those simply wishing to gain experience working in public service, the community, and the governmental arena.







 

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Summer 2021 Fellowship will be conducted mostly virtually, with opportunities for in-person engagements.


Responsibilities

Responsibilities include assisting staff with research in various areas that may affect departments/agencies within the City of Columbia, helping with special projects and assisting with various office tasks. Fellows work closely with staff to identify best practices. City of Columbia’s office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Selected students will be asked to dedicate ten to twenty hours per week to the fellowship program. Professional attire is required for all Mayor's Fellows.

If you are interested in this program, please apply immediately. 


How to Apply 

Summer 2021 Applications are NOW OPEN until April 23, 2021at 5pm

















The attached application, along with a resume and list of references, should be completed and emailed to [email protected], or mailed to: 



Office of Mayor Benjamin
Attn: Mayor's Fellows Program
1737 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
 
*In an effort to conserve paper, if you are able, please email the completed application.

Should you have any questions regarding the internship program or application, please contact Taylor Wright at [email protected], or 803-719-0036
 

***Please note that this is an unpaid internship program.***


Meet the Fellows

Spring 2021 Fellows

Catherine White (Brookeville, Maryland) is a senior at the University of South Carolina, studying International Studies & Philosophy. In her free time, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and painting with friends.

Jamara Green (Winnsboro, SC) is currently a second-year student at The University of South Carolina where she studies Political Science. Currently, she is the Secretary of UofSC National Black Pre-Law Chapter, Secure The Ballot Fellows, UofSC Mapp Mentor, Community Outreach Chair for The BIG Event, and works closely with the South Carolina Progressive Network. In her free time, she enjoys reading.

Madison Buckles (Knoxville, TN) is a junior at the University of South Carolina, double majoring in International Business and Economics with concentrations in Chinese Business and Business Analytics. Outside of class, she enjoys hiking, writing music, and studying language.

Andrew Brown (Greenville, South Carolina) is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, studying Political Science. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing basketball, reading, watching Gamecock sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Briashmel Bell (Charleston, South Carolina) is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina Honors College, studying Political Science & Spanish.

Samantha Greenaway (Westfield, NJ) is a  senior studying Political Science at the University of South Carolina: In her free time, she likes to do meditation and work out, spending time connecting with her friends. 

Sophia Iacovelli (Mooresville, NC) is a junior at the University of South Carolina, studying Political Science & Experimental Psychology. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, and play with her dog, “

Walter T. Baxter (Allendale, South Carolina) is a graduate of the University of South Carolina - Salkehatchie with an Associate in Arts & an Associate in Science. He is currently a senior at the University of South Carolina - Columbia, studying Political Science. Some of his pastimes are reading, writing music, traveling, going to dinner, and shopping.

Devin Williams (Columbia, SC) is a junior at the University of South Carolina, studying Sociology & Secondary Education. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, traveling, and exploring the arts of music, fashion, and photography.

Carlos Márquez (Harker Heights, Texas) is a junior at the University of South Carolina, studying International Studies. In his free time, he likes to work out, spend time with his pug, and travel to new places.

Bryan Kondrup (Freehold, New Jersey) is a senior at the University of South Carolina, studying Political Science & Business Administration. In his free time he enjoys traveling, playing soccer, watching college football, and spending time with his friends. 

Noah Barker (Lugoff, SC) is a sophomore at the University of South Caroline, studying Political Science. When he's not working, Noah enjoys being with his friends, seeing the latest movie at the Nick, and kayaking down the Wateree River.