Apply to be the 2024–2025 IOC Menino Fellow with the National League of Cities!

Applications for the Initiative on Cities (IOC) 2024–2025 Menino Fellowship with the National League of Cities (NLC) are now open and due May 19, 2024.

The Menino Fellowship provides one Boston University undergraduate student with the opportunity to explore an interest in public service, city-level programs and policies, and municipal leadership on behalf of children, youth, and families through a directed study and semester-long paid internship in the NLC’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

During the fall semester, the Menino Fellow enrolls in a directed study exploring an urban topic of their choosing under the supervision of IOC Director, Professor Loretta Lees. The Fellow spends the spring semester in Washington, DC, pursuing a paid internship with the NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families at the NLC’s DC Headquarters. The Fellow takes classes in the spring through BU Global Programs’ Washington DC Internship Program.

The IOC and NLC jointly created the Menino Fellowship to honor the legacy of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Mayor Menino was co-founder of the IOC and a lifelong advocate for children, youth, and families.

Students interested in this fellowship are encouraged to contact MetroBridge Program Manager David Gross at to express their interest and/or to discuss any questions they may have.

Learn more about the Menino Fellowship

Watch a Menino Fellowship Info Session and Showcase featuring the research of 2023–2024 Fellow An Pham: