How to Apply

Applicants must submit a completed application, be recommended by their organization and be selected as a participant by the program placement committee. Applicants will be invited to an interview with the placement committee to assess their background and experience and what they hope to accomplish after the program. Based on the committee’s assessment, we will do our best to coordinate with agencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to match them to a meaningful assignment.

“Best ‘stretch and grow’ opportunity I’ve ever had!”

Assignments run for three months from September through December, giving participants an opportunity to supercharge their careers and acquire new experiences, relationships and competencies to benefit them and their organization.


The application packet consists of three parts:

  • The Application provides the basis for evaluation by describing the applicant’s background and career goals.
  • The Supervisor, Department Head and City/County Manager (or Chief Executive) Recommendation ensures the applicant’s supervisor is aware and supportive of the applicant’s participation in the program. All signatures must be obtained prior to submission.
  • The Exchange Assignment Form describes the vacancy that the agency is requesting to fill if the applicant is chosen for the talent pool. We will do our best to find an one-to-one match for your position; however, due to the variety of skills and experience levels of those in the talent pool, this is not always possible. The completed form must be submitted at the same time as the other application materials and must be signed by the agency’s chief executive.

The application packet is available on this website under Downloads.