About the
Harris County Judge

The County Judge is Harris County’s chief executive and presiding officer of Commissioner’s Court, the County’s governing body. The County Judge and the four County Commissioners oversee a budget of more than $4 billion that funds key services, including justice administration, flood control, public health, and housing. Harris County is the third-largest with a population greater than 4.5 million people, 45 percent of whom speak a first language other than English.

Available Positions

Career Opportunities

Policy, Communications and Community Relations Fellowships

The Harris County Judge’s Office (CJO) Fellowships equip the next generation of policy advocates, lawmakers and communicators with local government, public policy and communications experience, and leadership development opportunities.


  • Create an opportunity for current and recently graduated students to learn about local government and gain invaluable, direct experience in public policy and government communications.
  • Invest in the professional development of future civic leaders and communicators.
  • Leverage Fellows’ research and analytical skills to support the County Judge’s policy team and written and creative skills to support the communications team.

County Judge Hidalgo has a bold, new vision for what is possible through Harris County government. As a member of the County Judge’s team, Policy and Communications Fellows will work directly with Judge Hidalgo’s staff and senior leaders, gaining professional and personal development experience. The Fellowship provides hands-on experience for current or recently graduated college students who are passionate about supporting complex public policy initiatives and compelling government communications.

Fellows are expected to commit up to 40 hours per week. Fellows will collaborate with their peers and senior leadership within the CJO frequently. In addition to exploring the dynamics of public policy within the Judge’s Office, Fellows will also attend meetings with Harris County department staff to learn more about county government.

The Fellowship creates a unique opportunity for current or recent students to learn more about county government, the process of implementing policies that impact millions of Harris County residents every day, and effective means of communicating the Judge’s policies and positions.

Consistent with the values of Judge Hidalgo and the office, the CJO Fellowship will host three to four current undergraduate/graduate students or recent graduates from a diverse set of cultural, geographic, and academic backgrounds.

Applications are not being accepted currently. Please check at a later date. Thank you!