The Community Engagement Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for students to complete the Master’s Program in Community Engagement in one year while also gaining valuable real-world experience in a wide range of community settings.
Fellows complete a nine-month field-based professional experience in a partner school, college, non-profit or community-based organization. Community Engagement Fellows work hand-in-hand with their partner organizations to make a deep and powerful impact in the communities in which they serve.
To apply for a Community Engagement fellow at your site for the 2018-2019 academic year, please visit the Community Engagement Fellowship Site Application. The priority application deadline is January 12, 2018 to be included in the on-site Interview Day, February 23, 2018. Applications completed between January 12 and March 1 will be considered for participation in a second round interview process after initial matches have been made. The second-round Interview Day is April 6, 2018.
Sites pay a financial commitment of $14,000 per fellow to Merrimack College over the 2018-2019 academic year. Fellows receive a full-tuition scholarship in exchange for their service commitment.
Sites identify a supervisor who is the fellow’s primary point person and who is available for regular communication and meetings with the fellow, including weekly face-to-face supervision meetings. We recommend that supervisors are those in mid-level administrative positions with supervisory experience, who are able to commit the time to support the fellow.
Fellows build capacity in critical areas needed by each organization by providing project-based and overall administrative support such as:
researching foundations and writing grant proposals
planning special events
developing and managing programs
developing communications, marketing and social media strategies
facilitating diversity initiatives
Fellows work from mid-August to mid-May, providing 25 hours per week of service to their organizations over the course of the Fellowship.
Support for Sites
- An on-campus orientation for site supervisors, and mid-year and end-of-year networking and support meetings.
- A fellowship instructor who will meet regularly with the fellow and the site supervisor.
- A handbook that provides important information to fellows and site supervisors.
- On-campus speakers and other opportunities for reciprocity and exchange.
- Course vouchers - one each semester for site supervisors. Course vouchers are valid for up to two years and may be used toward any available graduate course in the School of Education & Social Policy, and are transferable.
The Interview and Match Process
Fellows and sites will participate in an Interview Day on February 23, 2018. Site supervisors will have the opportunity to interview candidates for the fellowship position and to indicate their preferences. Care is taken to ensure that the match is a good fit for both the fellow and the site. Ongoing rolling interviews will continue through late spring, as needed.
NOTE - We strongly discourage prospective sites and prospective fellows from presenting themselves to us as a partnership. We believe the fellowship program is strongest for all when you participate in our match process. For prospective fellows, the Community Engagement Fellowship Program is intended to provide a new experience that will expand your professional network, knowledge, skills,and experience. Similarly, for prospective sites, the Community Engagement Fellowship Program provides the opportunity to benefit from the excitement, ideas, and perspective of someone who is new to your organization.
For local individuals holding full-time jobs in the Community Engagement field that you love and don’t want to leave, we urge you to consider our traditional program. Learn more about the traditional program.
For local organizations committed to the professional development of your staff, we have an organizational cohort model through which you may cover the Community Engagement Program’s tuition for 6 or more of your staff at a reduced rate. Please contact Audrey Falk at email@example.com for additional information.
For more information on becoming a Community Engagement Fellowship site, please contact Laura Hillier, Director of Community Partnerships, firstname.lastname@example.org, 978.837.0920.