Working in the Community

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.

Are You Ready to Make a Real Impact?

At Merrimack, we’re passionate about community change and social justice. Our M.Ed. in Community Engagement will help you gain a deeper understanding of civic engagement in the nonprofit sector, including trends, theoretical models and best practices. This program focuses on diversity and social justice, community development and organizational change.

This versatile degree provides professional preparation for careers in areas such as fundraising, community relations, volunteer management, diversity training, and leadership in schools, colleges and community organizations.

Important Dates for the 2023-2024 Community Engagement Fellowship Program

  • Priority Application Deadline: January. 5, 2023
  • Regular Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
  • Interview Day (virtual): April 2023
  • Summer Orientation: June 2024
  • Courses Begin: Summer III, May 2023
  • Fellowship Placement Begins: mid-August 2023

Community Engagement Fellowship

Our highly sought-after fellowships offer you unparalleled professional experiences and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve significantly reduced the cost of your graduate degree. With the guidance of experienced site-based supervisors and program faculty, you’ll have the support you need to excel in your field placement and in your graduate studies. 

How It Works

  • One-year fellows will complete a nine-month field-based experience in a partner school, college, or community-based organization, serving 25 hours a week at your placement site, while taking graduate courses in the summer and on afternoons and evenings throughout the academic year.
  • Two-year fellows will complete a 21-month field-based experience in a partner school, college, or community-based organization, serving 10 hours a week at your placement site, while taking graduate courses in the summer and on afternoons and evenings throughout the academic year.
  • Earn your 36-credit M.Ed. in Community Engagement tuition free.

Program Format and Curriculum

With our curriculum, you’ll gain a broad understanding and acquire skills relevant to community involvement, community development and social change. Like you, students in the program are passionate about addressing pressing social issues and needs through service learning, community organizing, and community partnerships.

All students take a set of core courses, select a concentration area and pursue a capstone experience focused on community-engaged research, social justice education or policy analysis. To further facilitate your success, a wide range of professional development opportunities are provided and a range of resources and support are available to you.

Available Fellowship Positions

Please note: The following position descriptions represent a sample of all that will be available for our programs. Please check back for additional opportunities, which will be added in early 2023.

The Fellow will steward Acton-Boxborough United Way’s Community Mental Health Resilience Project. This includes a Community Assessment (which will already be underway at the start of the fellowship), local Mental Health Coalition, a Resources site, and an innovative 21-Day Mental Health Challenge.

Fellowship Job Duties:

  • Outreach to an increasingly diverse community around the importance of mental health
  • Curate content to share with community
  • Foster a meaningful coalition of community stakeholders
  • Engage with a dynamic group of volunteers around this work
  • Document processes around each aspect of this project to allow additional communities to implement

Position Requirements:

  • Proven record of working with diverse populations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to work evening/weekend hours as needed for community outreach
  • Passion for mental health preferred

Normal hours of operation:

  • 9AM to 5PM
  • one-year Fellow will work 25 hrs/week, two-year Fellows will work 10 hrs/wk

The Development Manager Fellow will assist the Director of Development in managing the fundraising opportunities and reporting requirements for Beyond Benign. Beyond Benign’s fundraising strategy is focused primarily on corporate partnerships and foundation grants. Responsibilities of this position include designing fundraising programs, presenting opportunities to potential industry partners, researching and writing grants, collecting impact data and writing grant reports, and supporting the production of Beyond Benign’s annual report.

Fellowship Job Duties:

  • Identify and recruit sponsorship partners for the Green Chemistry Teaching & Learning Community online platform
  • Write grant reports in collaboration with Program Managers and Directors
  • Support the production and design of Beyond Benign’s annual report
  • Collect and report metrics and outcomes for organizational goals and programs
  • Research, write and submit grant applications aligned with upcoming projects
  • Present Beyond Benign’s organization and potential partnership opportunities to a list of corporate targets
  • Collaborate with marketing agency to design sponsorship and marketing materials

Position Requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships and communicate with a diverse audience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Resourceful team player with the ability to also be effective independently
  • Strong project management skills with an ability to develop goals and achieve them on time
  • Passion for STEM education and / or Sustainability
  • Proficiency in MS Office, particularly PowerPoint and Excel and video conferencing tools
  • Experience in proposal or grant writing, marketing, communications, or sales is preferred

Normal hours of operation:

8:30 – 5:30 ET weekdays

Beyond Benign would prefer a 1 year Fellow, but is open to 2 year Fellows as well.

As a 1 year Fellow:

  • You will complete a nine-month field-based experience for Beyond Benign, working remotely, with the option for in-person weekly supervision meetings if you are located in the Merrimack College geographic area.
  • You will work 25 hrs/week for this Site, and enroll in online classes full time.

As a 2 year Fellow:

  • You will complete a 21-month field-based experience for Beyond Benign, working remotely.
  • You will work 10 hrs/week for this Site, and enroll in remote classes part time.

Early College Program Fellow

Location: Merrimack College Winston School of Education & Social Policy, North Andover, MA

Position Description

The Merrimack College - Lawrence High School (LHS) Early College Program was launched in the 2017-18 academic year. The purpose of this evolving partnership is to allow a structured opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to engage in credit-bearing college coursework. The participating students have been accepted via a highly selective high school admissions process. The Early College program seeks to provide the students with experience in real college classrooms that will help them develop the skills and confidence needed to navigate college systems effectively. They receive academic support both at their high school and here at Merrimack College. Participation in the program provides an economically viable educational and career pathway for a proportionately first-generation, Latino population.

The Fellow will support the program in a number of ways including coordinating events, providing academic support to students, and collaborating with staff at the high school and faculty and staff across Merrimack to ensure clear and consistent communication and problem-solving. This could be particularly appealing to someone that would embrace the role of mentor to a population of students typically underserved by higher education. The ideal candidate will be interested in student support, event planning, workshop building, and have strong organizational skills.

Fellowship Job Duties

  • Serve as a key campus contact and liaison for Merrimack College offices with high school administrators, teachers, and students
  • Support implementation efforts by coordinating details between various college offices: Registrar’s Office, IT, Library, Bookstore, respective Merrimack College faculty and high school administrators
  • Maintain reports and data tracking of student enrollments, FERPA forms, book contracts and academic progress
  • Assist in planning and delivery of college transition support workshops
  • Act as a point of communication between the students and college-wide support personnel
  • Meet regularly with supervisor and attend steering committee meetings
  • Assist with planning and delivery of special events: student orientation, new student and family orientation, and develop new Early College opportunities
  • Maintain a team attitude, and complete any duties and tasks as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Interest in supporting underserved students with a high-quality, free college education
  • Experience with and/or desire to help high school students prepare for success in higher education (e.g. Upward Bound, GEAR UP)
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills; excellent organizational and time management skills
  • The ability to lead by example and act as a mentor
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and remain non-judgmental when addressing student problems and concerns
  • Spanish fluency is a plus
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel between Merrimack College and the Lawrence Public High School (2 miles from campus)
  • Possible evening/weekend/early morning hours to accommodate meetings and/or events

Additional Details

Normal Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Standing meetings or activities outside of these hours that Fellow(s) can regularly attend:

Occasional early morning and evening hours may be required in order to participate in/support program events and committee meetings.

Preferred work schedule for the days/hours for the Fellow(s):

This position is 25 hours per week. Schedule is flexible within normal business hours; however, once the fellow and their supervisor agree on the schedule we would prefer it stay as consistent as possible.

Organization’s policy on lunch breaks, vacation and sick time that will apply to Fellow(s)

Fellow will work a total of 25 hours, which does not include lunch breaks. The policies follow Merrimack College’s rules and regulations. The college closes for all federal holidays including extended days around Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years and Easter. If the fellow’s services days fall on these days, the fellow will have that time off as part of their 25 hours for the week. Any additional time off requests (including sick time) should be discussed with the Site Supervisor as needed.

Hands to Help, Food Recovery Network Program Coordinator Graduate Fellow

Location: Lawrence, MA

Position Description

For this position, we will consider one-year, on-ground fellows. The Food Recovery Network Program at Merrimack College is part of the national Food Recovery Network, a nonprofit organization that partners with on-campus dining services to rescue unserved, usable food. Merrimack’s Food Recovery Network chapter recovers perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from our campus dining halls, supermarkets, and small stores and donates it to those in need. The Program Coordinator will be working in a community-facing position directing our Merrimack College student volunteers, and working with community partners to provide a range of services to individuals and families in the Lawrence area including, but not limited to, cooking classes, serving hot or frozen meals and connecting with other nonprofits in the area.

The Program Coordinator’s time will be spent primarily at Hands to Help (in Lawrence) with occasional work needing to be completed at the College. The Program Coordinator will oversee the management of food recoveries and undergraduate student volunteers. In addition to the daily staffing of Food Recovery Network, food recoveries, workshops, events, social media content, and student programming will also be planned and held with direction from the Program Coordinator. Last but not least, embody and promote the values of inclusion, equity, and pluralism in all direct work with students and be sensitive to the needs of a diverse student population, including minoritized and international students.

Position Responsibilities

  • Co-supervise the weekly Food Recovery Network (FRN) shifts with the Program Manager, including attending regular meetings to discuss food recoveries and the tasks to complete for the following week
  • Assist in scheduling undergraduate volunteers/service-learning students with FRN 
  • Help coordinate and lead food preparation, delivery, and service shifts
  • Seek outside food donors and food receivers to continue expanding FRN at Merrimack College ● Assist in the food waste recovery data entry and analysis
  • Ability to supervise two interns efficiently
  • Create a data dashboard for weekly reports to the school (e.g., pounds of food recovered, site visits, meals served, and people served) for easy analysis of the program’s success
  • Help coordinate monthly student programming
  • Obtain a ServSafe Manager Certification
  • Complete any additional training required by campus kitchen
  • Attend annual conferences and monthly meetings hosted by Food Recovery Network 
  • Coordinate and create content for social media
  • Staying up to date on FRN existing programs
  • Adapt to modifications as needed during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as hosting virtual movies and discussions to raise awareness about food insecurity or food waste

Additional Requirements/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences, Community Relations, Human Services or related field
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written fashion with a diverse constituency
  • Advanced experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Drive, and Google Calendar 
  • Local travel between Merrimack College and Hands to Help office
  • Evening twice a week is likely and weekend work is occasional, can flex hours to fit a 25-hour work schedule
  • Able to represent Hands to Help and Food Recovery Network in the community in a professional and businesslike demeanor
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred

Additional Details

Standing meetings or activities outside of these hours that Fellow can regularly attend:

  • Food Service Shifts: Twice a week, varies but typically 6-8 pm
  • Healthy Cooking Classes: Once a week, varies but typically 5:30-7:30 pm

Preferred work schedule for the days/hours for the Fellow:

  • Availability Monday through Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Preferred work schedule for the days/hours for the Fellow(s):

Availability Monday through Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Organization’s policy on lunch breaks, vacation and sick time that will apply to Fellow(s):

  • 2 personal/sick days off allowed per semester, otherwise you’ll need to make it up
  • Lunch breaks are not factored into the 25 hours a week. They can be added if the fellow requests it
  • Flex hours when events fall outside of normal working hours (that same week if possible)
  • Our office follows the schedule of Merrimack College, we are closed for the following holidays:
    • Veteran’s Day
    • Thanksgiving Break
    • Christmas Break
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • President’s Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Holy Thursday, Friday, and Easter Monday

Hands to Help Program Coordinator Graduate Fellow

Location: Lawrence, MA

Position Description

Hands to Help is a neighborhood resource center facilitated through Merrimack College in Lawrence, MA. The Program Coordinator will be working in a community-facing position directing our Merrimack College student volunteers and children from the community to provide a range of services to individuals and families in the Lawrence area including, but not limited to, tutoring program, assistance finding resources, crisis assistance, and connecting with other nonprofits in the area.

The Program Coordinator’s time will be spent primarily at Hands to Help with occasional work needing to be completed at the College. The Program Coordinator will oversee the management of the tutoring program and undergraduate student volunteers. In addition to the daily staffing of the center, workshops, events and K-12 extracurricular activities will also be planned and held with direction from the Program Coordinator. Last but not least, embody and promote the values of inclusion, equity, and pluralism in all direct work with students and be sensitive to the needs of a diverse student population, including minority and international students.

Fellowship Job Duties

  • Plan, develop and implement programs to enhance academic achievement and through activities, workshops and events
  • Recruit volunteers and market program and services
  • Serve as a resource and advise students with questions or concerns
  • Maintain relationships and communication with internal and external organizations
  • Facilitate with the scheduling, staffing, marketing, and advertising for all tutoring services 
  • Coordinate training that meets national certification standards
  • Assist in designing and implementing evaluative processes to assess program delivery and effectiveness
  • Manage the Hands to Help Tutoring program
  • Supervise and provide constructive feedback to tutors

Research

  • Research on best practices and theory in the field
  • Assessment and evaluation the existing programs
  • Recommendations on improvement and filling in gaps
  • Identifying community needs and duplication of services
  • Analyzing and staying up to date on current and proposed legislation, regulations, or rule changes in order to determine how services could be impacted

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in human services, community relations or related field
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English required
  • Must be comfortable and prepared to work with diverse populations
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written fashion with a diverse constituency
  • Advanced Experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Good Drive and Google Calendar 
  • Proficient in computer skills related to the position: e-scheduling, e-calendar databases and statistics
  • Local travel between Merrimack College and Hands to Help office
  • Evening work once a week is likely and weekend work is occasional, can flex hours to fit 25-hour work schedule
  • Able to represent Hands to Help in the community in a professional and businesslike demeanor

Additional Details

Normal hours of operation:

Hands to Help’s office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Standing meetings or activities outside of these hours that Fellow(s) can regularly attend:

  • ESL Class: Twice a week 6-8pm
  • Tax Prep Program: Once a week 5-7pm
  • Field Trips: Varies but typically 5-8pm
  • Tutoring Program 2:30- 5:30 pm

Preferred work schedule for the days/hours for the Fellow(s):

Availability Monday through Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Organization’s policy on lunch breaks, vacation and sick time that will apply to Fellow(s):

  • 2 personal/sick days off allowed per semester, otherwise you’ll need to make it up
  • Lunch breaks are not factored into the 25 hours a week. They can be added if the fellow requests it
  • Flex hours when events fall outside of normal working hours (that same week if possible)
  • Our office follows the schedule of Merrimack College, we are closed for the following holidays:
    • Veteran’s Day
    • Thanksgiving Break
    • Christmas Break
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • President’s Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Holy Thursday, Friday, and Easter Monday

The mission of Commonwealth Corps (CC), a service internship program administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance, is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages, backgrounds, and identities in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical needs, and increase volunteerism. A critical aspect of the CC program is the opportunity for our service members to develop the skills and knowledge to be effective leaders in their communities. The Commonwealth Corps Training and Outreach Fellow will coordinate, strengthen, and evaluate the professional development aspect of the program.  The Fellow will also be a part of a team effort to improve outreach and recruitment of new service interns for our program.

Fellowship Job Duties:

  • Coordinate training logistics for the 10-month CC term of service, with support from CC staff.

  • Gather input and apply learnings from CC members on their professional development interests.

  • Collaborate with past trainers/facilitators and seek out new partnerships and resources to address emerging professional development needs of CC members.

  • Enhance asynchronous professional development offerings by organizing trainings into a resource library for CC members and alumni.

  • Provide individualized professional development support to members and coordinate small member-led learning groups.

  • Develop a pilot structure for a cumulative project in which members can demonstrate their learning by the end of the term of service.

  • Synthesize professional development offerings into a guide for future CC service members.

  • Support outreach efforts to recruit new service interns and host site partners for our program.

Position Requirements:

  • Interest in supporting the professional growth of community-based individuals

  • Commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion

  • Excited to contribute ideas and brainstorm new initiatives

  • Collaborative spirit and ready to work with a team

  • Strong communication and organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Highly comfortable with Microsoft Office and Google Suite and learning new technology

  • Compassionate and caring individual with experience supporting diverse individuals

Preferred but not required:

  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally and independently within MA about once a month (or less) for in-person events

  • Experience participating in a service year program (e.g. Commonwealth Corps, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, etc.)

  • Multi-lingual communication skills, especially in Spanish or Haitian Creole

Normal hours of operation:

  • 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, with some flexibility.
  • Fellows will work 25 hrs/ week for the site.

McQuade Library Community Engagement Fellow

Location: Merrimack College, McQuade Library

Position Description

For this position, we will consider one-year fellows.

McQuade Library’s Community Engagement Fellow will coordinate and promote library programs and displays that reach the Merrimack community and beyond. The Fellow will expand the library’s community engagement tools and resources by creating libguides and promoting Merrimack ScholarWorks. The Fellow will also provide students with research assistance via consultations and assisting in library workshops.

*Whether or not you have library work experience, or a career interest in librarianship, the skills that you will be gaining in this position pertain to generalizable CE skills such as marketing, building and maintaining community partnerships, event planning, and community-engaged research. There is space in this role to prioritize library needs and allow for events based on a fellow’s interests and expertise.

Fellowship Job Duties

  • Coordinate and promote McQuade Library events, initiatives, and displays that reach Merrimack community and beyond (Human Library event, Courage to Remember display, etc.)
  • Create social media content and promotional materials
  • Create, edit, and publish libguides relating to Community Engagement topics (social justice & diversity, etc.)
  • Support and promote Merrimack ScholarWorks, the college’s open digital repository, with an eye on documenting and disseminating community engagement work
  • Assist with outreach of Education Resources Collection (ERC) to MC teachers-in-training and local educators.
  • Work collaboratively with McQuade Library team to develop ideas for increased community engagement efforts within Massachusetts libraries (NOBLE libraries and beyond).
  • Assist librarians with research consultations and library workshops

Position Requirements

  • Understanding and interest in the role of libraries as community engagement hubs
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Excellent research skills
  • Successful skills in working with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Highly self-motivated, creative thinking, specifically related to project implementation
  • Willingness to work evenings and flexible hours, provided that class schedule allows it
  • Commitment to relevant Merrimack and library values, such as ALA’s recent statement on white supremacy and fascism
  • Our ideal candidate is nimble and loves to jump in, is student-centered, and is ready to learn and lend their epxertise. 

Additional Details

Normal hours of operation:

McQuade Library is open 24-5 during the academic school year.

Preferred work schedule for the days/hours for the Fellow:

Ideally, a Fellow will be in the library 2-3 days a week, during daytime hours. Fellow may be asked to occasionally adjust schedule to assist with a library workshop, event, or activity. This is an on-campus position.

Library’s policy on lunch breaks, vacation and sick time that will apply to Fellow(s):

Fellow will work a total of 25 hours which will include all breaks, including a lunch break. Library is open even when college’s offices are closed; schedule and other policies will be discussed during orientation.

Multicultural Initiatives Program Assistant

Location: Merrimack College, Office of Multicultural Initiatives

Position Description

The Office of Multicultural Initiatives (MI) is seeking a Graduate Fellow to provide support, leadership, and guidance regarding the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on campus. Working in the Office of Multicultural Initiatives and reporting to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Unity House, the Program Assistant will provide both administrative and programmatic support for multiple DEI student-focused initiatives using a variety of program management, project management, communication, data management, and organizational skills.

The Unity House provides programming and peer support services to traditionally under-represented populations at Merrimack College which is focused on the further advancement of a school-wide culture that welcomes and celebrates all students. We are looking for a vibrant advocate for social justice who also wants to participate in the continued development of this division at Merrimack College.

This position requires a start date one week prior to the official start date of the program.

Estimated percentage of work that involves in-person contact with students: 88%

Position Responsibilities

  • Participate in events held or sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives or Unity House.
  • Perform general office managerial tasks, support the front area, respond to inquiries from members of the college community, and management and upkeep of Unity House facilities.
  • Co-advise the Unity House Student Council through provision of support and guidance for events, leadership development, supervision, training schedules of student workers, and assisting with oversight of weekly meetings, and other initiatives.
  • Work closely with the SGA Diversity Committee through providing support and guidance, attend weekly meetings, and other initiatives.
  • Support the needs of our SGA-recognized affinity student organizations including budget maintenance, space booking, and programming.
  • Act as liaison between MI, Unity House, and affinity student groups and offices on campus.
  • Assist with the use of Student Engagement Software (CampusLabs), creating and managing diversity related events for MI, Unity House, and affinity student groups.
  • Collaborate with other offices including but not limited to; Office of Student Involvement, Residence Life, International Student Support, Wellness Education, and Community Standards.
  • Coordinate and support programming efforts across campus and assess efforts.
  • Design advertising, marketing, and communication for MI and Unity House programming and projects, including maintaining brand standards by updating and maintaining the Unity House Social Media and Canva accounts.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain programming, training, and education for students and campus partners
  • Provide database management and record keeping support.

Additional Requirements/Qualifications

  • Commitment to principles and concepts of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and a willingness to continuingly engage with education, training, and learning in all areas.
  • Is a self-starter and can work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Has excellent time management, organizational and written and oral communication skills.
  • Is a problem solver who can adapt to changing situations and tasks assigned by the Assistant Dean and Council.
  • Maintains a collegial and professional manner when interacting with students, administration, and faculty.
  • Works well with other fellows and student workers, working with and supervising student workers.
  • Experience with event planning, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Displays utmost discretion and remains nonjudgmental when addressing student problems and concerns.
  • Has or is willing to undergo diversity training.

Special Notes

  • Weekend and evening hours required. Friday work is required.
  • Fellow will spend a majority of time at the Unity House with a designated office space.
  • Lunch break included within 25 hours.

Service Learning Fellowship Position

Location: Merrimack College, Stevens Service Learning Center

Position Description

The Graduate fellow in the Stevens Service Learning Center works with the staff on all aspects of the service learning program. The student will experience life in an office with much student traffic and will interact with students, faculty, administrators and community partners. The fellow will be responsible for placing service learning students into placement sites, helping to develop relationships with community partners and faculty instructors, and evaluating service learning students at the end of each semester. This position offers a variety of opportunities for a graduate student who is interested in academic/student life/community partnerships and other forms of civic & community engagement activities.

Fellowship Job Duties

Austin Scholars program

  • Place students in their sites
  • Implement an orientation program for service learning students
  • Develop relationships with community site coordinators
  • Monitor student progress at their service locations
  • Assist as needed with the City of God/Austin Scholars Program
  • Engage students with reflection and assessment
  • Create and facilitate reflection workshops that align with students’ coursework and service experiences
  • Advise the service learning student executive board

Engage community partners in the service learning program at Merrimack College

  • Communicate regularly with partners
  • Create a partnership handbook
  • Organize an end of year recognition event for community partners and students
  • Assist in evaluation and assessment of partnerships
  • Create new partnerships (if interested)

General Office Duties

  • Assist in other office projects (for example – McKniff Ceremony, Mack Gives Back, Open House, Admitted Student Days
  • Participate in end of semester assessments and reporting
  • Day-to-day office maintenance (including updating web page and other social media)
  • Update and coordinate transportation schedules as needed

Position Requirements

  • Strong communication skills
  • A high level of energy, flexibility, and the ability to work both independently and as a team
  • Some basic computer skills (Excel, Access) would be a plus
  • Past experience working with students (Service learning, Residence Life, Leadership programs) would also be helpful but not a requirement
  • The fellow would be given training about the service learning program and would work with a professional staff member at the beginning of the year to learn the nature of the job but would be expected to handle their own caseload relatively quickly

Where You’ll Get Your Professional Experience

Fellows serve on site with our community partners. Here is a sampling of current and past organizations:

  • ACT Lawrence
  • Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation
  • Beverly Council on Aging
  • Gann Academy
  • Lawrence Public Library
  • Mel King Institute
  • Merrimack College
  • Neighbors in Need
  • North Shore Community College
  • North Shore Community Development Coalition
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Root
  • St. Anselm College
  • The Community Group
  • University of Minnesota

After Merrimack

You’ll find Merrimack graduates making a difference in prestigious jobs such as:
  • Nutrition Research and Outreach Assistant, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Education Specialist, Essex National Heritage Commission
  • Development/Social Media/Volunteer Coordinator, Plummer Home for Boys
  • Advisor, Career Pathways Bridge Program, Northern Essex Community College
  • Program Manager, Civic Engagement, Wellesley College
  • Dean of Student Life, Mount St. Joseph Academy (Pennsylvania)
  • Director of Technical Assistance, Youth Build USA
  • Senior Associate Director, Service Learning and Civic Engagement, Bentley University

Who Are Our Fellows?

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.

Please 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 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.
  • 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 six or more of your staff at a reduced rate. Please contact Audrey Falk for additional information.

Are You Interested in Hosting a Fellow?

Learn more about hosting a Community Engagement Fellow at your site on our site information page.

Dean and Alumni Scholarships

Dean and Alumni Scholarships are available to students who are not receiving a fellowship. No additional application is needed.

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