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.

Full-Tuition Fellowships

The Winston School of Education and Social Policy offers a wide range of Presidential graduate fellowship opportunities, including external and internal (on-campus) positions. Presidential Fellowships cover 100% of your graduate tuition and include a 9-month, unpaid fellowship placement of 25 hours per week or a 21-month unpaid fellowship placement of 10 hours per week.

Featured Fellowship Opportunities

Please note: This list does not contain the most up-to-date information regarding available Community Engagement fellowships. Apply to see all of our currently available opportunities!

Community Coordinator Intern, Connected Communities by WinnCompanies (1-Year Fellow)

Position Description

The fellow will work as a part of the Connected Communities team at WinnCompanies to support and enhance the quality of life at the assigned property across six key outcome areas: Stable Housing, Employment, Education, Health, Community Engagement and Economic Mobility.

Supported by onsite staff as well as the Team Development Manager, the fellow will work with residents, partners, and community staff to conduct a community assessment. The fellow will then utilize data from community assessments to establish a baseline picture of community indicators that will be used to inform community plans or policy recommendations and develop partnerships. The data may also be used to connect residents to needed resources, in collaboration with the onsite Senior Community Coordinator. The intern will also be responsible for planning community events, either alone or in collaboration with teammates, and for referring residents to appropriate resources.

Connected Communities will work with the fellow to identify an appropriate subsidized apartment community to be placed at, based on location or population. Possible placement options include Boston Chinatown, Worcester, Malden.

Position Responsibilities

  • Conduct needs and interests assessments with residents and identify areas of need
  • Conduct outreach within community to encourage engagement and resident profile completion
  • Review data from resident profiles to make recommendations
  • Refer residents to social service agencies
  • Participate in resident meetings and community events
  • Based on identified needs, participate in planning educational or engagement-related events for residents
  • Support language access needs in a diverse community setting. Translation tools and resources are available onsite

Teaching Fellow, Kids In Tech, Inc. (1- or 2-Year Fellow)

Position Description

The Kids in Tech Teaching Fellowship is designed to increase access for K-12 students to authentic, experience-based learning opportunities. Fellows will be placed at host site partners to support them with designing innovative, hands-on learning experiences, building partnerships with local community stakeholders, and mobilizing volunteers.

Kids in Tech seeks a talented, enthusiastic, and diverse cohort of educators to serve as part-time Teaching Associates for the upcoming academic year. As a Teaching Associate (TA), you will work in a school within the Lowell Public school district, serving as a 2nd shift educator in the school building or local youth serving agency. You will lead an elementary middle school classroom and deepen student learning to reinforce science and technology concepts to deliver project-based learning, and increase access to diverse career pathways in science and technology.

TAs work approximately 15-20 hours per week. Schedules vary by school or youth serving agencies, but all TAs will work Monday through Thursday for five hours in the afternoon. TAs should be available between 2:50pm to 6pm Monday- Thursday.

As a Teaching Associate, you will play a critical role in Kids in Tech’s effort to engage, build confidence and inspire curiosity in our students. You will be an ideal candidate for this position if you are an innovator, enjoy working and challenging young minds creatively. This is a part-time position reporting to the Program Manager.

Serving as a member of the Kids in Tech’s team means working in a fast-paced environment that values learning and an entrepreneurial approach. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Kids in Tech is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse team across our network.

Position Responsibilities

  • Inspire students to set and achieve ambitious academic and personal goals
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with families, colleagues, partner organizations, and school staff and administration to support student growth and hold students to consistently high expectations
  • Create opportunities for students that strengthen the connection between academic success, college, and career
  • Teach and lead workshops and sessions
  • Create lesson plans, learning materials, assignment materials, and more for the afterschool tech club program
  • Maintain accurate class records and support student placement process
  • Maintain accurate campus information including contact information, campus calendars, and campus schedules
  • Collect and track student data in order to make decisions for individual students and the program
  • Build and leverage relationships with students, families, volunteers, peers, and the school community
  • Plan and manage logistics for events both on- and off-campus

Community Engagement Fellow, Mass Union of Public Housing Tenants (1- or 2-Year Fellow)

Position Description

This Fellow will allow us to expand opportunities for the Mass Union of Public Housing Tenants’ policy agenda to empower tenants living in public housing to organize and build collective power by providing support to tenants.

Position Responsibilities 

  • Conduct outreach to network regions and activities which benefit the local tenant organization and its members and Mass Union of Public Housing Tenants
  • Provide leadership and direction to tenants or local tenant organizations in need of assistance
  • Work collaboratively with Mass Union staff to develop ideas for training, policy, or strategies that will benefit tenants
  • Update and maintain Salesforce database to ensure the accuracy of the information
  • Assist in fundraising, grant research, and writing
  • Help to develop program metrics

Community Engagement Fellow, Holyoke Community College (2-Year Fellow)

Position Description

Objective 1: Help HCC to evaluate and prepare for application to the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Gather campuswide data and documentation related to the 2026 Application Framework for the Carnegie Community Engagement Elective Classification.

  • Collect quantitative and program data and narrative stories
  • Identify areas of strength and weakness with respect to policies, programming, teaching, learning, scholarship, community impacts/outcomes, academic-community partnerships
  • Help HCC determine by 11/1/24 whether to proceed with a 2026 round Carnegie Community Engagement application, or to plan for a subsequent submission in the 2029 round. If the latter, then build proposals for policy, structural improvements, procedural and programmatic changes to include in strategic planning centered around Integrative Learning but connected to all college areas
  • Work to develop a Carnegie application team with special attention to developing understanding of the College’s workforce development activities and mission with respect to community engagement on campus and in an application framework

Objective 2: Help strengthen HCC’s new “Integrative Learning Department” as an institutional hub for pedagogy and practice with respect to community-engaged learning

  • Identify possible resources or opportunities for faculty/staff professional development on integrative learning practices
  • Gather information on other internship models at community colleges specifically
  • Integrate Holyoke Bound as an expectation for community of practice for CBL work at HCC for staff, faculty, and students
  • Assist Integrative Learning, wraparound support programs, and experiential learning partnerships based on the goal to integrate partnership development across service learning, internships, work-study, etc. and on sustainability assessment work undertaken by a member of the Grants Office staff
  • Support other IL team priorities which align with the new Integrative Learning Department’s priorities and the College’s strategic plan

Position Responsibilities

Collect data, narrative details, and information about relevant processes pertaining to community engagement practices from programs and offices on campus, including especially:

  • Curricular engagement (including non-credit workforce development)
  • Co-curricular engagement (that may include internships embedded in existing programs)
  • Community partnerships and outreach programs
  • Community-engaged scholarship

Small Business Fellow, North Shore CDC (1- or 2-Year Fellow)

Position Description

The Small Business Fellow, reporting to the Small Business Coordinator, will play a key role in the community engagement elements of the Small Business Program. This position is responsible for ensuring that communication channels between North Shore CDC and the community are small and rich in valuable information. The fellow will conduct research on small business resources, craft posts for our social media, join community outreach walks, and contribute to the small business related events. The Small Business Fellow should be outgoing, innovative, and enthusiastic to work in a developing and ever-evolving program.

Position Responsibilities

  • Assist with the development, posting, and organization of the Small Business Program social media. Find a “business of the week” and write synopsis, photograph north shore businesses and neighborhoods, create event flyers and help draft a monthly newsletter of resources for small business owners
  • Conduct research through web searches and networking on small business loans and grant opportunities to develop the program’s database of resources
  • Help manage events by organizing logistics, booking partners, communicating with business owners, and contributing to conversations during workshops
  • Spanish/English translation support for business coaching sessions conducted by the Small Business Coordinator (not required but preferred)
  • Ensure equitable access to resources targeting small businesses

Program Coordinator, MakeIT Haverhill, Community Action Inc. (1-Year Fellow)

Position Description

MakeIT Haverhill is a Community Action, Inc. program specializing in workforce development, comprehensive technology-based training, and ESOL. Our program aims to equip individuals with the necessary tools and knowledge to enter the workforce and attain financial stability.

The Program Coordinator will collaborate with the Assistant Program Director and Program Director to create, manage, and supervise diverse projects that are part of our English Language, Digital Literacy and Equity, and Workforce Development programs. The Program Coordinator will aid in developing and executing various outreach strategies that aim to boost awareness of the organization’s programs and services. Additionally, the coordinator will establish and maintain relationships with community partners, stakeholders, and volunteers. The program coordinator will arrange and manage community events, activities, and programs, and carry out outreach activities such as presentations, workshops, and meetings to engage members. Finally, the program coordinator will ensure that programs and services run smoothly.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to increase awareness of the organization’s programs and services
  • Build and maintain relationships with community partners, stakeholders, and volunteers
  • Organize and coordinate community events, activities, and programs
  • Conduct outreach activities to engage community members, such as presentations, workshops, and meetings
  • Collect and analyze data to measure the impact of outreach initiatives and make programmatic decisions
  • Develop and manage program budgets and resources
  • Recruit and supervise program staff and volunteers
  • Develop and implement program policies and procedures
  • Ensure compliance with funding requirements and regulations
  • Collaborate with other departments within the organization to achieve program goals and objectives

Community Engagement Fellow, Neighbors In Need (NIN) (1- or 2-Year Fellow)

Position Description

The Merrimack College Community Engagement Fellow is a soup-to-nuts position, allowing the Fellow a variety of experiences in a non-profit setting. It could include: supporting the Diaper Pantry/Diaper Bank programs, providing staff support for the Soup’s On! Fundraising Dinner and Auction, maintaining our database and electronic/social media communications, and coordinating and recognizing volunteers throughout our agency. The 2024-2025 fellowship will most likely focus on social media/marketing and communications.

Position Responsibilities

Electronic/social media and outreach

  • Update Constant Contact lists of volunteers, donors, and other interested parties
  • Assist with the design and development of new NIN website
  • Initiate email-based marketing communications using Constant Contact, to assist various Neighbors In Need fundraising and volunteer campaigns
  • Support and/or create a presence for NIN on various social networking platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
  • Assist with Annual Fundraiser collateral material including possible video, slide shows, etc.

Volunteer Coordination & Recognition

  • Schedule volunteers for warehouse, diaper program, food pantries and deliveries – up to 50 volunteers each week
  • Manage Sign-Up Genius platform for volunteer scheduling
  • Schedule and work with volunteer groups (i.e. churches, scouts, schools) that are interested in volunteer in our warehouse, pantries and for our holiday food distribution
  • Create/update volunteer tracking spreadsheet, track all volunteer activities
  • Coordinate annual volunteer recognition event(s).

Soup’s On Staffing Event

  • Provide staff support to committee planning event
  • Solicit silent auction item donors
  • Recruit and engage volunteers in mailings and day of the event
  • Track and record auction items in Google Doc spreadsheet and auction software
  • Assist with signage and other collateral support

Diaper Pantry/Bank

  • Support the Infant Program by actively engaging client families, client service and referrals, and client and donor tracking procedures, including distribution of formula, diapers and infant clothing

Communications and Development Fellow, Friends of the Rafael Hernández School, Inc. (1-Year Fellow)

Position Description

The Rafael Hernández Dual Language School is a city-wide public school located in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. It serves 410 students in grades pre-K through 8th. The school provides dual language education, where all students are taught in both Spanish and English. The Friends of the Rafael Hernández (FOH) is the affiliated 501(c)(3) organization that secures resources that otherwise would not be available to the school via the district school budget. FOH is seeking a part-time Communications and Development Fellow to lead social media and public relations campaigns, and assist with grant research and writing and community outreach.

Position Responsibilities

  • Manage social media strategy, researching, writing and designing content
  • Assist with monthly online newsletter and other public relations materials
  • Assist with grant research and writing ? Secure sponsorships through neighborhood organizations and businesses
  • Support planning of special events including annual Spring community building and fundraising event

Community Engagement Fellow, JM Goldson (1-Year Fellow)

Position Description

As the Community Engagement Fellow at JM Goldson, you would support our Community Engagement Specialist, Elana Zabar, M.Ed, CNU-A (MC ’22), in connecting residents to planning initiatives in their community. Building off our engagement toolbox, you would assist municipalities with incorporating robust community participation into their planning initiatives. You will work closely with our team to develop and implement community engagement strategies, ensuring that the voices of all community members have equitable opportunities to participate in building their community’s future, no matter their socio-demographic identity, time constraints, or other barriers to participation.

Position Responsibilities

  • Collaboration with Project Teams: Work closely with the team to advise on engagement systems and improve JM Goldson’s engagement toolbox
  • Communication & Relationship Building: Manage engagement-related communications with the client, committee members, and community members
  • Community Events and Public Presentations: Organize and facilitate community events, workshops, and meetings to gather input on planning initiatives, projects, and development proposals
  • Data Collection: Design, implement, and analyze engagement tools for community planning projects
  • Social Media Management and Marketing: Create content to celebrate engagement efforts, teach about the importance of public participation, and advertise upcoming opportunities

The above responsibilities are intended to reflect the general nature of this position but are not meant to be an exhaustive list. There are several avenues of planning and engagement for the fellow to explore, if interested.

Community Engagement Coordinator, Greater Commonwealth Virtual School (1-Year Fellow)

Position Description

The Community Engagement Coordinator is a facilitator, coordinator, and community engagement role for GCVS, a K-12 fully online public school in the state of Massachusetts. The Community Engagement Coordinator will focus on building relationships with volunteers, local community partners and service providers in order to fundraise, market, and positively promote the school. The Community Engagement Coordinator will work closely with GCVS staff to assist in the overall coordination of services and opportunities to ensure adherence to the organization mission and values of student engagement, building community, and equitable practices that promote race equity, diversity and inclusion.

Position Responsibilities

  • The Community Engagement Coordinator will assist members of the GCVS Senior Leadership team in marketing, fundraising, and grant monitoring
  • Working directly with the GCVS Director of Enrollment, the Community Engagement Coordinator will build relationships with community partners and support outreach and fundraising efforts. Such fundraising efforts will help to support GCVS families, the GCVS supply budget, and social initiatives for students and GCVS staff
  • The Community Engagement Coordinator will create a database of resources for GCVS including local businesses, community organizations, and other agency partners
  • The Community Engagement Coordinator will monitor grants available to GCVS on a weekly basis and coordinate with the GCVS senior leadership team regarding grants to pursue for application

Community Engagement Fellow, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. (CMAA) (1-Year Fellow)

Position Description

The Community Engagement Fellow is responsible for assisting Community Engagement Coordinator to provide community education on civic engagement as well as other relevant community education for CMAA.

Position Responsibilities

  • Conduct outreach to Cambodian Community to recruit members for community education on civic engagement, conduct focus groups, key informant interviews to solicit input from the community in developing community education programs
  • Collaborate with various community partners as well as Lowell Vote Coalition in enrolling community members to register to vote and educate community about the importance of civic participation as a US Citizen
  • Engage CMAA program participants in the education and focus groups
  • Work collaboratively with CMAA staff to develop ideas for involving the community in the work of the CMAA

Community Engagement Coordinator, Lawrence General Hospital (1- or 2-Year Fellow)

Position Description

The Community Engagement Coordinator supports the hospital’s community engagement efforts broadly, provides logistics and in-person support for Community Cardiac Screening events, and works closely with the Community Engagement Program Manager under the supervisor of the Executive Director of Population Health & Care Continuum.

Position Responsibilities

  • Coordinate community engagement events – scheduling, outreach to community partners, assistance with logistics including setup/breakdown
  • Manage the hospital’s staff-facing community engagement event calendar, recruitment and confirmation of staff volunteers for community engagement events
  • Interact with community partner contacts and community residents
  • Manage community engagement supplies (marketing materials, giveaway items, educational materials and equipment), ensuring minimum par levels and communicating with the CE Program Manager when items need to be reordered
  • Data entry following community engagement events

Hands To Help Program Coordinator Graduate Fellow, Merrimack College/Hands To Help (1-Year Fellow)

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 tutors 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, daily staffing of the center, execute trainings, coordinate team builders, and plan activities for the program. It is our hope that the fellow promotes 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.

Position Responsibilities

  • Manage an after school tutoring program of 25 children
  • Coordinate field trips, activities, team builders and trainings
  • Recruit new tutors to work for the tutoring program (around 10)
  • Work with families of children in the tutoring program to understand the needs of the child (English learners, reading comprehension, etc.)
  • Serve as a resource and advise tutors 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
  • Assist in designing and implementing evaluative processes to assess program delivery and effectiveness

McQuade Library Fellow, Merrimack College (1-Year Fellow)

Position Description

McQuade Library’s Community Engagement Fellow will provide students with research assistance via consultations and assisting in library workshops. They 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 online research guides and promoting Merrimack ScholarWorks.

*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.

Position Responsibilities

  • Work with students via research consultations and library workshops
  • Coordinate and promote McQuade Library events, initiatives, and displays that reach Merrimack community and beyond (Human Library event, Courage to Remember display, etc.)
  • Seek opportunities to collaborate with other campus stakeholders to position library as essential campus partner in community engagement
  • Create social media content and promotional materials
  • Create, edit, and publish research guides 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 to promote the 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)

Community Engagement Fellowship Process


  1. Click the “Apply Now” button below or go to to begin or resume your graduate application.
  2. Within your app, select “Yes” for “Are you applying to a fellowship?”
  3. Submit your application. Be sure to complete the required Fellowship essay.
  4. Receive your admission decision. If admitted to the master’s program, you’ll receive further instructions about the fellowship process.
A screenshot from an iPhone displaying the question about fellowship interest on the graduate application.

How It Works

  • Earn your 36-credit M.Ed. in Community Engagement tuition free.
  • 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.
  • Community Engagement fellowships are available in three modalities: in-person, hybrid, and remote.


Fellowship Application Process

The Master of Education in Community Engagement program is still accepting fellowship applications!

We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible for your best chance at a preferred placement. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all fellowship positions have been filled.

The process is as follows:

  1. Submit your online application. Be sure to indicate that you are interested in the fellowship within your application (check the box).
  2. Submit your initial ranking form. Students who are accepted for admission and invited to interview for a fellowship will be eligible to review and rank their preferred positions. If you are invited, your invitation will include a deadline for submitting your selections. Please note: we do not guarantee that you will be invited to interview for your top selections.
  3. Complete your site interviews. 
  4. Submit your post-interview rankings. After the interviews, both students and sites must complete and submit their post-interview ranking forms, ranking their preferences for final placement.
  5. Receive your match notification. Match letters will be sent to all students and supervisors.


Important Community Engagement Fellowship Information:

Courses Begin: Fellows may opt to start their coursework in May (Summer III) or August (Fall)

Duration of Fellowship Placement: CE fellowships begin on Monday, August 19, 2024. CE fellows placed at Merrimack College will begin their training on August 12 and will also have a full week of training during the week of August 19. The fellowship placement will be held until May 2025 or May 2026.

Please note: Participation in the fellowship placement process is NOT a guarantee of a fellowship.

Questions? All interested students should email Callie Friant-Bulens in Graduate Admissions for further information.

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.

Are You Interested in Hosting a Fellow?

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. 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.

Send Me Info

Here’s how to get more information about Merrimack College’s Master of Education Degree in Community Engagement.

"*" indicates required fields

Stay up-to-date on the latest news about Merrimack College graduate programs and your program of interest. Please note a bachelor's degree is a prerequisite to enrolling in any graduate program. (* denotes required field)

Your Name*

Clicking the “Submit” button constitutes your expressed written consent to be emailed, called and/or texted by Merrimack College and its educational partners at the address(es) and number(s) you provided, regarding furthering your education. You understand that these messages may be generated using an automated technology.)

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.