The Community Engagement Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for students to complete the Master’s Program in Community Engagement in one or two years while also gaining valuable real-world experience in a wide range of community settings.
One-year fellows complete a nine-month field-based professional experience in a partner school, college, non-profit or community-based organization, 25 hours per week. Two-year fellows complete a 21-month professional experience, 10 hours per week. 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 2021-2022 academic year, please visit the Community Engagement Fellowship Site Application.
Sites pay a financial commitment of $15,500 per fellow to Merrimack College over the 2021-2022 academic year. If you have a two-year fellow, the fee is pro-rated over the two years. 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
One-year fellows work from mid-August to mid-May, providing 25 hours per week of service to their organizations over the course of the Fellowship. Two-year fellows provide 10 hours per week of service to their organizations over the course of the Fellowship. All fellowships begin in mid-August.
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.