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 also 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 2021-2022 Community Engagement Fellowship Program
- Priority Application Deadline*: February 15, 2021
- Interview Day (virtual): April 16, 2021
- Summer Orientation: June 2021
- Courses Begin: Summer II, July 6, 2021 (optional electives in Summer I, beginning mid-May)
- Fellowship Placement Begins: mid-August 2021
*Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis for any open positions and/or admission into the traditional graduate program (non-fellowship).
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.
Here’s how it works:
If you’re selected for our prestigious full-tuition M.Ed. fellowship, you will:
- 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.
This program focuses on diversity and social justice, community development, and organizational change. Students gain a broad understanding of civic engagement in the nonprofit sector, including trends, theoretical models, and best practices. This versatile degree will prepare students for outreach and partnership work in schools, colleges, and community organizations.
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.
Where You’ll Get Your Professional Experience
Fellows serve on site with our community partners. Here is a sampling of current and past organizations.
- Merrimack College, Financial Capability Center
- Middlesex Community College, Service Learning Center
- Neighbors in Need
- North Shore Community College
- North Shore Community Development Coalition
- Northern Essex Community College
- Nutrition Research and Outreach Assistant, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Program Coordinator, NYU School of Medicine, Office of Diversity Affairs
- Residence Director, Bentley University
- Education Specialist, Essex National Heritage Commission
- Development/Social Media/Volunteer Coordinator, Plummer Home for Boys
- Advisor, Career Pathways Bridge Program, Northern Essex Community College
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.
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 6 or more of your staff at a reduced rate. Please contact Audrey Falk for additional information.