School Counseling Fellowships

Graduate fellowships for the school counseling program help defray tuition costs while building and enhancing your professional skills. Scholarships are also available for those seeking a fellowship.

Fellowship Types

The Winston School of Education and Social Policy offers a wide range of internal (on-campus) graduate fellowship opportunities of the following types:

  • Presidential Fellowships provide 100% of your graduate tuition and include a 9-month, unpaid fellowship placement of 25 hours per week.
  • Provost Fellowships provide 50% of your graduate tuition and include a 9-month, unpaid fellowship placement of 15 hours per week.

*Please note that for two-year programs, the fellowship award applies to one year (36 credits) only.

Featured Fellowship Opportunities

Please note: This list does not include all of our M.Ed. in School Counseling fellowships. Apply to discover additional opportunities!

Visitor Services and Ambassador Program Admission Associate (Presidential)

Position Description

The graduate fellow in the Admission – Welcome Center will be responsible for assisting Admission staff members with all aspects of the effective recruitment of prospective students. As a Visitor Services and Ambassador Program Admission Associate, the graduate fellow will interact daily with prospective students and families, as well as current students, faculty and staff members across campus. The fellow should be an energetic, customer-service oriented self-starter who is comfortable communicating to diverse audiences. The Visitor Services and Ambassador Program Admission Associate will also work closely with the Admission Ambassador program to assist in the growth of the program.

The admission process is cyclical and fellows will have the opportunity to assist with all stages of the admission cycle, including recruitment travel, campus visits, application processing and evaluation, special events, and yield efforts.

Estimated percentage of work that involves in-person contact with students: 95%

Responsibilities Include

  • Meeting one-on-one with students and families
  • Conducting prospective student interviews
  • Giving information sessions about Merrimack and the admission process to groups of all sizes
  • Assisting the Senior Admission Counselor for Visitor Services and Ambassador program with many aspects of the Ambassador program
  • Assisting with the Ambassador application process
  • Supporting the Ambassador program by collaborating on group process days, applicant interviews, and the hiring process
  • Organizing the Ambassador schedule to ensure coverage, emphasizing the diversity of majors and other demographics
  • Collaborate with the Senior Admission Counselor for Visitor Services and Ambassador Program on the mentoring and structure of the Ambassador Executive Board
  • Devising new and innovative ideas to make the program different and successful
  • Greeting guests entering the Arcidi Center (prospective students and families, campus/community members, etc.)
  • Maintaining the Welcome Center facilities that visitors interact with on a daily basis
  • Occasional data entry into Slate
  • Responding to phone or email inquiries
  • Assisting with campus tours as necessary
  • Representing the Office of Admission at special events, such as Open Houses and Admitted Student Days
  • Assisting with special event planning, preparation and execution

Compass Academic Success Coach (Presidential)

Position Description

Compass seeks to foster student success through a program of transformational learning experiences including cohort courses, academic coaching, and coordinated support services. The Academic Coaching team seeks to gradually increase the students’ self-reliance through academic and professional skill building. The graduate fellow for Compass will be responsible for assisting the Compass team in supporting entering freshmen with the academic and social support they need to foster to meet the demands of higher education. The projected student acceptance into Compass for Fall 2024 is 280 incoming freshmen; the graduate fellow will be responsible for providing academic coaching to a caseload of about 25 students.

The Compass Fellow will receive training to help students transition between high school and college and develop skills such as critical thinking and reading, college-level writing, time management strategies, goal setting and self-discipline through one-on-one academic coaching meetings, team-led workshops, and guided study time.

Estimated percentage of work that involves in-person contact with students: 90%

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide support, motivation, and guidance to first-year students in the program
  • Assist in organization/execution of projects geared towards first-year retention and academic readiness
  • Assist in and organize community-building activities and workshops for first-year and upper-class Compass students
  • Assist the Compass Program staff and faculty instructors in delivering critical thinking and writing skills, addressing academic insecurities, test-taking strategies, time management and other academic readiness skills
  • Meet with a caseload of approximately 25 students one-on-one each week for academic coaching meetings, maintaining outreach and communication with the students through e-mail and other electronic communication
  • Attend the cornerstone Compass cohort lecture early in the semester to understand the Compass curriculum
  • Communicate with faculty in order to assist the students and professors with the success of the course
  • Meet regularly with the Compass Program staff, including academic coaching training & team meetings
  • Mentor and support upper-class student peer leaders in order to facilitate their successful contact and support of first-year students
  • Maintain reports and data tracking student progress, student engagement and attendance
  • Assist in planning and delivery of reflection and academic readiness workshops as assigned
  • Maintain a team attitude and complete any and all duties and tasks as assigned
  • Participate in the Academic Success Center as a member of the larger team of student support personnel, including attending staff meetings and special events

First Year Experience Fellow (Presidential)

Position Description

The First Year Experience Fellow, with the staff of the First Year Experience Office, will support the organization and execution of the “First Year Experience”. The First Year Experience (FYE) consists of two major elements:

  • A mandatory FYE course for all first year students, which is co-taught by an FYE Instructor (professional faculty/staff member) and an FYE Mentor (upperclassman student leader)
  • Targeted initiatives/programs aimed at promoting engagement and retention of first year students.

The First Year Experience Fellow’s main responsibility will be to coordinate the second element, the targeted initiatives/programs of the Office. The Fellow will spearhead the office’s signature programs (such as the DEI workshops, Communication & Conflict Management workshops, Wellness Week activities, First Year Registration Assistance, etc.). The Fellow can also develop and establish new, creative targeted initiatives/programs.

The First Year Experience Fellow will support the FYE course by serving as a point-person for a caseload of FYE Mentors. As such, the First Year Experience Fellow will be the first point of professional contact for their caseload in terms of training and support. The First Year Experience Fellow will lead weekly training sessions for their Mentors, as well as meet individually with each FYE Mentor on their caseload at least three times throughout the semester.

In addition, as a member of the larger Academic Success Center team, the First Year Experience Fellow will work as an Academic Success Coach, meeting with individual at-risk, first year students. The fellow will be responsible for outreach to these students and triaging any concerns they bring up. The fellow will help the students develop skills such as critical thinking, reading, writing, time management, goal setting, and discipline through one-on-one meetings.

Estimated percentage of work that involves in-person contact with students: 60%, though at busy times of the year (midterms, registration, finals, etc.) this could be closer to 75%, as is typical for staff in the ASC.

Position Responsibilities

  • Implement signature programs of the office
  • Collaboratively and strategically work with offices across campus on targeted initiatives/programs
  • Plan and implement new, creative targeted initiatives/programs for first year students
  • Serve as a point person for a caseload of FYE Mentors
  • Plan weekly trainings/events for the FYE Mentors with the help of the two Mentor Coordinators
  • Assist with the daily coordination of 65+ FYE courses in the Fall and 3+ FYE courses in the Spring
  • Serve on cross-campus committees including the FYE Full Team Committee and the FYE Advisory Board
  • Serve as an Academic Success Coach to a caseload of at-risk, first year students
  • Participate with other fellows in the work of the Academic Success Center as a member of the larger team of student support personnel, including academic counseling for students on academic probation, attending staff meetings, special events, etc.

Winston Center for Advising and Student Support Graduate Fellow (Presidential)

Position Description

The Center for Advising and Student Support (CASS) within the Winston School of Education & Social Policy (WSESP) is a one-stop location for students to receive both academic and career advising. The Fellow will support students’ acclimation and transition, focusing primarily on first-year and transfer Education and Human Development & Human Services majors, but also assisting with other students as needed. The Fellow does not need to have prior knowledge or experience with an education academic program, but simply a desire to gain hands-on experience in advising and take an active role in working with students. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work with representatives from the O’Brien Career Center, the Academic Success Center, and the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support.

In addition to responsibilities within the CASS office, the Fellow will participate in administrative activities related to the WSESP. There may also be opportunities in other categories based on the needs of the WSESP, as well as the interests and career objectives of the Fellow.

Fellows will also take part in Merrimack’s campus-wide Holistic Success Coaching program and as such have a small caseload of transitioning first year students to coach throughout the year. Duties include providing outreach and support to students, attending professional development trainings, and tracking student engagement in the Merrimack Connect Database.

Estimated percentage of work that involves in-person contact with students: 80%

Position Responsibilities

Student Support and Advising: (80%)

  • Assist the advising team with the advising of and acclimation for Education and Human Development & Human Services majors. The Fellow will be assigned a caseload of first-year and transfer students and be actively involved in acclimation, advising, and retention efforts for these students
  • The Fellow may also have the opportunity to participate in other advising and retention initiatives from across the college. Some past fellows have been Success Coaches for a small caseload of first-year students, and some have even assisted with the Retention Coordination Committee. These duties will be assigned as the opportunities arise.
  • Review and maintain accurate advising documentation.

Administrative and Operational: (20%)

  • Keep updated records of student meetings on Slate.
  • Assist the advising team with enrollment management.

Freshman Admission & Recruitment Graduate Fellow (Presidential)

Position Description

The graduate fellow in Freshman Admission will be responsible for assisting Undergraduate (Day) Freshman Admission staff members with all aspects of the recruitment and enrollment of prospective students. As an Admission Associate, the graduate fellow(s) will interact daily with prospective students and families, as well as current students, faculty and staff members across campus, and should thus be an energetic, customer-service oriented self-starter who is comfortable communicating to diverse audiences. The Admission Associate will also work collectively with the Admission Operation staff, Admission International Team, Admission Transfer Team and Admission Welcome Center Staff on various projects. The admission process is cyclical and fellows will have the opportunity to assist with all stages of the admission cycle, including recruitment travel, campus visits, application processing and evaluation, advising, special events, and yield efforts.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide exceptional customer service, by establishing channels of communication with prospective students to introduce them to and inform them of Merrimack College; facilitate their relationship with the institution throughout the admission process – inquiry through enrolled students.
  • Counsel students and families throughout the application process by answering questions, as well as providing general support and advice.
  • Represent Merrimack in local territories by attending college fairs, individual visits to secondary schools, and other recruitment and yield events. (in-person & virtually)
  • Represent the Office of Admission at special events, such as Open Houses and Admitted Student Days
  • Lead information sessions, conduct interviews, and engage in 1:1 meetings with students & families
  • Assist with application evaluation and review
  • Staff Mack, Merrimack’s text-bot, to support text based communication initiatives
  • Respond to phone & email inquiries
  • Other responsibilities as required

Community Standards Graduate Fellow (Presidential)

Position Description

The graduate fellow in the Office of Community Standards will gain knowledge in and assist with the facilitation of the student conduct system, including holding administrative hearings and acting as the chairperson for student conduct hearing boards.

The fellow will also work in collaboration with offices on campus on health and wellness initiatives and programs. Additionally, the graduate fellow may be called upon for administrative support of the Merrimack College CARE system.

Position Responsibilities

  • Participate in the review of weekly cases through the Advocate Discipline database
  • Conduct administrative hearings and participate on student conduct board
  • Facilitate student conduct board process
  • Review best practices in and assist in the development of creative sanctioning including Bystander Intervention Workshops
  • Assist in database management through student conduct checks
  • Manage police reports through the Advocate Discipline database
  • Conduct CARE outreach and manage student CARE files
  • Facilitate CHOICES/BASICS alcohol prevention program
  • Work to support wellness programming, covering topics such as substance use/abuse, mental health, sexual assault/relationship violence, general safety, and other topics, development and execution.

Career Advisor, Graduate Fellow (Provost)

Position Description

The Career Advising Fellow in the Winston School of Education and Social Policy (WSESP) will support career development for undergraduate students including advising, success coaching, workshops, events, and activities. The fellow will support first year students as they begin the career development journey. The fellow will teach a variety of career development workshops, assist with career development classes full time staff are teaching, and support any signature program and event initiatives. Additionally, the fellow will provide success coaching to students struggling academically.

Position Responsibilities

  • Serve as a career advisor for first year students in WSESP (approximately 160 students); facilitate individual and small group advising appointments incorporating self, major and career exploration, and triaging to a professional career advisor when necessary. Utilize career assessment tools including software and online resources to help students gain insight to their values, interests, personality, and strengths. Support Merrimack’s campus-wide holistic advising by providing outreach and support to students, attending professional development trainings, and tracking student engagement. – 35%
  • Manage weekly career drop-in hours and assist students of all class years with: resume and cover letter reviews, networking and LinkedIn help, internship and co-op questions, interview preparation, job search strategies, and other career-related needs – 5%
  • Lead and teach a variety of Career Workshops that are requested by faculty or are part of the Winston Career Development courses. Topics include but are not limited to: resume writing, cover letter development, searching for a job or internship, personal branding. Support professional staff with developing course materials, updating fliers, promoting events, managing workshop logistics, and updating student focused branded materials – 25%
  • Outreach, support and provide academic coaching to a caseload of students who are struggling academically. Help students succeed, both academically and socially, with their courses and at the college. Caseload is based on faculty recommendations as well as mid term grade reports. – 10%
  • Support career initiatives for Winston students including job shadowing and site visit. Manage administrative part of the programs, as well as outreach potential sites, in conjunction with other staff doing outreach. – 15%
  • Participate in departmental and staff meetings, activities and events as appropriate/as schedule allows. – 10%

Graduate Residence Director (Presidential)

Position Description

The Graduate Resident Director (GRD) reports directly to the Area Coordinator (AC) in their assigned area. The GRD will co-supervise a Resident Advisor (RA) staff. In conjunction with their supervisor, they are responsible for the overall administration and daily operation of the assigned area. In addition, the successful candidate will be required to live in on-campus housing provided by the Office of Residence Life. Estimated percentage of work that involves in-person contact with students: 75%

GRDs are placed in a specific residential area on campus based on their skills and the needs of the department. On campus housing is provided to GRDs. The style of housing varies between residential areas, but all GRDs have a single bedroom to themselves and access to a private bathroom. GRDs are provided a full meal plan during the academic year while the dining hall is open. Option to renew for a second year with satisfactory performance as determined by direct supervisor and Associate Director for Selection, Training and Development in consultation with the Assistant Dean for Residence Life.

This position requires a start date in early July.

Position Responsibilities

  • Be available and visible to the residential population, and engage residents on a regular basis
  • Supervise the RA staff in conjunction with the AC
  • Serve as part of the on-call duty rotation; GRDs are considered emergency personnel during campus emergencies and are expected to be available to work outside regularly-scheduled hours during campus emergencies
  • Conduct regular facilities walks and report maintenance issues
  • Contribute to Residence Life processes including: opening, closings, RA Training, RA Selection and Housing Selection
  • Serve as part of a Residence Life Committee (such as RA Training, RA Selection, Professional Staff Selection, etc.), with the opportunity to lead a committee or task force in the second year
  • Lead critical RA training sessions based on experiences and interests
  • Attend weekly professional and RA staff meetings and July professional staff training
  • Develop, track, and assess RA programming as well as RA duty schedules
  • Recruit and advise a hall council
  • Assist with managing one of the Office of Residence Life’s signature programs
  • Serve as an administrative hearing officer for cases of student conduct violations
  • Other duties as assigned

Graduate Ambassador and Admission Associate (Presidential)

Position Description

The Graduate Ambassador and Admission Associate will work with the Sr. Asst. Director of Graduate Admission to support recruitment efforts and manage the Graduate Ambassadors. They will work closely with the admissions team on day-to-day operations, including reaching out to prospective students, reporting and process enhancement, event planning, and supporting other important initiatives. They will also manage the Graduate Ambassadors program. Graduate Ambassadors are a select group of students dedicated to the positive promotion of the College. Graduate Ambassadors will have a profile on the Merrimack College website which allows prospective students to reach out with questions about our graduate programs, Merrimack’s campus, and other concerns. The Graduate Ambassador and Admission Associate will also have the opportunity to engage in additional projects as needed by the Office of Graduate Admission that are of interest to them.

Position Responsibilities

Graduate Ambassadors:

  • Assist with the Ambassador application process
  • Organize the Ambassador schedule to ensure adequate coverage for tours, events, etc.
  • Plan monthly meetings and training sessions
  • Devise new and innovative ideas to make the program different and successful
  • Host an episode of the Merrimack College Podcast Grad Chat
  • Participate in recruiting events such as graduate fairs, open houses, and virtual info sessions

Graduate Admission:

  • Participate in recruiting events such as fairs, table time, open houses, and info sessions
  • Support students as they enroll into graduate programs
  • Meet regularly with the Sr. Asst. Director, participate as a team member of the Office of Graduate Admission, attend staff meetings and special events, and contribute to team projects as needed
  • Research successful college/university graduate programs to identify policies, practices, procedures, and new marketing initiatives; make recommendations based on best practices identified through research
  • Assist with data tracking and document management
  • Participate in program assessment, as needed

Advisor and Academic Success Coach, Activate (Presidential)

Position Description

The Activate Program is a voluntary program for students who self-identify as neurodiverse (i.e., who identify as having Autism, Asperger’s, Social Communication, or possess characteristics that align with the autism spectrum). It provides opportunities for neurodiverse students to connect with each other through social events, receive coaching support from dedicated staff and mentors, and participate in professional development and career readiness programming. The Mentors, Activate upper-class students, are hired to work for the program and trained to provide supplemental coaching and other support in the transition of the first year Activate students to the college environment.

This Advisor will play a key role in outreach efforts to prospective and presently participating Activate students while assuming many responsibilities in the planning and implementation of meetings and professional development programming of Activate Mentors. This individual will be responsible for managing a caseload of Activate Students and providing academic success coaching to those students. As the position is housed within the Accessibility Services Office (ASO), the Activate Program Graduate Office Advisor and Academic Success Coach will gain a concrete understanding of numerous aspects of disability services, ranging from documentation review and determination of reasonable accommodations and ongoing student support, to learning about FERPA, the ADA, and other related laws that governs college-level accommodations.

Position Responsibilities

  • Coach first year and sophomore students participating in the Activate Program on issues such as social skills, time management, and organization
  • Coordinate numerous responsibilities of Activate Mentors including, but not limited to: maintain the Activate Mentor Google Calendar for weekly meetings, events, and program requirements; develop mentorship skills and program preparation; design learning activities; and maintain attendance tracking
  • Assist with managing the Activate Program delegated email and social media pages, including communication concerning weekly social events and programming opportunities
  • Update and maintain the Activate student roster and track student engagement in Accommodate, help with student assistive technology needs, and student follow-up/outreach
  • Collaborate with the ASO staff on projects that are of interest to the Activate Program Graduate Office Advisor, including co-facilitating workshops, developing student support, or other initiatives
  • Attend meetings with supervisor and ASO team, as well as professional development trainings
  • Participate in Open Houses, Accepted Student Days, and Orientation events

Career Education & Preparation Fellow (Presidential)

Position Description

The Fellow will be responsible for a variety of efforts and initiatives designed to develop, deliver, track and evaluate professional and skills development training for students. The Fellow will also assist in managing the digital badging initiative, meeting with staff and faculty across campus to design and issue digital badges for non-credit bearing professional development and specific skills training. In collaboration with OCCD professional staff, the Fellow will be responsible for analyzing and interpreting data for programs, events, center engagement, technology engagement and usage and post-graduation success from a variety of sources to enable data-driven decision making.

Within this position, the Fellow will have the ability to present workshops on career development topics as designated by the professional staff and experience. Finally, the Fellow will support students, faculty and staff in using technology platforms currently in place and will help to evaluate and implement new technology platforms and initiatives.

Estimated percentage of work that involves in-person contact with students: 40%

Position Responsibilities

  • Support the digital badging initiative and meet with various stakeholders to develop badges and issue badges to participants
  • Collaborate with staff on building or revising career development curriculum and workshop offerings available to Merrimack students, staff and faculty
  • Lead workshops or provide occasional assistance to students with: resume and cover letter reviews, networking and LinkedIn, internship and co-op questions, interview preparation, job search strategies, and other career-related needs
  • Export engagement and activity data from multiple technology platforms in use in OCCD. Complete data management procedures (import/export data across platforms, clean data, and code raw data). Maintain all center records, reports, and files for long term storage and access
  • Perform basic quantitative data analysis as directed for multiple projects. Proof all reports comparing input to output for complete accuracy of data. Produce summary reports with Excel, PowerPoint, and/or data visualization software as appropriate
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with various constituencies outsides the OCCD to promote the academic/personal development of Merrimack students
  • Ability for the fellow to self-direct special initiatives and programs based on individual interests and professional goals

Pioneer Scholars Graduate Fellow (Presidential)

Position Description

The Student Engagement and Program Manager will facilitate a program to support the Pioneer Scholars by building community, cultivating a sense of belonging, managing student development and success workshops, and providing holistic mentoring for the Scholars. The program manager will check in regularly with Pioneer Scholars, both as individuals and as a cohort. They will work to ensure a smooth transition to college for the Pioneer Scholars, and will help to support the student’s personal, intellectual, and professional journeys. This position will collaborate with multiple stakeholders on campus, including the Provost’s Office, the Academic Success Center, The O’Brien Center for Career Development, Office of Admission, and Student Affairs.

Position Responsibilities

  • Mentor, support, and advocate for all Pioneer Scholars throughout their college career.
  • Develop trainings, leadership workshops, and programs that will assist in enhancing students sense of belonging, commitment to our mission and values, connection within our community, and to assist in academic progress, and career readiness.
  • Manage a student caseload that will provide academic support, time management, study skills, individual needs, personal development, and social engagement

Visitor Services Admission Associate (Presidential)

Position Description

The graduate fellow in the Admission – Welcome Center will be responsible for assisting Admission staff members with all aspects of the effective recruitment of prospective students. As a Visitor Services Admission Associate, the graduate fellow will interact daily with prospective students and families, as well as current students, faculty and staff members across campus. The fellow should be an energetic, customer-service oriented self-starter who is comfortable communicating to diverse audiences. The Visitor Services Admission Associate will also work closely with the Coordinator of Visitor Services to assist in the day to day operations of the Admission – Welcome Center, which is housed within the Arcidi Center.

The admission process is cyclical and fellows will have the opportunity to assist with all stages of the admission cycle, including recruitment travel, campus visits, application processing and evaluation, special events, and yield efforts.

Estimated percentage of work that involves in-person contact with students: 95%

Position Responsibilities

  • Giving information sessions about Merrimack and the admission process to groups of all sizes
  • Conducting prospective student interviews
  • Meeting one-on-one with students and families
  • Greeting guests entering the Arcidi Center (prospective students and families, campus/community members, etc.)
  • Maintaining the Welcome Center facilities that visitors interact with on a daily basis
  • Responding to phone or email inquiries
  • Coordinating and scheduling group visits to campus for outside organizations or area high school
  • Assisting the Coordinator of Visitors Services with the day to day operations of the Welcome Center facility
  • Contacting high school guidance offices or counselors with follow-up questions from an application or for other kinds of information
  • Assisting with special event planning, preparation and execution of large scale Admission events
  • Assisting with campus tours as necessary
  • Assisting with college fair coverage as necessary
  • Occasional data entry into Slate
  • Representing the Office of Admission at special events, such as Open Houses and Admitted Student Days

Transfer & Bachelor Degree Completion Admission Associate (Presidential)

Position Description

The Transfer & Bachelor Degree Completion Admission (BDC) Associate will work closely with the Assistant Director of Admission to help prospective students with their application, admission and enrollment at Merrimack College. This role will provide you with experience working with prospective students and families, traveling to local Community Colleges, conducting information sessions, co-managing overall communication with our prospective transfer students, management of the transfer credit system and more!

Position Responsibilities

  • Travel to local Community Colleges for Transfer Fairs and Table Visits
  • Create and complete Transfer Credit Evaluations (includes making updates as they come in)
  • Manage the Transfer Inbox Email
  • Conduct Information Sessions for Prospective Families and Students
  • Conduct Interviews for Prospective Students
  • Attend/Assist in Large Admission Events (Academic Preview Days, Open House, Admitted Student Days)
  • Review Applications (Calculate and Evaluate)
  • Conduct Transfer Tuesday Meetings with Prospective Transfer Students and Families
  • Conduct Phone-A-Thon Campaigns
  • Step-in to assist in any Admission related needs

Academic Advisor, School of Nursing & Health Sciences (Presidential)

Position Description

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) is currently growing at a rapid pace in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The SNHS currently offers seven undergraduate programs: Exercise Science, Health Science, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, Rehabilitation Sciences, Direct Entry MS Athletic Training and Nursing, as well as four graduate programs: Athletic Training, Community Health Education, Exercise and Sport Science, Health and Wellness Management and Nutrition and Human Performance. The SNHS puts a large emphasis on both academic and career advising and has continued to invest in the Center for Advising and Student Support. The goal of the center is to provide students with comprehensive planning and advising to meet their academic and professional aspirations. The center focuses on individual advising to ensure students are gaining the necessary didactic, experiential education, and professional development opportunities to adequately prepare then for their plans after graduation.

The Academic Advising Graduate Fellow will contribute to the program’s goal of supporting the holistic advising needs of the students and center operations. The Academic Advising Fellow will help students determine what major may be the best fit to meet their future career goals, map out semester course loads, operate MyMack, facilitate programming related to academic advising and more. The Academic Advising Fellow will also work closely with the Assistant Dean and Advisor.

Other duties may include helping to maintain records for undergraduate students and adherence to school policies, working with the student organizations, course scheduling, assisting with school retention efforts, helping with undergraduate event planning, and supporting the overall functions of the SNHS.

The Academic Advising Graduate Fellow will receive initial and ongoing training, and access to professional development opportunities. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty and staff work closely and collaboratively.

Position Responsibilities

  • Meet with students for one-on-one academic advising, as well as maintain outreach and communication with the students through e-mail and other electronic communication.
  • Create and facilitate MyMack training, advising and registration drop-in sessions, academic advising group sessions, and other programming related to the advisement of undergraduate programs and registration
  • Maintain reports and data tracking of student progress, student interaction, attendance, and adherence to school academic policies and grades
  • Support school retention efforts along with the college-wide retention efforts
  • Assist in planning and delivery of workshops and classroom activities as assigned
  • Act as a point of communication between the students and college-wide support personnel
  • Meet regularly with the Assistant Dean and attend regularly scheduled advising center meetings and monthly School meetings
  • Support overall functions of the undergraduate programs, as needed

Austin Scholars Fellow (Presidential)

Position Description

The Graduate Fellow for the Austin Scholars Program works with directors to meet the curricular and formation needs of the program. The Graduate Fellow will work alongside the Director of Austin Scholars Curriculum in leading reflections, liaise with students regarding service-learning and community engagement opportunities, and mentor Austin Scholar peer leaders. The fellow will also work with the Director of Formation in the overall formation of the students by helping plan and executing events, such as retreats and social events, helping to foster community life within the Austin Scholars, leading the program’s social media campaigns, and reaching out to students in need. This position offers a variety of opportunities for a graduate student who is interested in student life, formation, and community building.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and coordinate a peer leadership training module that focuses on reflection-based leadership
  • Assist with the tracking of service-learning and community engagement initiatives
  • Work collaboratively with directors, departments, faculty, and staff to improve integration of curricular and formation elements of the Austin Scholars program
  • Attend weekly Austin Scholar leadership/fellowship meetings
  • Meet weekly with student peer leaders regarding service-oriented, educational, and social events to provide support, feedback, and reflection opportunities.
  • Assist directors with organization and implementation of major events coordinated by the Office of Mission and Ministry and the Austin Scholars program, such as Commissioning Mass, Christmas Party, and End of Year celebration, as well as retreats
  • Perform outreach and connect with students who need extra outreach and support
  • Update, maintain, and develop website and social media efforts
  • Foster a spirit of community among students

Advising Center Program Coordinator for Innovation through Engineering & Computer Science (Provost)

Position Description

The Program Coordinator for ITEC will oversee the retention program which includes supervision of peer mentors and peer tutors, planning and execution of social engagement opportunities, support of a classroom project and assessment of the program. This person will develop relationships with and serve as a support for first year students majoring in engineering and computer science. They will assess the academic support and social-emotional support needs of the cohort and plan events to support students facing challenges.

Position Responsibilities

  • Supervise iTEC peer mentors – a group of 4-6 graduate and undergraduate students who lead small classroom groups in the “Intro to Engineering” course
  • Supervise the lead peer tutor who coordinates tutoring for students living in the ITEC Living Learning Community
  • Coordinate social engagement opportunities with peer mentors and resident assistants – ensuring a calendar of events is planned and offered to students living in the LLC, commuting or living in other residence halls
  • Assist with the creation and implementation of assessment tools
  • Create and publish content for social media and technology displays to promote the ITEC program

Discover Advisor and Retention Specialist (Presidential)

Position Description

The School of Arts and Sciences works closely with the Academic Success Center on retention efforts, including: a) advising undeclared students in the Discover Program, b) major & career exploration/academic coaching, c) working with campus organizations to promote programs & support to students, d) working with the retention efforts on outreach to at-risk students. Every year, approximately 130 first-year students are Undeclared majors. If counted as a major, undeclared would be one of the largest majors in the first-year class. Undeclared students experience anxiety about not having a major and often doubt whether they should be in college. Academic advising is a major tool for retention of undeclared students. Discover students are often confused about major offerings and the trajectory of the college career and beyond. They need specialized guidance toward areas of academic interest, careers, professional development, and how one discovers a major that is the right fit. They require individually focused advising on possible majors and minors. Advising with the Discover Team enables students to meet with their assigned Discover academic advisors with a preliminary schedule already filled out, thus creating time for deeper conversations. Throughout the year, this retention specialist would also work closely with the supervisor on the Proactive Case Management on identifying Arts and Science students at risk of dropping out of college or transferring and then reach out to them on an individual basis.

Estimated percentage of work that involves in-person contact with students: 85%

Position Responsibilities

  • One-on-one advising with Discover students in the fall and spring terms, under the supervision of the Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences. This includes academic advising training. Graduate Fellows must have excellent communication and organizational skills and be familiar with Core Requirements, as well as all school’s major requirements
  • Organizing and hosting welcome and information sessions for undeclared SLA students, including a large session for all Discover students early in the Fall term, Open Houses, & study sessions during midterms and finals in both semesters
  • Coordinating advising sessions and student folders with Assistant Dean of School of Arts and Sciences, SAS/Discover Advisor, and appropriate Academic Success Advisor; working closely with the Assistant Dean of SAS and the SAS/Discover Advisor on all aspects of student retention including individual outreach to at-risk students
  • Collaborating with the O’Brien Center for Student Success, Honors Program, Compass Program, Phoenix Program, Austin Scholars, and advising specialists from the other schools
  • Conducting regular check-ins via email and scheduled meetings with assigned Discover students
  • Participate in on-campus groups such as Merrimack’s Professional Advising Committee and retention team with regards to campus programming and student support
  • Opportunity to create programs for support of Discover students
  • Serve as a Student Success Coach in conjunction with the Academic Success Center (ASC)
  • Willing to share and help implement ideas to enhance the Discover Program

Early College Program Coordinator (Presidential)

Position Description

With the support of a grant from the State of Massachusetts, the Early College Program is a collaboration between Merrimack College and the Lawrence Public Schools (LPS). This Early College Program will facilitate up to 200 students from high need geographical areas in performing early college coursework at Merrimack College.

This program is administered by the Merrimack College Winston School of Education & Social Policy and builds upon the School’s commitment to the future of young people. The Early College Program promises to serve as a model that will enrich the classroom and campus experience for a diverse body of students, many of whom are typically underrepresented in higher education. The program includes:

  • A full program orientation
  • Training on the learning management system used by the college (Canvas)
  • Coaching on connecting to and with faculty, and assistance navigating college life
  • Student support will be available to students to make sure that they are attending class and completing their assignments
  • Workshops on navigating the college classroom, connecting to careers, and mental wellness will be used to enrich the student experience
  • College representatives will contact students by Zoom, email, text, and phone to offer assistance
  • Professors will be in constant contact with support personnel to make sure that students do not fall behind in their courses
  • Connection with school personnel will be used to leverage existing relationships and to make more meaningful connections to students and to families

The Coordinator will support the program in a number of ways including providing academic support to students, and collaborating with staff at the high schools 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.

Position Responsibilities

  • Maintain reports and data tracking of student enrollments, FERPA forms, book contracts and academic progress
  • Meet regularly with students who may be struggling with their coursework and offer coaching, study skills and time management support.
  • Assist in planning and delivery of college transition support workshops
  • Meet regularly with supervisor and attend steering committee meetings
  • Maintain a team attitude, and complete any duties and tasks as assigned
  • Normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Fellowship hours are flexible within normal business hours, but student facing support will take place between 8am and 11 am on certain days.

Accessibility Services Graduate Fellow (Presidential)

Position Description

The Accessibility Services Graduate Fellow will work closely with Accessibility Services staff, the Academic Success Center staff, and the college community. Over the course of a year-long experience, the Accessibility Services Graduate Fellow will gain an understanding of college disability services and be involved in the process of accommodations from the initial stage of “Requesting for Services” through ongoing student support. The Accessibility Services Graduate Fellow will collaborate on projects that are of interest to the Graduate Fellow and that benefit the Office.

Over the year, the Accessibility Services Graduate Fellow will be responsible for learning the process for outreach to students, faculty and staff on behalf of the general office workflow and our Testing Center as well as maintaining a caseload of students as an Academic Success Coach. Throughout the year, the Fellow will gain a basic understanding of the FERPA and ADA laws that govern college-level accommodations and communication with students and families. The Fellow will begin to have a deeper understanding and working knowledge of the ADA and other legislation to interpret how accommodations are translated into the college environment. Should there be any special career interests for the Fellow, there will be opportunities to work with the supervisor on exploring these goals, such as gaining supervisory experience, specialized groups/programs, and/or participation in other accommodation areas/trainings/presentations.

Position Responsibilities

  • Front desk coverage to support with drop-in questions from students and faculty and to assist with the Testing Center
  • Advise/coach students who are registered with the Accessibility Services Office
  • Maintain the Testing Center process including: working with students and faculty, and maintaining tracking
  • Responsible for the office email triage process and email responses
  • Administrative tasks that include updating and maintaining the Accessibility Services student roster and student follow-up/outreach (including student newsletter)
  • Collaborate with the staff on projects that are of interest to the Graduate Fellow, including co-facilitating workshops, developing student groups, or other retention initiatives
  • Collaborate with the staff with formatting alternate texts, training students on the use of assistive technology, and hiring peer notetakers
  • Attend meetings with the team of Accessibility Services staff
  • Participate in Open Houses, Accepted Student Days, and Orientation events
  • Attend New England AHEAD & other disability-related training programs

Academic Advising and Program Coordinator, School of Engineering & Computational Sciences (Presidential)

Position Description

Interested in student advising, support and development – this forward facing position will allow you to interact with students in a busy and challenging academic support office. A science or engineering background is not necessary – a willingness to mentor and support students is!

The Program Coordinator will work on with the Advising team on recruitment and retention initiatives in the School of Science & Engineering, working collaboratively with the Dean’s office, and various academic department faculty and staff. The coordinator will provide pre-advising information to first-year and sophomore students. This additional layer of communication and support for underclassmen is designed to maximize the student-faculty advisor relationship and is aimed at guiding students to make timely and informed decisions about course selection and registration. The coordinator will also be a part of the College’s Retention Intervention Team, and may represent the School at various Open Houses and Accepted Student Days.

Position Responsibilities

  • Assist with programming, communication, and outreach through social media and group activities for first year students.
  • Develop and deliver group pre-advising sessions in advance of Fall and Spring semester advising time.
  • Assist with follow up for students who do not register to assist the registration process and enhance retention, with a focus on first year students.
  • Refer and guide students to academic departments or other campus resources based on their needs and their desired program of study, and encourage student motivation and success
  • Create and publish content for social media and technology displays to promote the School of S&E.

Career Advisor, School of Engineering & Computational Sciences (Provost)

Position Description

The Career Advising Fellow in the School of Engineering & Computational Sciences will support career development for undergraduate students including advising, success coaching, workshops, events, and activities. The fellow will support first and second year students as they begin the career development journey. The fellow will teach a variety of career development workshops, assist with classes full time staff are teaching, and support any signature program and event initiatives. Additionally, the fellow will provide success coaching to students struggling academically.

Position Responsibilities

  • Serve as a career advisor for first year students in School of Engineering & Computational Sciences; facilitate individual and small group advising appointments incorporating self, major and career exploration, and triaging to a professional career advisor when necessary. Utilize career assessment tools including software and online resources to help students gain insight to their values, interests, personality, and strengths. Support Merrimack’s campus-wide holistic advising by providing outreach and support to students, attending professional development trainings, and tracking student engagement.
  • Manage weekly career drop-in hours and assist students of all class years with: resume and cover letter reviews, networking and LinkedIn help, internship and co-op questions, interview preparation, job search strategies, and other career-related needs
  • Lead and teach a variety of Career Workshops that are requested by faculty or tied to a larger course/program. Topics include but are not limited to: resume writing, cover letter development, searching for a job or internship, personal branding. Support professional staff with developing course materials, updating fliers, promoting events, managing workshop logistics, and updating student focused branded materials
  • Outreach, support and provide academic coaching to a caseload of students who are struggling academically. Help students succeed, both academically and socially, with their courses and at the college. Caseload is based on faculty recommendations as well as mid term grade reports.
  • Support initiatives related to the First Year Experience program or career development courses, which may include classroom visits or presentations, small group advising, and outreach to instructors and mentors
  • Work closely with the full-time advisors to support programming initiatives including (but not limited to): Professional Development Retreats, Skills Development Series, and Career Series Presentations
  • Participate in departmental and staff meetings, activities and events as appropriate/as schedule allows.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned; ability for the fellow to self-direct special initiatives and programs based on individual interests and professional goals

School Counseling Fellowship Process

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Click the “Apply Now” button below or go to gps.merrimack.edu/apply 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.

Important Information for the School Counseling Fellowship Program

The Master of Education in School Counseling program is still accepting fellowship applications on a rolling basis!

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

The process is as follows:

  1. Submit your online application. Be sure to indicate your fellowship interest within your application.
  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.

 

Please note:

  • Participation in the fellowship placement process is NOT a guarantee of a fellowship.
  • As a two year program, the fellowship scholarship is only awarded and applied for the first year of the program. During your first year, you will not be eligible for any other discounts or scholarships. Graduate fellows will be automatically eligible for 50% of their original Deans scholarship in the second year of the program.
  • If you are admitted into the traditional program but not offered a fellowship, you will automatically be considered for a Dean scholarship.
  • If you are originally awarded a scholarship and then are given a fellowship placement, you will no longer receive the merit scholarship. The fellowship will replace any other discounts.

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

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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