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Community Engagement


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.

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.

Fellows graduate in one year with a Master of Education in Community Engagement (M.Ed.) - equipping them to pursue careers as nonprofit leaders, social change activists, and leaders in the national service learning movement.

Learn more about our fellowship programs on our Follow a Fellow page! Check out our How to Apply and Fellowship Information Video page for more information on application requirements and deadlines. Is a fellowship right for you?

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

  • ACT Lawrence
  • Beyond Soccer
  • Bread & Roses
  • Beverly Council on Aging
  • Catholic Charities North
  • Center for Hope & Healing
  • Fidelity House
  • Greater Lawrence COmmunity Action Council (GLCAC)
  • Lawrence Public Schools, Family Resource Center
  • Lena Park CDC
  • Merrimack College, Financial Capability Center
  • Merrimack Valley YMCA
  • Neighbors in Need
  • North Shore Community College
  • North Shore Community Development Coalition
  • Northern Essex Community College

Who are our Fellows?

  • Average Undergrad GPA, 2016-2017 Fellows: 3.4
  • Average graduate class size: 17
  • 2016-2017 Fellows come from 48 different colleges and universities 

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 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.

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. Learn more about 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.

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