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Students Sought for 2023 Summer Fellowship Program

Application Deadline Friday, December 9, 2022

Columbus, OH (November 11, 2022)—The Columbus Foundation is seeking college and graduate students and recent college graduates who have an interest in the nonprofit sector to apply for its 2023 Summer Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, the Summer Fellowship Program is an immersive 10-week paid fellowship that provides fellows the opportunity to develop their professional and leadership skills while supporting local nonprofit organizations.

Sixteen central Ohio nonprofit organizations have been selected as host sites for the 2023 Summer Fellowship Program. Fellows will be matched with local nonprofits based on interests, skills, and each nonprofit’s specific projects, needs, or objectives.

Selected fellows will be placed with a nonprofit for the length of the Summer Fellowship Program, from June 5 – August 11, 2023, and are required to attend five professional development sessions culminating in a mandatory end-of-summer presentation. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $6,350 for their work.

“The long-term health and sustainability of nonprofits in our community relies upon building a strong, diverse pipeline of future nonprofit leaders,” said Dr. Mark A. Lomax, II, Director of Arts & Generational Grantmaking at The Columbus Foundation. “The Summer Fellowship Program invests in the next generation of nonprofit leaders by engaging fellows in valuable professional development opportunities while supporting the incredible work of nonprofits in our community.”

The deadline to submit a student application online is Friday, December 9, 2022. To qualify for the 2023 Summer Fellowship, applicants must be a college junior, senior, May or June 2023 graduate, or a graduate student; and

  1. A graduate of a Franklin County high school attending any post-secondary college or university; or
  2. A college junior, senior, recent graduate, or a graduate student attending a Franklin County college or university.

The nonprofit organizations and fellowship projects selected for the 2023 Summer Fellowship Program are:

  • At Home By High—Increase community awareness through the planning and implementation of a sustainable social media strategy.
  • Cartoon Crossroads Columbus—Support staff in the development of a robust volunteer database.
  • Central Community House—Support staff through event planning, increasing earned income, and implementation of a marketing strategy.
  • Children’s Hunger Alliance—Support the development team with a focus on special events, fundraising, and volunteer engagement.
  • Equitas Health—Assist with agency coordination and representation at LGBTQ+ Pride events around the state.
  • Green Columbus—Assist with the community urban tree initiative in the Linden and Hilltop communities working to support canopy restoration.
  • Groundwork Ohio—Amplify family voices through a sustainable social media strategy that engages stakeholders and policymakers.
  • Jewish Family Services—Develop and implement a marketing and engagement plan for stewarding and acknowledging partners, funders, and program partners.
  • Leveling the Playing Field—Support the launch of the new central Ohio site.
  • Ohio Designer Craftsmen—Be the assistant camp coordinator for campers ages 6-17, helping with the development, planning, and implementation of summer programs.
  • PrimaryOne Health—Develop outreach and implementation strategies for behavioral health programs at two school-based health centers.
  • Riverview International Center—Lead the summer program for elementary children and the summer reading program for middle school students.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio—Support the Cause Marketing campaign by creating a sustainable marketing campaign, securing new corporate partners, and executing the strategy.
  • St. Vincent Family CenterServe as the Summer Activity Enrichment Coordinator to develop and implement a summer activity program that will promote social-emotional skills for SVFS children with mental health and behavioral health diagnoses.
  • The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio—Create a sustainable communications plan that increases organizational visibility in the community. 
  • We Amplify Voices—Support summer camp programming as the activity enrichment coordinator.

The Summer Fellowship Program is made possible by the generosity and vision of many Columbus Foundation donors.

To learn more about the Summer Fellowship Program, including student eligibility and the application process, visit

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation, one of the top 10 community foundations in the United States, serves more than 3,000 individuals, families, and businesses that have created unique funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible.

November 11, 2022