Application Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2023
Columbus, OH (November 13, 2023)— The Columbus Foundation is seeking college and graduate students and recent college graduates who have an interest in the nonprofit sector to apply to the 2024 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.
Fourteen central Ohio nonprofit organizations have been selected as host sites for the 2024 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 3 – August 9, 2024, 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 Summer Fellowship Program offers students and recent graduates a unique hands-on experience to learn more about nonprofit careers while supporting projects that are improving the community,” said Dr. Mark A. Lomax, II, Director of Arts & Generational Grantmaking at The Columbus Foundation. “The Columbus Foundation is honored to partner with local nonprofits to help build a strong, talented pipeline of future nonprofit leaders through this program.”
The deadline to submit a student application online is Friday, December 8, 2023. To qualify for the 2024 Summer Fellowship, applicants must be a college junior or senior, a May/June 2024 graduate, or a graduate student in the Fall of 2024 and
- Have graduated from a Franklin County high school; or
- Are attending a Franklin County college or university.
The nonprofit organizations and fellowship projects selected for the 2024 Summer Fellowship Program are:
- Bridgeway Academy—Support the planning and execution of the summer program for children with autism and developmental disabilities.
- City Year Columbus—Support the fundraising department with prospective donor research, social media and communications, and fundraising operations.
- Community Housing Network, Inc.— Assist with the design and implementation of an environmental scan inclusive of research, data analysis, and the production of a summary that informs the next strategic planning process.
- Children’s Hunger Alliance— Support the development team with a focus on special events, fundraising, and volunteer engagement.
- Community Refugee and Immigration Services, Inc.—Support the Self-Sufficiency and Food Security in Refugee Communities Program.
- Community Shelter Board—Support the marketing and communications process for the Founder Awards celebration.
- Equality Ohio Education Fund—Assist and inform outreach and education initiatives targeted at LGBTQ+ youth.
- Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)—Support outreach and education initiatives related to the Greenspace Plan to grow and give away more than 2,000 trees.
- Grange Insurance Audubon Center (GIAC) and National Audubon Society—Support the communications manager in raising awareness of GIAC’s mission, as well as promoting fundraising events and programming.
- Leadership Columbus—Support the Central Ohio Leadership Academy summer program and the 50th anniversary engagement campaign.
- Legal Aid Society of Columbus—Support the development and communications team in the creation of a long-term strategic communications plan.
- Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)—Provide research assistance and help with the Water Quality Management Plan update.
- Seeds of Caring—Support staff in engaging more than 200 children ages 6-12 in service-based learning programming.
- The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio—Create a sustainable communications plan that increases organizational visibility in the community.
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 eligibility and the application process, visit columbusfoundation.org/students/summer-fellows.
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