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The Summer Fellowship Program places eligible students with Franklin County nonprofit organizations for a 10-week period. Students receive valuable experience and a paid stipend for their work, while nonprofits benefit from the additional support students provide to a specific program or objective.
Who is eligible to apply?
Individuals fitting the following criteria are eligible to apply for the program:
- College junior, senior, May/June 2021 graduate or a graduate student in the fall of 2021 and have graduated from a Franklin County high school.
- OR College junior, senior, May/June 2021 graduate or graduate student attending a Franklin County college or university.
- Highly desired qualifications: A strong academic record (preferably a 3.0+ GPA); and strong English oral and written communication skills.
How long is the Fellowship?
The Fellowship is 10 weeks long running from June 7, 2021 to August 13, 2021. This includes the full-time work of the Fellow, the five required professional development sessions (culminating in an end of summer presentation on August 13), and any opening and closing orientation sessions for both the Fellow and selected organization.
How does the student selection process work?
- Students meeting the minimum qualifications will send in complete applications by the deadline.
- Each application will be reviewed by members of the selection committee. The selection committee will give each applicant a numerical score based on a set of criteria.
- These scores will be tallied. Foundation staff and the selection committee will move the top applicants into an interview phase. Each selected host organization will be sent information about two applicants.
- Selected organizations will interview both applicants and choose the one who they believe will be the best fit.
- Once the organization has chosen the best-fitting applicant, they will notify the Foundation.
- Foundation staff will contact each potential Fellow to complete a background check.
- Once the applicant’s background check is completed, the Foundation will notify the Fellow that he or she has been selected—and which organization they will be serving.
How much does the Fellowship pay? And how does the Fellow receive his or her stipend?
The Fellow will receive a stipend of $6,350. Each fellow is considered an employee of the host organization and will be paid through the organization’s payroll system.
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How can a nonprofit organization become a host site?
If you are a nonprofit organization, please visit the Nonprofit Center to learn about how you can be involved in the Summer Fellowship Program.