ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Social Innovation Fellows are college undergraduates placed with social sector organizations. Fellows receive intensive training and support prior to and throughout their Fellowships.

Fellows receive a full semester of graded credits for their participation in the program, Although Fellows are not be paid, they do not incur costs beyond their normal tuition and room and board while receiving regular financial aid from their home institutions. CfSI is committed to ensuring that at least 50% of each cohort are Pell eligible, first generation college students, and/or students of color.

The Fellowship program is designed to primarily benefit the educational and career advancement of the Social Innovation Fellows, but we also believe that Fellows contribute meaningfully to a host organization’s ongoing work and special projects.

 

HOST ORGANIZATION PROVIDES:

DEDICATED MENTOR

The mentor should believe strongly in the importance of developing younger talent, and have capacity to provide meaningful supervision, mentorship and support. Mentors must submit a review that is considered as part of the grading process.

Professional WORK SPACE

Organizations must commit to providing professional infrastructure for assigned work (e.g. desk, computer, internet access).

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Frontline & projecT work

The fellowship proposal should include front-line service and day-to-day work for 40% of their time (e.g. tutoring, data collection, constituent organizing) and project-based work for 40% of their time (e.g. social media campaign, research report, event planning).
 

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HOST FEE

A $700 Host Fee per Fellow provides a $600 living stipend and MBTA pass, helping to keep the program accessible to students from all backgrounds.

 

 

COLLEGE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION PROVIDES:

recruitment and matching

CfSI manages the recruitment, application, and vetting process for a strong, diverse cohort of Fellows from University of New Hampshire, Clark University, and Becker College.

Professional DEVELOPMENT

CfSI hosts a day-long orientation for first-time mentors plus monthly workshops and networking events for all mentors. Workshops primarily focus on talent development, leadership and management, and coaching and supervision.

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CfSI Liaison

A CfSI Program Manager meets with your staff at least three times: before, during, and after the 14-week placement to ensure a high quality experience for the host organization and the Fellow(s).

student training and support

Fellows participate in a week-long orientation and 10 hours of class weekly to build social change knowledge and professionalism and workplace skills, with a specific focus on problem-solving skills and habits.

 

SOCIAL INNOVATION FELLOWS' WEEKLY SCHEDULE