Founded in 2000, New Sector Alliance is a social impact consulting and leadership development firm. They create sustainable solutions to pressing community challenges through cross-sector partnerships. Their mission is to accelerate social change by strengthening organizations today while developing leaders for tomorrow.
New Sector’s Summer Fellows program provides a select group of undergraduates and young professionals the opportunity to serve as AmeriCorps members at nonprofit organizations and gain transferable knowledge and skills over the course of the summer.
32 AmeriCorps Summer Fellows are selected from a competitive pool of applicants to complete projects that strengthen organizations (service sites) in the Boston area. Projects include enhancing program development, measuring impact, strengthening operational procedures, and expanding communications and strategic marketing efforts. We strive to ensure that every project provides each Fellow an opportunity to make a substantive, lasting impact on an organization while developing his or her civic engagement, leadership, and professional skills.
The Summer Fellows program includes intensive training that introduces Fellows to the social sector and helps them develop essential career skills. Training is provided through a week of kickoff training and biweekly workshops continuing throughout the summer. Curriculum topics range from effective communication and project management to nonprofit financial literacy and strategic planning. Summer Fellows also benefit from peer-facilitated Learning Teams and a variety of social events, which allow the Fellows to build a unique bond with their fellow corps members while gaining a holistic understanding of the social sector.
Each Fellow is matched with a volunteer consultant advisor from firms including Accenture, Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, The Bridgespan Group, Deloitte, McKinsey & Company, and Oliver Wyman. These consultant advisors provide instruction and concrete feedback to improve Residents’ project management skills, persuasive communication, and analytical analyses.
Serving as a Summer Fellow:
Fellows are placed at our service sites, which vary in their area of focus–from addressing environmental or human and health services issues, to engaging in education or community and economic development. Past projects have included developing performance management measures, researching partnership opportunities, and designing new marketing strategies and materials.
New Sector develops a “project scope” with each service site before Fellows arrive to ensure a structured, challenging experience. Fellows participate regularly in small-group, peer-facilitated Learning Teams that provide a support network and a more intimate forum for sharing knowledge, ideas, successes, and challenges. Through their efforts on strategic initiatives, their exposure to the daily operations of their service sites, and New Sector’s training, Fellows develop an understanding of how ideas and strategies are designed and implemented in a real-world, social impact setting.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
While no two New Sector experiences are the same, all offer unique opportunities and challenges. Specific responsibilities vary based on project and placement, but a typical Summer Fellow’s duties include:
* Plan and manage projects to address a service site’s key strategic opportunities and challenges
* Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis
* Generate practical, creative, and action-oriented insights and recommendations for a service site
* Create and give presentations and provide other deliverables to ensure service site satisfaction
* Work with service site staff members to implement recommendations
* Recruit and manage volunteers for service events
* Assist in daily service site operations
* Effectively communicate and manage relationships with all stakeholders in the New Sector model
Compensation and Other Benefits:
* A living stipend of $1000
* A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth $1337.50 distributed upon successful completion of the program, which can be used to pay for outstanding loans or future educational expenses at any accredited institution in the United States
* Travel stipend (in form of subway/bus pass) totaling $150
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