The New Sector Summer Fellowship program is an intensive, 11-week leadership development program for individuals interested in the social impact sector. Fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool to provide support to Boston and San Francisco organizations that enhances that organizations’ service to their constituents. Our Summer Fellowship program includes:
The Summer Fellowship program: is tailored to undergraduate juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Fellows serve full-time at a non-profit organization for 11 weeks. Alongside their service, Fellows receive rigorous training from experienced social impact leaders, including 1 week of kickoff training, biweekly afternoon seminars, and 1 full-day workshop. Fellows also receive one-on-one mentorship from leaders in the social impact sector, including for-profit management consultants and non-profit professionals.
Application for Summer 2013 Fellows cohort will open on November 1, 2012.
To download an overview of the Summer Fellows program in PDF format, click here.
Program Dates and Locations
2012 Summer Fellows will serve June 3, 2013 – Friday, August 16, 2014 in the Boston Area or San Francisco Bay Area (30-35 program participants of each cohort). Student applicants who cannot start on June 3 due to their university calendar will serve June 17 – Friday, August 30, 2014.
Each program consists of a full-time capacity building project, intensive training and support.
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 program participant’s duties may include:
- Plan and manage projects to address a host site’s key capacity-related opportunities and challenges
- Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis
- Generate practical, creative, and action-oriented insights and recommendations for a host site
- Create and give presentations and provide other deliverables to ensure host site satisfaction
- Work with host site staff members to implement recommendations
- Recruit and manage volunteers for service events
- Assist in daily host site operations
- Effectively communicate and manage relationships with all stakeholders in the New Sector model
Program Participants experience New Sector’s Social Change Leadership Curriculum, which is designed to
- increase Program Participants’ ability to provide quality service,
- provide professional and community development knowledge and skills,
- create a dynamic “esprit de corps” by providing insight into the communities they serve and the power of national service, and
- inspire commitment to a lifetime of service through exposure to role models, theories of change, and concepts of leadership.
Our training program combines the best from nonprofit management, business, and civic engagement curricula. Program participants learn financial modeling from business professors, mission-based decision making from local nonprofit leaders, and have conversations about long-term engagement in service with AmeriCorps alumni.
Program Participants engage in an intensive Kickoff Training at the start of the program, attend Biweekly Trainings throughout the program and reflect on their service and professional development through Mid-Term (Residency only) and End-of-Term Reflection and Training Retreats.
Each program participant 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, concrete feedback and support to improve program participants’ project management skills, persuasive communication, analytical analyses and professional skills. In addition to this scheduled support structure, New Sector Program Staff is also available to provide individual support to program participants as-needed throughout their programs.
- Be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Not have served more than three State and National AmeriCorps program terms (limit: two Education Awards)
Compensation and Benefits
- A living stipend of $1,500 (for undergraduates) and $5,500 (for Master’s candidates).
- A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth $1,468 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