Wednesday, September 30, 2015

PAID Local Service Fellowships for Undergrads through the UW Carlson Center


The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center is pleased to announce three PAID FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for University of Washington undergraduate students. Through the Carlson Civic Fellowship program, the Carlson Center will “hire” three Fellows to work with three local non-profits during Winter and Spring quarters. 

The host sites for 2016 Carlson Civic Fellows will be:

      Asian Counseling and Referral Service // Civic Engagement Fellow (Engaging the API Community)
      Puentes  // Community Mobilization Fellow (Ending Migrant Detention)
      Solid Ground // Advisory Council Fellow (Racial and Economic Justice)

Students selected as Carlson Civic Fellows will commit to working with their community non-profit for a minimum of 10 hours per week from January-June 2016 and will receive a $2,500 stipend to help make their investment of time and effort in Fellowship activities more feasible.  In addition to their work with their host site, and to deepen their professional, leadership and personal capacities, Carlson Civic Fellows will also:

      Participate in a 3-credit (credit/no-credit) Community-Based Leadership course offered through the Carlson Center during Winter Quarter (“GEN ST 348: Critical Perspectives on Service and Community Engagement”) 
      Engage in structured activities and ongoing reflection about their goals, personal strengths, leadership practice, and professional development; regular coaching sessions with a Carlson Center staff member to track progress and growth throughout the Fellowship -- and will work to integrate this understanding and awareness into service with their community organization.
      A series of community events.

Brief descriptions of the three 2016 Fellowship opportunities are below, and outlined in the attached flyer.  For a detailed description of each opportunity, more information about Carlson Civic Fellowship program and requirements, and application materials, please visit the Carlson Center website:   

Applications are due to by Monday, October 19 at 5:00 PM.

Questions?  Contact Talya Gillman in the Carlson Center, 206.616.2885 or!

2016 Carlson Civic Fellowship Positions
Civic Engagement Fellow (Engaging the API Community)
with Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS)
Data shows that less than 40% of Asian Pacific Islanders in Seattle voted in 2014. There is an extreme need for the community to increase its political representation so that its experiences of structural and institutional racism diminish. This Carlson Civic Fellow will work with ACRS to explore the many barriers to voter turnout, and help empower the community to develop a strong political voice. The Fellow will: help conduct workshops to train ACRS staff on voting-related considerations and processes; create and lead similar leadership development opportunities for ACRS’ community members; organize a visibility campaign; distribute educational resources; and help track ongoing community engagement.

Community Mobilization Fellow (Ending Migrant Detention)
with Puentes
Puentes strives to help undocumented migrants and their families cope and flourish despite a broken immigration system. One of the most urgent needs it focuses on is putting an end to migrant detention. Puentes recognizes that a key strategy in effecting change is to mobilize faith-based communities towards awareness and advocacy. This Carlson Civic Fellow will support Puentes’ grassroots effort to mobilize religious communities into taking action. The Fellow will: build personal relationships and facilitate partnerships with key stakeholders; collect testimonies, conduct research, and produce related educational content; and co-develop campaigns to promote the goal of immigration reform both nationally and locally.

Advisory Council Fellow (Racial and Economic Justice)
with Solid Ground
Solid Ground works to end poverty and undo racism and other oppression that are root causes of poverty. Its programs support over 60k Seattleites each year in meeting their urgent housing, food and life skills needs, to escape poverty and thrive. Solid Ground is developing an Advisory Council for its program participants’ voices to be heard, valued and incorporated into the program decisions that affect them. The Carlson Civic Fellow will collaborate with Solid Ground’s Anti-Racism Initiative Manager and other staff on the preparation, coordination and creation of this Council. The Fellow will: conduct research on community-engagement by non-profits to inform strategy; build relationships through outreach and recruitment; and prepare for and support Council members leading up to a summer town-hall style convening.