Host a Carlson Civic Fellow


The Carlson Civic Fellowship is a year-long intensive student leadership development fellowship.  Through this program, the Carlson Center partners with community-based organizations to provide project-based, leadership development opportunities for students enrolled in the fellowship program.  In conjunction with their community work, the Carlson Center provides students in the fellowship program with a number of additional structured experiences – community-based leadership courses, strengths and leadership style identification training, and mentorship in a cohort of peers.

“Many volunteers don’t have the time, flexibility and skill-set to essentially lead a project from beginning to execution—having a Carlson Civic Fellow allowed us to tackle a new project to improve hypertension in African American populations by giving us a person that had the motivation, skills, knowledge, and determination to work with us side by side to build a program from the ground-up.”

Cherish Hart,
American Heart Association of Puget Sound 2013 Carlson Civic Fellowship site

Each summer, the Carlson Center asks community-based organizations to submit proposals outlining specific projects for the Carlson Civic Fellowship.  The Carlson Center is interested in supporting organizations who strongly articulate:

  • how a Carlson Civic Fellows will assist in addressing a community-defined need.
  • how the opportunity will provide leadership development opportunities for the selected student.
  • how staff will provide structured supervision and mentorship to the Carlson Civic Fellow.
2013 Carlson Civic Fellows: Riabelle Vivas, Kelsey Barrantes, and Paige Castro

2013 Carlson Civic Fellows at the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership: Riabelle Vivas, Kelsey Barrantes, and Paige Castro


The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center is now accepting proposals from community organizations to host a Carlson Civic Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year.


Carlson Civic Fellows will:

  • Work to address a community-defined need at a local non-profit a minimum of 10 hours per week from January – June 2014.
  • Be paid a $2000 stipend by the Carlson Center for their work with your organization.
  • Critically examine leadership and discover their own leadership strengths through participating in the Carlson Center’s community-based leadership courses, leadership development trainings, and one-on-one mentoring a group reflection.

Read project examples from 2012-2013 Carlson Civic Fellowship host organizations:


Please review the 2014 Request for Proposals
and Complete an Application.

Applications are due Friday, September 6 at 5:00 PM.






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