Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Host a Carlson Civic Fellow

The Carlson Carlson Civic Fellowship is a two quarter, intensive student leadership development opportunity offered to three undergraduate UW students each year. The Carlson Center partners with community-based organizations to engage fellows in project-based leadership development work that both addresses programmatic needs identified by the organization and the communities they serve, and fosters the fellows’ growth as emerging community leaders.

2013 Carlson Civic Fellows: Riabelle Vivas, Kelsey Barrantes, and Paige Castro

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

Students selected as fellows engage in approximately ten hours of service per week with their host organizations, from January to June 2016. They simultaneously participate in a community-based leadership course as well as structured, ongoing reflection and mentorship — all of which is designed to strengthen fellows’ abilities to make valuable contributions to their host organizations, and to propel their personal, professional and leadership development. Fellows receive a $2500 stipend to make this investment of time and effort more feasible.

Why apply to host a Carlson Civic Fellow?

A core component of the Fellowship is helping to address community-defined needs and interests. Hosting a Carlson Civic Fellow will enable you to:

  • Engage a student in ~10 hours/week from January – June 2016, in project-based work that addresses a need or interest articulated by the community you work with.
  • Serve as a mentor and educator to an emerging young adult leader.
  • Deepen your relationship with the Carlson Center and the UW.

Take a look at the 2016 Carlson Civic Fellowship positions!

“As an organization, we count on volunteers to help us accomplish our mission. However, 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 the staffing we needed to do that. In addition, our staff were able to see the value of working with students to accomplish great things and it has inspired them to bring on additional interns.”

Cherish Hart,
American Heart Association of Puget Sound

Eligibility and application process

Three host sites for Carlson Civic Fellows are selected through an annual application process. A team of Carlson Center staff, a representative from a former Fellowship host site, and a former Carlson Civic Fellow  review proposals and determine the three host organizations for the upcoming year.  Organizations are notified of application status in late September.

[Note: The submission period for the 2016 Carlson Civic Fellowship is currently closed. Please check back in Summer 2016.]