Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Carlson Civic Fellowship

The Carlson Civic Fellowship is a two-quarter community-based leadership development program for undergraduate students at the UW. It is designed to develop civically-minded community leaders who are dedicated, and equipped with abilities, to pursue social change.

Three students are awarded Fellowship positions each year. The Carlson Center partners with community-based organizations to design project-based, leadership development opportunities for these students; opportunities that enable them to grow as professionals and leaders, while making valuable contributions to their partners. (Scroll down for information about the 2015 partner host sites!)

Complementing the students’ work in these community-based settings, the Carlson Center provides structured experiences – a community-based leadership course, advising/mentoring, strengths and leadership identification exercises, and more – to the cohort of Fellows.

Applications are now closed for the 2015 Carlson Civic Fellowship. Check back next year!

Fellowship Requirements

Students selected as Carlson Civic Fellows will:

  • Commit a minimum of 10 hours of service per week from January – June, 2015 at the community-based organization at which they are selected to work.
  • Participate in a 3-credit Community-Based Leadership (CBL) course offered through the Carlson Center during Winter Quarter (this course is also offered in Spring Quarter, if extenuating circumstances prevent participation in Winter). The Winter Quarter course is scheduled for Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:20 PM.
  • Create a Personal Development Plan articulating goals for their time enrolled in the Fellowship, and participate in regular advising sessions with a Carlson Center staff member to assess their progress and development.
  • Identify personal strengths and leadership styles through structured activities and reflection exercises; integrate this understanding and awareness into service with their community organization.
  • Participate in the following events and programs:
                  • A Fellowship Welcome Social, with all members of the Carlson Center’s fellowship programs, on Thursday, November 20 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM.
                  • An early orientation with their partner organization in late November.
                  • An MLK Day of Service project on Monday, January 19, 2015, with other students in the Carlson Center’s fellowship programs.
                  • Present a poster presentation on your fellowship experience at the Spring Celebration of Service & Leadership on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
                  • A Fellowship Graduation/Celebration in May, 2015 (date TBD).

Fellowship Benefits

Students selected as Carlson Civic Fellows will:

  •  Receive a $2,500 stipend distributed in two equal installments during Winter and Spring Quarters.
  • Join a cohort of Carlson Center fellows, a group of student leaders with a dedication to community service and social change.
  • Gain an awareness of personal strengths and leadership capacities and how these apply in a real-world context.
  • Set fellowship goals and track personal progress through the use of a Personal Development Plan and regular check-ins with a Carlson Center staff mentor.

2015 Carlson Civic Fellowship Host Sites and Positions

  • Entre Hermanos (LGBT Latino Public Policy and Community Mobilization): The Carlson Civic Fellow will help Entre Hermanos strengthen its 2015 legislative social justice agenda, geared towards promoting the health and well-being of the Latino LGBTQ community. The Fellow will participate in information-gathering discussions with various stakeholders; conduct research on community needs and interests; support the development of related Communication strategies to spark community mobilization; engage in direct advocacy activities; assist in the evaluation of the 2015 Legislative Session’s outcomes and recalibration of legislative priorities as needed; and help with early implementation of Entre Hermanos’ social justice agenda, while planning towards the sustainability of the organizations legislative efforts over time.
  • International Rescue Committee (Citizenship-Preparation Program): The Carlson Civic Fellow will support the IRC in Seattle’s efforts to improve and strengthen its citizenship-preparation programming for the organization’s primary client-base, refugees resettled to the United States. Refugees are eligible for citizenship through naturalization 5 years after their arrival in this country, and IRC in Seattle believes that more refugees would apply for citizenship if they felt confident in their abilities to pass the naturalization test. The Carlson Civic Fellow will evaluate other citizenship preparation courses offered both within King County and across the country, and consult with IRC staff on which best practices could be implemented by the organization. Using this information, the Civic Fellow will design and pilot a pilot citizenship-preparation project – with an eye towards evaluation and program sustainability, and with the dedicated support of IRC staff and volunteers.
  • Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) – (IDEA Space: Public Safety Program): SCIDpda works to revitalize Seattle’s Chinatown International District neighborhood through economic and community development efforts that are designed to preserve the community’s multi-ethnic culture and heritage. The Carlson Civic Fellow will aid SCIDpda in two programs, addressing issues of public safety and community engagement: 1) The organization’s twice-weekly, evening Neighborhood Block Watch program focuses on crime prevention and ownership of the streets, but has been on hiatus for over a year. The Fellow will work with SCIDpda staff to jumpstart participation in the initiative amongst neighborhood residents, employees, business owners, families and others, propelling community empowerment, efficacy and cohesion. 2) They will also provide valuable strategic, recruitment and logistical support leading up to, and during, the organization’s neighborhood Spring Clean program, taking place in April 2015.

Please review these opportunities in more detail by downloading full position descriptions, HERE.

Applications are now closed for the 2015 Carlson Civic Fellowship. Check back next year!


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