Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Carlson Civic Fellowship

Applications for this Fellowship are now closed; please check back in September 2016!

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. Check out the 2016 Carlson Civic Fellowship Positions!

Complementing the students’ work with their host organizations, they take part in a variety of structured experiences; a community-based leadership course, coaching/mentoring, strengths and leadership identification activities, and more.

Fellowship Requirements

Students selected as Carlson Civic Fellows will participate in:

  • A minimum of 10 hours of service per week from January – June 2016 with the community-based organization at which they are selected to work.
  • 3-credit Community-Based Leadership course, “General Studies 348: Critical Perspectives on Service and Community Engagement,” offered through the Carlson Center during Winter Quarter (the timing of the course will be announced in the coming days).
  • Structured activities and ongoing reflection about goals, leadership practices, personal strengths, and professional development; regular coaching sessions with a Carlson Center staff member to track progress and growth throughout the Fellowship; integrating this understanding and awareness into service with their community organization.
  • These events and programs:
    • A Fellowship Welcome Social, with all members of the Carlson Center’s fellowship programs, on Tuesday, December 1 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM.
    • An early orientation with their partner organization in late November or early December.
    • An MLK Day of Service project on Monday, January 18, 2016, with other students in the Carlson Center’s fellowship programs.
    • A skills workshop with participants in other Carlson Center fellowship programs, in mid-February.
    • Present a poster presentation about your fellowship efforts and experience at the Spring Celebration of Service & Leadership on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
    • A Fellowship Celebration in late May 2016 (date TBD).

Fellowship Benefits

Students selected as Carlson Civic Fellows will:

  • Join a cohort of Carlson Center fellows; a group of peer student leaders with a dedication to community service and social change.
  • Develop an awareness of personal strengths and leadership capacities and how these can be put to use in a real-world context.
  • Set fellowship goals and track personal progress, professional growth and leadership development through structured activities and regular check-ins with a Carlson Center staff mentor.
  • Receive a $2,500 stipend distributed in two equal installments during Winter and Spring Quarters.

2016 Carlson Civic Fellowship Host Sites

These three organizations will host Carlson Civic Fellows during Winter and Spring 2016. In addition to the overviews here, please download and review the in-depth Fellowship position descriptions.

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


Contact Talya Gillman in the Carlson Center at 206.543.4842 or (please do not reach out to organizations directly).

Applications for the 2016 Carlson Civic Fellowship are now closed; please check back in September!