Maine Community Fellowship

The Maine Community Fellowship program provides students the opportunity to work and serve in the local community by way of a placement in a specific organization to address community issues while strengthening campus-community partnerships.

Overview

Meant to capitalize on students' interests, the fellowship allows students to explore work in the public sector while developing an understanding of issues at the local level — what they are, and how to solve problems related to these issues by working with a broad spectrum of community leaders. This 10-week fellowship includes a $5000 stipend, and fellows are eligible for on-campus housing. In addition to their placements, students convene regularly with other fellows for reflection and problem solving. Most fellowship placements go from early June to mid-August. The Davidson Summer Fellowship is an annual fellowship within the Maine Community Fellowship cohort awarded to a student working with youth populations.

As part of the program, fellows are required to:

  • Participate in an orientation to the program during the first week of June;
  • Convene regularly with other fellows and staff for discussion, reflection and problem solving and to identify common themes among participating agencies that might be addressed in the future;
  • Present a summary of the experience to participating agencies, students, faculty and staff at the end of the summer;
  • Participate in an evaluation of the program at the end of the summer to help craft future program components. 

Complete the Student Application for the Summer of 2019 before

  • February 13, 2019 (noon)

Complete the Community Partner Application for the Summer of 2019 before

  • November 30, 2018 (noon)
Interest in public issues, academic record, and financial need are all important criteria for fellowship applicants, although students not receiving aid are eligible if a paying summer job is a necessity.

If you are interested in working on an environmental or sustainability-related project, please consider the Maine-Based Fellowships offered by the Environmental Studies program primarily for students majoring in Environmental Studies. For more information, contact Eileen Johnson.

For more information on the Maine Community Fellowship throughout the year please contact Tom Ancona

During the 2018-19 Academic Year, please feel free to contact our Summer Fellowship McKeen Fellows, Aliya-Begum Jessa and Theodora Hurley. Aliya and Theo will have office hours in the McKeen Center during the 2018-19 Academic Year.