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What is the Jackson Fellows Program?

The College of Saint Benedict Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Program invites applications for the 2017-2018 program.  This is a year-long program with primary focus on the 2017 summer.   Each of theCSB/SJU students selected for the 2017-2018 Jackson Fellows Program will receive $5,000 for full-time summer civic engagement internships.  Students will also receive a living stipend for summer living expenses and be eligible for additional professional development funds.  During the 2017-2018 academic year, students will receive a $1000 scholarship, meet monthly and do a group community-based project. 

During the 2017 summer, the Jackson Fellows have full-time fellowships involving community service, government and/or public policy advocacy and implementation.  All civic engagement fellowships involve improving community life and the common good.   In addition to the fellowships, the Jackson Fellows meet bi-monthly as a group for seminars with the co-directors and other program guests.  Our seminars, usually held on campus, involve discussion of fellowships, leadership training, guest lecturers from community and state leaders, as well as study tours to student sites and other regional sites.

ALL MAJORS welcome to apply! All students who will be enrolled at CSB/SJU in 2017-2018 may apply (no May 2017 graduates).  Students will work full-time (40 hours/week) for a 10-week period of time, beginning late May/early June and continuing through early to mid-August (tentatively June 5, 2017 - August 11, 2017).   Students may elect to register for and earn internship credits.  

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2016 (January 15, 2017 for students currently abroad). Interviews will take place in early-December for students abroad Fall 2016, interviews will take place by the second week of February 2017. We expect to have all interviews completed by mid-February with notification before Spring Break 2017.

Students will be selected based on the following items (submit all materials online through this forms manager link):

  1. A statement of intent explaining student interest and type of community engagement work they desire, including potential placement sites if possible.  We encourage all students to research and discuss ideas for site placements. Your statement of intent should explain why there is a need for this type of community engagement, how you could contribute, and how this experience relates to your goals.
  2. A resume indicating relevant paid and unpaid work/volunteer experiences, relevant class or other training, conferences or workshops attended, honors and awards, public talks or media involvement, and other skills such as languages or computer skills;
  3. Two letters of recommendation (please send link to form to those submitting recommendations); 
  4. Essay exploring your service and leadership experience (upload in application); 
  5. Current unofficial transcript;
  6. Interview with co-directors of the fellowship (following review of application, students will be notified)
  7. OPTIONAL Brookings Program: upload essay outlining interest in a community engagement placement with Children's Museum of South Dakota OR ULC/CDC Child Development Center OR Boys & Girls Club of Brookings, all located in Brookings, SD. These sites will have a housing option at no charge to the students. Museum: Help inspire children to learn and grow by providing high-quality learning experiences that last a lifetime. Opportunities exist in the following areas: education, exhibits, programming and events, and guest services. Applicants should have strong desire to work with young children, early childhood through age twelve.  Child Development Center/Intergenerational Care Center: Support the mission by providing quality care and an educational environment that promotes the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of each child. Intergenerational setting includes activities where the residents of the nursing home and independent living facilities interact with the children.  The Jackson Fellow will plan and provide intergenerational programming. Boys & Girls Club of Brookings: The Boys & Girls Club of Brookings mission is to 'inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens'. Through our three priority outcomes of Healthy Lifestyles, Academic Success and Character & Leadership, we are able to obtain our mission. As the Boys & Girls Club of Brookings continues to grow, we are building a stand-alone Teen Center as well as an Early Childhood Education Center. Through this expansion, many professional opportunities exist. Opportunities exist in the following areas: designing and implementing programs with the youth, human resources (management), marketing, designing and implementing special program events and much more!

Please visit CSB/SJU Internships website for tips on finding a site.

For helpful tips on cover letter and resume writing, please visit Career Services:

Please feel free to contact Angie Schmidt Whitney, Director, Experiential Learning & Community Engagement, or Matt Lindstrom, Professor of Political Science/Director, McCarthy Center, with any questions.

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