What is the Jackson Fellows Program?

 In response to an anonymous gift the College of St. Benedict is pleased to offer up to nine student fellowships at $4,000 each for full-time summer civic engagement internships. Students will also receive a $1,000 stipend for living expenses. Students will not be allowed to have any other paid employment during the ten weeks of the fellowship. The fellowship will relate to community service and/or public policy and will be hosted by an off-campus organization. All fellowships will involve civic engagement or work devoted to improving community life or the common good through political or non-political activities. ALL MAJORS welcome to apply!

Eligible students will be seniors in 2014-2015.  Students will work full-time beginning June 2, 2014 and continuing through August 8, 2014. Students may elect to earn credits. Students will work with Laura Hammond on an individual basis to set up payment and assessment for credits earned. Prior to starting their fellowship, the Jackson Fellows must participate in a training seminar in May 2014. Twice per month, the Jackson Fellows will meet as a group with the co-directors (Marah Jacobson-Schulte and Matt Lindstrom). Our bi-monthly seminars, usually held on campus, will involve discussion of fellowships, leadership training, guest lecturers from community and state leaders, as well as study tours to student sites and other community sites.

Academic Year Commitment

You will continue your commitment to service and leadership by joining us for our Jackson Fellows Academic Year Program. As Jackson Fellows, students will be awarded a financial stipend ($1,000) in recognition of their year-long involvement in the Jackson Program. The purpose of the academic year program is to continue the momentum created over the summer months and provide a vehicle for strengthening students' leadership skills and service on and off campus throughout the year. As Jackson Fellows, students will be expected to participate in all group activities. We realize there will be exceptions so we will build in alternatives for students studying abroad or having other conflicts.

Expectations for the academic year:

  1. Participate in monthly meetings for the purpose of reflecting on student leadership seminars, service-learning and participation in other campus events such as lectures, panels, conferences, and so forth.
  2. Participate in a group service-learning project at least once per semester. Typically these will be all day events.
  3. Attend an average of one leadership development seminar per month. Typically these will be ILCP or SELT sponsored events but other events will be offered as alternatives.
  4. Attend at least one public lecture or event per month related to public policy, community service, professional networking or civic engagement in some form. Jackson Fellows will be invited to pre-event receptions, dinners, etc. when possible.
  5. Participate in group travel to at least one conference per year. Most expenses will be paid.
  6. Participate in an alternative spring break experience, strongly encouraged
  7. Participate in at least one study tour organized by the Jackson Fellows Program or another campus organization
  8. Jackson Fellows will also organize and arrange some of the above events and others such as charitable fundraising drives.
  9. Jackson Fellows will also help in the application process for the following year's Jackson Fellows and may be asked to participate in some of the following summer programs when possible.

The application deadline is December 1, 2013 (January 17, 2014 for students currently abroad). Interviews will take place early-December for students studying abroad Spring 2014 or by the second week of February for returning Fall 2013 study abroad and all other students. We expect to have all interviews completed by mid-February with notification before Spring Break.  

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