College of Saint Benedict Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Program

Apply for 2019 Program

Application deadline is November 2018.

Each student selected for the program will receive $5,000 for a full-time (40 hours/week for 10 weeks) internship, as well as a $1,000 living stipend. In addition to the fellowship funding, Fellows will meet as a group for a MANDATORY training, typically the third week in May. All majors welcome to apply! Students may elect to register for and earn internship credits, although it is not required to receive the fellowship.  Financial need WILL be a consideration in the selection process. Students are not eligible to receive funding for an internship that takes place after they graduate.

Application Criteria

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. You do not need to have an internship secured at the time of application. 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 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 Boys & Girls Club of Brookings, both located in Brookings, SD. These sites will have a housing option at no charge to the students. Museum: The Children’s Museum of South Dakota “promotes learning for children of all ages and abilities through interactive, informal, hands-on exhibits and programming.” 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. 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'. 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!  

Helpful tips

Feel free to contact Angie Schmidt Whitney ([email protected]), Director, Experience & Professional Development, or Matt Lindstrom ([email protected]), Professor of Political Science/Director, McCarthy Center, with any questions.