What is the Jackson Fellows Program?

College of Saint Benedict

Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Program

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The College of Saint Benedict Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Program invites applications for the 2018 summer program.  Each of the CSB/SJU students selected for the 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 2018 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 as a group for a MANDATORY training from May 21-25, 2018 for seminars with the co-directors and other program guests.  Our seminars, held primarily on campus, involve discussion of fellowships, leadership training, guest lecturers from community and state leaders, as well as study tours to regional sites.

ALL MAJORS welcome to apply!  All students who will be enrolled at CSB/SJU in 2018-2019 may apply (no May 2018 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 4, 2018 – August 10, 2018).   Students may elect to register for and earn internship credits.  Financial need will be considered in the selection process.

The application deadline is November 26, 2017 (January 15, 2018 for students currently abroad). Interviews will take place in early-December. For students abroad Fall 2017, interviews will take place by the second week of February 2018. We expect to have all interviews completed by mid-February with notification before Spring Break 2018.

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

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: https://www.csbsju.edu/forms/1WN559ICWY); 

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!  

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


For helpful tips on how to write a resume and statement of intent, as well as interview preparation, information can be found here:  https://www.csbsju.edu/xpd/career/students

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.