Information for Students
The Community Fellows program is a unique partnership between Vassar College and local non-profit and governmental agencies in Dutchess county.
Community partners are invited to submit project proposals that address pressing social issues relevant to their organization. Students are fully funded to work on these projects for nine weeks over the summer. In many ways this is analogous to the Ford Scholars program and URSI. The major difference is that instead of working with a faculty member on campus, students are able to work at a non-profit organization or governmental agency.
15 students were part of the 2020 cohort and worked with 11 organizations in Poughkeepsie, and one in Nashville, TN. View the 2020 Community Fellows presentations here.
What Should I Expect?
Agency Position: Students work for nine weeks with a non-profit or governmental organization alongside an agency mentor.
Cohort Experience: A two-day immersive orientation to Dutchess County, the rest of the student cohort, and agency partners. Programming includes leadership and skill-building workshops.
Cohort Gatherings: Students meet as a cohort every week to share work, insights, and challenges.
End of Program Celebration: At the end of the nine-week program, students and partners convene to celebrate their work.
Symposium: During the fall semester, fellows and community partners present fellowship outcomes to the campus and wider community.
Students have to the option to continue summer work by registering for community-engaged learning with the community partner through the academic year.