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Information for Community Partners

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, full-time at the agencies, for nine weeks over the summer. This highly competitive program presents an exciting educational opportunity for students and is funded by the college.

The Community Fellows Program upholds the college’s mission by engaging students, faculty, and community partners in the following ways:

  1. Providing students with an opportunity to experience meaningful work in non-profit and governmental sectors
  2. Supporting capacity building with community partners by responding to community needs
  3. Investing in the future of our community through public scholarship and civic engagement
  4. Enhancing the relevance of a liberal arts education to a purposeful life and the timely need for the public humanities

Important Dates

February 1, 2021 - Proposals Due
Community partners are invited to submit project or position proposals via our online form.

February 1 - February 7 - Proposals Reviewed
Proposals are reviewed by the Office of Community-Engaged Learning and a faculty committee. Proposals are evaluated on the criteria above.

March 6 - Student Applications Open
Students apply to specific proposals. Students are first interviewed by the Office of Community-Engaged Learning, then by the agencies to which they applied.

April 6- April 10 - Student interviews with agency

The OCEL sends a shortlist of three candidates to each agency

mid-April - Fellows Announced
Fellows are announced via our email list. Both the fellows and agencies are featured on the Community Fellows page on the Vassar College website.

Juny 7 - Fellowship begins

Fellows will attend an orientation hosted by the OCEL and participate in weekly cohort meetings.