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Sophomore Community Engagement Experience (January Project 2021)

Emily
Emily Welden

Welcome to the Sophomore Community Engagement Experience! Please review this guide to get started. In it, you will find:

  • How to Select a Site
  • Site Guide
  • Volunteer Safety Considerations during Covid-19
  • Funding Information
  • January Project Checklist

If you have additional questions, you can...

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

This resource offers options for staying engaged and volunteering while away from Wellesley, or virtually while on campus. We'll cover how to determine the right site for you, how to reach out to organizations about volunteering, and organizations to partner with (listed by industry or topic).

The Presidential Scholars civic leadership community (for rising juniors)

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

At Wellesley, service is leadership. The Presidential Scholars program is an opportunity for Wellesley students, starting in their junior and continuing through their senior year, to focus intensively on civic engagement.

Civic Engagement Funding Guide: Federal Work Study & Grants

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Civic Engagement provides a variety of funding opportunities for Wellesley College students and groups for community engagement programs and projects. This resource provides descriptions of Civic Engagement Grants, Federal Work-Study and Service, the Katharine Timerman Wright Award, and the Beha Community Engagement Grant.

Civic Engagement: Federal Work Study FAQs

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Students with a current Federal Work Study award who have been accepted into a Civic Engagement service program are eligible to receive funding.

Civic Engagement Training

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Any student recieving resources from Civic Engagement must attend a mandatory training program before beginning their volunteer work. Trainings are offered at the beginning of every semester and include Pre-Service General Training, Working with Minors, and South Middlesex Correctional Center.

“It was when I participated in an Alternative Break over the winter that I realized I needed to bring my passion for service back to campus.”

Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Designed for students with a commitment to community engagement, the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service-Learning challenges students to explore and participate in social change in the Greater Boston Area. During the 10-week program, students reside together in Boston while undertaking full-time internships with local nonprofit organizations. Led by Wellesley College faculty, staff, and nonprofit practitioners, a weekly seminar integrating experiential and traditional classroom learning benefits not only the Wellesley interns, but also the communities in which they serve.

Sydney

“Many of the preconceived notions I had about people experiencing homelessness and poverty were transformed by my summer internship, particularly due to its direct service aspect. Much of what I learn as a Peace & Justice Studies major concerns multi-layered analysis of conflict and my internship offered me an opportunity to consider how larger systems, like housing, banking, education, criminal justice, etc., influence social structures and perpetuate poverty for the underclass.”

“For students interested in advocacy or a cause, such as immigration or civil rights – roll up your sleeves and volunteer! Through volunteering, you will gain insight and professional contacts in your chosen field.”

Peace & Justice Studies Internship Program

Internships allow students the opportunity to engage in a project related to the causes and resolution of conflict and /or social justice. The Peace and Justice Studies Program encourages students to do internships in the summer and during the academic year in order to develop skills and knowledge of social activism.

“From the beginning, my career mentor was there to brainstorm, encourage, and motivate me to pursue an internship that aligned with my interests.”

Udall Scholarship (sophomores & juniors)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports a year of undergraduate study for American Indians and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country or interested in pursuing health-related careers, or for students with demonstrated leadership, service, and commitment to issues related to conservation and environmental issues. Eligible are college sophomores and juniors who are US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. Campus application deadline typically in early February.

Truman Scholarship (juniors)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. This scholarship provides funding toward senior year and graduate school for juniors interested in a career in public service. Campus application deadline typically in November.

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program supports a year's work at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni who are eligible to work in the US for a year. Campus application deadline typically in November.

Davis Projects for Peace (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College ‘28), the Projects for Peace program offers undergraduates and graduating seniors funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2021—anywhere in the world — that promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Projects may employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding ways to resolve conflict and maintain peace. Any current Wellesley student is eligible to apply. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Mar 31, 2021

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund - direct application deadline

Eligible: graduate or undergraduate students living in the U.S. and planning to enroll in an accredited school. Grantees must receive college credits for the time period covered by their grant. U.S. citizenship is not required.

International Student, Service, Undergraduate, Postgraduate

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement. Early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism and for peace in Vietnam. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through...