NextGen Public Service Fellowship
Why get involved
The NextGen Public Service Fellowships encourage a life-long commitment to public service by providing undergraduates with the opportunity to develop their civic leadership capacity through work in the non-profit and government sectors.
What to Expect
Application and selection processes occur during Winter Quarter, students work with program staff to develop internships in the spring, then complete their community-based work and participate in cohort activities during the summer months. Selected fellows receive a $5000 stipend for completing an internship of 200 hours (or more) between May and September.
Who is eligible for this fellowship?
The NextGen Public Service Fellowship requires that students are enrolled in Summer Quarter 2023, or enrolled in both Spring and Autumn Quarter 2023 OR Spring and Summer Quarter 2023 classes at the University of Washington.
Fellows are selected based on these criteria:
Demonstrated commitment to public service career paths;
History of engagement with community-based organizations and/or government initiatives;
Ability to articulate how a funded summer internship will contribute to student’s development as a public servant and civic leader; and
Orientation and capacity to collaboratively develop a plan for an intensive summer internship or project that balances benefit to the partnering organization with student learning.
Additional consideration is given to students who:
Are actively involved in the NextGen Civic Leader Corps at the time of application,
Have demonstrated financial need, and
Are committing to internships/projects that would otherwise be unpaid experiences
Application Process for 2023
Full application here. Applications are due by 11:59pm on February 28, 2023.
The NextGen Public Service Fellowship requires applicants to submit 1) Short essay responses to three questions; 2) A recent resume; and 3) An unofficial transcript.
Please limit your responses to 500 words per essay prompt (or 1500 words total). Essay prompts are as follows:
- Tell us about prior work in and with communities. What have you learned about public service and civic leadership through this involvement?
- What ideas or goals do you have related to a career in public service? How will participating in an internship at a non-profit or with a local, statewide, or federal government organization through the NextGen Public Service Fellowship connect with or advance those goals?
- How do you hope to benefit from participating in the NextGen Public Service Fellowship program? How can we support your personal and professional goals?
Information Sessions and Application Support
Information sessions and application writing support sessions are held in MGH 171 on the following dates:
- Friday, January 13 from 4-5PM
- Thursday, January 26 from 11:30AM-1PM
- Monday, February 13 from 3:30-4:30PM.
Individualized or remote support available by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
Requirements for Selected Students
In addition to active engagement in their project during summer 2023, Fellows must contribute to the overall learning of the cohort through these (in person or virtual) engagements:
- Complete a 200-hour internship with a non-profit or government organization between May and September. Some students may enter with a pre-existing relationship with their internship host, others will be supported in developing an internship during Spring Quarter for implementation during the summer months.
- Attend monthly cohort gatherings. Dates and meeting modality will be determined by cohort availablity.
- Host a site visit with your organization and NextGen Program staff.
- Prepare and present Fellowship reflections during Dawg Daze 2023 (September 21-26; exact date and time TBD).
These fellowships are made possible through the support of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and investment from the University of Washington Provost Office. These fellowships represent an investment in the next generation of public service leaders who embody the values of late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson; S. Sterling Munro, Jr., the former top aide to Senator Jackson and Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration; and Gene Munro, a lifelong advocate for public service and the wife of S. Sterling Munro Jr.
This opportunity is associated with: CELE FellowshipsLearn more