The Autry Fellowship provides an opportunity for talented and passionate recent college graduates to work for one year to address pressing issues of inequity in the South as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC. The ideal Autry Fellow is deeply committed to advancing social equity and opportunity and is eager to support the mission of MDC—to help organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity.
MDC believes that each Autry Fellow has something unique and fresh to bring to MDC’s work, and in turn the Fellowship is designed to provide the Fellow with an experience that will enhance their understanding of social change and help place them on their own aspired path to promoting equity. In this way, the Autry Fellowship advances MDC’s tradition and vision of creating a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit the region.
The Autry Fellowship celebrates the life and perpetuates the work of the late George B. Autry, founding president of MDC. For 32 years, he led MDC with a passion for improving opportunities for people and places struggling to keep pace with economic and social change.
We invite you to apply for the Autry Fellowship if you…
- Are committed to equity issues in the South and are ready to learn about the unique features of this region;
- Have had meaningful direct experience with communities that are struggling;
- Have had prior work, study, or personal engagement in a variety of relevant areas, including public policy, education, economic and workforce development, poverty alleviation, sociology, political science, Southern studies, community development, leadership development, or a similar field;
- Are excited to apply both knowledge and lived experience to efforts for social and economic equity;
- Have the ability to communicate and work with people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences;
- Are commited to MDC's mission;
- Demonstrate leadership potential;
- Have excellent communication, writing, and oral presentation skills;
- Are proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel;
- Have United States residency; and
- Are in your final year of undergraduate studies or have graduated within the past two years.