Through the Community Impact Fellowship, graduating seniors and co-terms work in full-time, 10- to 12-month paid positions in nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, with occasional placements in other cities throughout the United States.
The Community Impact Fellowship was originally founded as SPIN in 2003 and re-launched in 2007. The fellowship aims to:
- Recruit talented students to work in public service
- Engage alumni working in and committed to public service
- Assist public interest organizations in finding qualified staff
During the fellowship year, Community Impact Fellows have an opportunity to be matched with a mentor in their field and are provided resources to support their personal and professional growth. Fellows are paid a salary (a minimum of $38,000) or stipend by the host organization plus health insurance coverage, unless otherwise arranged.
The Community Impact Fellowship participating partner organizations vary from year to year. The 2020-2021 Community Impact Fellowship partner organizations will submit job descriptions for students to review by mid-December, and applicants are encouraged to apply to several organizations to maximize the chance of securing a Community Impact position. Partner organizations review finalist applications, arrange interviews, and make final hiring decisions.
Please note that Haas Center staff does not necessarily have direct experience with, nor do we professionally endorse, partner organizations.
Community Impact Fellows commit to the following program requirements:
- Attend pre-fellowship orientation sessions in Spring Quarter
- Complete a workshop on the Principles of Ethical and Effective Public Service
- Participate in regional professional development sessions throughout the year
- Participate in quarterly conversation with the Community Impact Fellowship coordinator to evaluate individual experiences, make program recommendations, and provide advice to incoming fellows
- Provide the program with a year-end report detailing the fellowship experience and activities
To be eligible for a Community Impact Fellowship, you must be a current graduating senior or co-term at Stanford. Applicants are encouraged from any major field of study and from a wide variety of service pathways.
A selection committee comprised of Stanford staff will review all applicants and offer preplacement interviews to students with the best matches to the role requirements. Based on these interviews, the strongest applicants for each position will be forwarded to the host organization. The host organization and applicants are responsible (with the assistance of the Haas Center) for arranging an interview date and time. After the final interviews are completed, the organizations make offers to their first choice applicant via the Community Impact Fellowship coordinator.
In addition to meeting the job qualifications, evaluation criteria include:
- A demonstrated commitment to the Principles of Ethical and Effective Public Service
- Quality and content of written statements
- Strength of references
For more information, please contact Juaquín Sims at the Haas Center.