Selected Fellows join a comprehensive program through which they receive financial and personal developmental support to:
Building on insights in social change theory and practice along with suggestions from community partners, students, and faculty, CPGC Fellowships begin with a grounding in understanding identity and ethical action in the context of off-campus justice work.
- All fellows participate in a week of intensive, skill-building work at the end of May or beginning of June depending on College move-out policies. In addition, fellows will be invited to join smaller cohort events during the spring semester.
- Fellows will be matched with a mentor who will provide support throughout the fellowship, meeting virtually one-on-one.
- Fellows participating in partnership programs may have cohort meetings to prepare for their specific programs, which may include meeting virtually with past interns for advice and support in preparing for their experience and
- Students undertaking fellowships with Philadelphia-based organizations will participate in POP, a virtual, week-long introduction to some of the social justice work being done in Philadelphia. This will also occur near the end of May or beginning of June.
Summer Fellowships enable students to pursue educational experiences that advance their understanding of critical social justice efforts, while providing opportunities to contribute to organizations that advance those efforts. Fellowships are built around summer internships, all around the world:
- Internships will be remote for summer 2021.
- Fellows typically serve full time (30-40 hours per week) with their host organization.
- Internships ideally span 8-10 weeks.
- Students interested in a shorter internship or one based on fewer weekly hours should discuss with a CPGC program manager.
- Fellows dive into the complexity of ethical engagement and representation through a mid-internship personal reflection essay, as well as opportunities to share learning with peers and more broadly.
- Fellows will have periodic, supportive check-ins with their mentor during their internship.
- At the end of their summer internships, Fellows submit a final report evaluating their experience and providing feedback for the CPGC.
- A financial stipend is one component of enabling this opportunity. The typical summer fellowship award amount is $4,000, based on the expectation of an internship that is 8-10 weeks long with 30-40 hours of service and learning per week. Variation may occur as circumstances warrant, as indicated in this document.
Continue the Journey
Upon returning to campus in the fall, fellows are supported by each other, faculty partners, and CPGC staff members to unpack and reflect on their summer experiences:
- Fellows participate in one of several fall courses designed for them to continue their learning.
- Through the intersection of these courses and the summer internships, fellows share their stories at a re-entry retreat and a poster fair.
- Frequently, fellows continue to brainstorm ways to advance actions on campus and off. In the months and years that follow the fellowship, fellows apply for CPGC funding to continue their inquiry and activism through connections with research, conferences, and on-campus events and speakers.