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 will participate in a half-day retreat featuring activities that open up space for questions and discussion about identity, social change, and more. Prospective Fellows should save the date for this required program: April 5, 2020.
- Students undertaking self-designed Fellowships will meet one-on-one with a program coordinator to create an individualized preparation plan.
- Students undertaking U.S. based partner Fellowships will meet with past interns for advice and support in preparing for their experience.
- All students undertaking international Fellowships must attend a Health Session presented by PENN Travel Medicine on April 1 at 7 p.m. in Stokes 102
- International partnerships will have required cohort meetings to prepare for their specific site.
- Fellows with Philadelphia-based internships participate in POP, a week-long introduction to some of the social justice work being done in Philadelphia. Save the date for this required program: May 18-22.
Fellowships are built around summer internships with organizations advancing peace, social justice, and global citizenship in a variety of ways, all around the world:
- Internships ideally span 8-10 weeks. Fellows are expected to work full time (35-40 hours per week) for their host organization. This varies for international partnerships and research projects.
- The CPGC covers Fellows’ expenses, including travel to/from the site, local transportation, required vaccinations, visas, food, and housing; CPGC also provides the summer earnings expectation for students who have that stipulation in their financial aid packages.
- During the internship, Fellows dive into the complexity of ethical engagement and representation through personal reflection assignments and opportunities to share learning with peers and more broadly.
- Fellows will also be paired with a mentor for supportive check-ins during their internship.
- At the end of their internships, Fellows submit a final report evaluating their experience and providing feedback for the CPGC.
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. During the course, Fellows sustain their commitments to deepen their theoretical understanding of issues and identifying further ethical action.
- Through the intersection of these courses and civic opportunities, 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.
- Through the application and acceptance process, Fellows identify and enroll in a fall semester re-entry course that will build on their summer experiences and give space for reflecting and brainstorming with peers.