Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications - Student Application

The Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications is a leadership program that trains and inspires undergraduate students to become leaders in public interest communications. Fellows gain field experience through placements in leading nonprofits. A majority of Fellows will be placed in the Greater Washington DC area. Remaining Fellows will be placed in diverse Metropolitan areas. Background The Frank Karel Fellowship Program in Public Interest Communications, managed by the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington (, places high-potential undergraduate students in leading nonprofit organizations that vigorously promote the public interest for a hands-on, experiential summer fellowship. The Karel Fellowship honors and advances the legacy of Frank Karel, who established, led and nurtured the field of strategic communications in philanthropy during his 30 years as chief communications officer for the Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations. Among Karel’s strong beliefs was that racial and ethnic minorities were underrepresented in the public interest communications field and that foundations and public interest organizations needed to be proactive in recruiting and nurturing broader participation and leadership in public interest communications and advocacy. When Sunday, June 16, 2013 - Friday, August 23, 2013 for 40 hours per week (inclusive of learning sessions) There will be eight events required for each fellow to attend over this ten week period. They include: 1) Welcome Dinner on Sunday, June 16, 2013 2) Social Event on Friday, June 21, 2013 3) Learning Session I on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 4) Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, July 18, 2013 5) Social Event on Thursday, July 25, 2013 6) Learning Session II on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 7) Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, August 15, 2013 8) Farewell Dinner on Friday, August 23, 2013 Who is eligible? Undergraduate Communications, Journalism, Political Science, Public Policy, or Social Policy majors or any student who is considering a career in public interest communications. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Priority will be focused on first generation rising junior and senior college students. Post-Fellowship Expectations All Fellows are required to attend a symposium at the University of Florida in February 2014. Mentors and faculty sponsors will be invited as well. All travel, lodging and food expenses for the Fellows will be covered. Fellows and mentors may also be invited to participate in similar events. Stipend, Flights and Housing Each Fellow will receive a total stipend of $4000 to cover housing, travel expenses and living expenses during the fellowship. Housing DC offers a variety of housing options for Fellows. Email Thuy Le at for a list of housing options or visit for the list. PLEASE SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION AND SEND PDFS OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS TO THUY LE AT TLE@NONPROFITROUNDTABLE.ORG IN ORDER FOR YOUR APPLICATION TO BE COMPLETE. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00PM ON JANUARY 15, 2013. 1. Current resume that includes grade-point average, related skill, and extracurricular experience including experience working with or for public interest organizations. 2. Two-page statement of interest in the Fellowship, explaining your particular objective for your Fellowship, noting what you hope to learn in the realm of public interest communications. Please be as specific as possible. 3. A personal letter of recommendation from the faculty sponsor. 4. Photo (gif, jpeg, pdf or png file) - If selected, this will be used on the Nonprofit Roundtable website. Applicants may be asked to participate in a brief phone interview. Application Deadline:  January 31, 2013 Please contact Thuy Le at or 202-973-2511 with questions about eligibility or the application process.
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