Social Innovation Summer Fellowship

SSA Social Innovation Summer FellowshipThe School of Social Service Administration (SSA) invites current first year and EEP master’s students to apply for the SSA Social Innovation Summer Fellowship (SSIF), a unique summer fellowship opportunity to support interest in innovative nonprofit practice. The SSIF was launched in 2012 to support summer internships for masters-level students seeking experience with innovative nonprofit organizations or for-profit social enterprises that serve at-risk or low-income populations. The fellowship program provides students with real-world experience in organizations operating in the social impact sector to address issues of poverty, economic opportunity, job training and education, or community development. One summer fellowship of $2,500 will be awarded for an internship commitment of at least 150 hours between June 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015.

Placement Organization: The 2015 SSIF Fellow will be placed with the Cara Program in Chicago, which helps connect people who are homeless and/or lowincome persons to employment opportunities.
Summer Internship Project: Working with Cara Program staff, the 2015 SSIF Fellow will be working to implement The Cara Alumni Association. The Alumni Association is designed to be a structured community post “graduation” that will further support individuals in their journey to lasting success. This alumni group is intended to help program participants build networks that will provide long-term career, emotional, and social support. The SSIF Fellow’s responsibilities could potentially include developing/enhancing structural components and communication strategies, creating a social media presence, meeting with the Association leaders, outreach to alumni, and organizing/launching meetings and events.
In addition to helping to implement the Cara Alumni Association, the SSIF Fellow will have exposure to different aspects of The Cara Program organization and operations. At the end of the internship, the Fellow will be expected to submit a short two-page essay describing their summer work and reflecting upon the learning objectives set out for the position. This essay is due by the start of classes in Fall Quarter 2015.
Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, a current resume, the name of a SSA faculty member willing to recommend them, and an essay (1-2 pages) that briefly answers the following questions:
  1. Describe your interest and experience in nonprofit human service organizations. Discuss how your career goals connect to leading future innovations within the nonprofit human service sector; 
  2. Briefly reflect on how this internship specifically will help you advance your work and training at SSA.
Application materials should be sent to Associate Professor Jennifer Mosley at by 4pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. A small committee of SSA faculty will review the applications and select the 2015 SSIF Fellow based on the qualifications of the candidate and their personal essay. Please contact professor Mosley if you have any questions about the SSA Social Innovation Summer Fellowship. Decisions will be announced to applicants by Friday, April 10, 2015.