New Sector Fellowships

New Sector runs two fellowship programs, our year-long Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) Fellowship and our Summer Fellowship. New Sector Alliance is currently only accepting fellowship applications in the Twin Cities. Please visit our Open Fellowships Positions page for more information.

New Sector’s fellowship programs bring together cohorts of highly-motivated, skilled early career professionals who are committed to careers that make a difference. Fellows serve full-time at organizations that are focused on advancing human potential, alleviating poverty, closing the achievement gap, creating jobs, engaging in environmental issues, working toward healthier futures, and other important causes. In addition to being placed as an employee at a New Sector partner organization, Fellows join a peer learning community where they participate in training, mentoring, and coaching to build skills needed for meaningful careers.


Unlike the traditional job search, New Sector fellowships provide a network of support during the interview process, on-boarding period, and challenging first months of a new job. Both our Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) and Summer Fellowship programs are designed to provide Fellows with support, training, and networks to advance their careers and prepare them for future leadership.

  • TrainingFellows meet regularly throughout their terms for training on topics ranging from career planning to negotiations, project management to finance, communication to interviewing skills, and more. Trainers include academic, business, and social sector leaders; experienced career coaches; management consultants; and many others.
  • Employment placementBy serving as a full-time employee of a partner organization (host site), Fellows gain practical on the job experience and opportunities to apply what they learn through New Sector training. 
  • MentorshipThrough one-on-one relationships with their mentors, Fellows gain support for their individual goals, which may include host site projects, professional etiquette, career exploration, and beyond. Fellows manage their schedules with mentors, typically meeting or talking weekly, often outside of business hours. Mentors are often management consultants as well as business, nonprofit, and philanthropy professionals. Fellows are matched with mentors based on mutual fit.
  • Coaching – As needed, Fellows can access individual support from New Sector staff. Common topics of discussion include navigating host site opportunities and challenges, exploring job and career opportunities, and reviewing resumes and cover letters.
  • Peer learning Fellowships are built on a cohort model with small groups of Fellows in each cohort. Cohorts support each other through bi-monthly training and learning team meetings.
  • Structured feedback and check points – Through the term, each Fellow is encouraged to proactively ask for constructive feedback from their host site supervisors, mentors, and peer learning teams. This feedback supports each Fellow’s personal and professional growth.
  • Network building – There are ample opportunities for Fellows to gain additional support and contacts through New Sector alumni, trainers, mentors, staff, other Fellows, and our community of partner organizations.

Short-term investment, long-term career advancement

We view our fellowships as a short-term investment into our Fellows’ long-term career advancement. The fellowship period is focused on making a significant impact on a partner organization (host site) as well as self assessment, reflection, career planning, skill building, mentoring relationships, networking, and other forms of professional development.

New Sector matches each Fellow with a summer or year-long job as full-time employee of a host site, high quality professional development programming, and lifelong membership in our alumni network. New Sector believes that our training and mentoring have positive, measurable long-term effects on job growth, career opportunities, and financial compensation. Fellows significantly increase their value to their employer (and future employers) through their fellowship experience.


“The support, management, lessons, and professional development I gleaned from my mentors, colleagues and supervisor(s) at my host site was unmatched. And New Sector’s alumni network has continued to serve me as I’ve pursued my post-fellowship career goals.”
- Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) 2014-2015 Fellow