SUMMER FELLOWSHIP

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The New Sector Summer Fellowship is an intensive 10-week program for current and recent undergraduates, and for graduate students:

  • Summer Fellows – Undergraduate (mostly rising juniors and seniors) and recent college graduates
  • Senior Summer Fellows – Master’s students with two or more years of post-college work experience and at least one year of graduate study completed; in addition to participating in all program elements described here, Senior Fellows also lead learning teams of Summer Fellows and lead selected training activities
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“This summer was a great experience! It definitely helped me attain a stronger focus towards my future goals. I was able to grow personally and professionally through training sessions, networking with alumni, and with the help of the CEO at my host site.”
- Zeba Hashimi, Summer Fellow 2014, San Francisco

The Summer Fellowship includes the following elements, which you can read more about in our Fellowships Overview page:

  • TrainingFellows meet regularly throughout their terms for training on topics ranging from project management to nonprofit finance, communication to interviewing skills, and more.  Trainers include social sector leaders, consultants, career coaches, and others.
  • Host site placements*By serving full-time with a nonprofit organization (‘host site’), Fellows gain experience and apply their learning; at the same time, Fellows make a meaningful and lasting impact at their host site.
  • MentorshipThrough 1:1 relationships between Fellows and professionals who volunteer to serve as Mentors, Fellows gain individual support for their host site projects, their career planning, or other areas aligned with their individual goals.
  • CoachingStructured and as-needed coaching opportunities offer Fellows support for host site projects and career development, as well as additional learning.  Coaching is supported by Learning Teams (peer groups) as well as individual meetings with Fellows and Staff.

 

*Candidates who have already secured an internship for the summer may still participate, but will not receive a stipend from New Sector. As part of the application process, candidates must submit this form to indicate their acceptance into an internship. Qualifying internships must be with a social impact organization and contain a project component that creates, expands, or improves services for that organization. These internships can be paid or unpaid.

In addition to being placed at a mission-driven partner organization (host site), Summer Fellows participate in New Sector’s professional development program. This includes:

  • Workshops on career development and management, communication and leadership skills, and functional skills development (e.g. finance, fundraising, marketing)
  • One-on-one matches with professional mentors
  • Peer learning teams to provide peer coaching and support

 

Senior Fellows typically lead a learning team and facilitate at least one training session, gaining experience mentoring others, offering feedback, and providing professional development to early career professionals.

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“This summer was a great experience! It definitely helped me attain a stronger focus towards my future goals. I was able to grow personally and professionally through training sessions, networking with alumni, and with the help of the CEO at my host site.”
- Zeba Hashimi, Summer Fellow 2014, San Francisco

Projects at host sties create, improve, or expand services offered by these social impact organizations. Summer Fellows are expected to support or lead specific parts of ongoing strategic or management-driven projects*. Projects for Senior Fellows are designed for graduate-level experience and often include engagement with senior management or boards of directors.

Here are some examples of projects our Fellows worked on:

Performance Measurement
Dan Kitson helped UP Education Network in Boston achieve its impact measurement goals by supporting the implementation of its new performance evaluation system.

Program Outreach & Community Awareness
Tenzin Kunsal helped Pollen in the Twin Cities enhance their outreach and awareness capacity by creating a process for partnership development and building a system for Pollen’s research and editorial work.

Volunteer Engagement
Joelle Hughley helped YMCA in the Twin Cities build their volunteer engagement strategy by understanding how to optimize volunteer impact through data collection assessment, process improvement analysis, and producing volunteer recruitment materials.

Technology Effectiveness
Ben Vincent helped Boston based Thrive in 5 improve their technology effectiveness by enhancing their membership card system, creating more engage opportunities between community partners and vulnerable families in need of youth educational success support.

Program Management & Operations

Phoebe Marcus helped Year Up in Chicago improve program operations by planning and implementing strategic initiatives related to site efficiency and staff engagement, enabling Year Up Chicago to successfully expand its programs and services.

Program Development & Delivery
Casey Anderson helped SamaUSA in San Francisco strengthen program development by building out their e-training curriculum and leveraging technology to increase the effectiveness of curriculum delivery.

Community Assessment
Grace Peter helped Green Light Fund in San Francisco build capacity for community assessment by conducting in-depth research on a small portfolio of potential organizations, and providing recommendations for selection.

 

*Candidates who have already secured an internship for the summer may still participate, but will not receive a stipend from New Sector. As part of the application process, candidates must submit this form to indicate their acceptance into an internship. Qualifying internships must be with a social impact organization and contain a project component that creates, expands, or improves services for that organization. These internships can be paid or unpaid.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Interview Questions

  • What do you look for in candidates?
    • In general, we look for candidates with a diverse range of academic, professional, and life experiences, to build well­-matched and mutually­ supportive cohorts. Each of the early career professionals in our programs demonstrates commitment, focus, interest in professional development, interpersonal skills, professional achievement, leadership experience, and career goals aligned with our focus on changing lives, organizations, and the world. Our participants have backgrounds in everything from business to political science, biology to psychology, and beyond.
    • More specifically, we look for candidates who have relevant experiences and qualifications that match our partner organizations’ (host sites’) job requirements for each Summer fellowship role. See partner organization job descriptions for details.
  • Can I still apply if it is past the deadline?
    • Yes, we review applications until all cohorts are full.
  • I have more than five years of postgraduate experience, can I still apply?
    • Yes, you are welcome to apply. While our programs are tailored for individuals with fewer than five years of post­ college work experience, we have had candidates that have more experience that are still an ideal fit for the program.
  • Are interviews case-­based as they are at many consulting firms?
    • Not usually. New Sector interviews ask candidates to thoughtfully reflect on their skills, interests, and past experiences. We also ask candidates to consider opportunities and challenges they have encountered and to clearly describe these in an organized, coherent manner.
    • Host sites hiring for specific consulting-type or analytical roles may use cases as part of their interview process. If invited to interview with a host site for a role of this nature, please feel free to professionally ask the hiring manager what to expect in the interview process.
  • What is asked of the references I listed in my application?
    • References receive an electronic form asking for general feedback on the applicant. They are asked to rate skill areas such as communication and professionalism.

Training, Mentorship, Learning Team, and Support Questions

  • What do we learn in the training sessions?
    • Fellows participate in New Sector’s Social Impact Leadership Curriculum, which is designed to (1) increase their ability to make a significant impact on their host sites, (2) provide professional development, (3) foster networking, peer learning, and support, and (4) inspire commitment to a lifetime of impact through exposure to role models, diverse career paths, and concepts of leadership.
  • Who are mentors and what do they do?
    • Each Fellow is matched with a mentor who provides support throughout the program. Mentors are typically consulting, business, and nonprofit professionals. Mentors are a great resource for feedback on deliverables, thought partnership on finalizing a workplan, instruction in technical skills such as Excel or PowerPoint, or general career advice and professional development. Discussions typically take place in­ person or via phone or email.
  • Can I choose my mentor?
    • Program staff match each Fellow with a mentor based on survey answers about goals and desired characteristics.
  • What are learning teams?
    • New Sector believes the strength of our programs rests in our Fellows. Cohorts are designed to build upon one another’s skills and experiences, and colleagues support and challenge one another throughout the program. To enable the cohort model to flourish, Fellows participate in bi-weekly learning team meeting of small groups of Fellows. These meetings provide a support network and a more intimate forum for sharing knowledge, ideas, success, and challenges.
  • What is New Sector’s commitment to diversity?
    • Our cohorts reflect diversity of identity and experience in order to (1) facilitate meaningful learning, (2) reflect the needs of the populations we serve, and (3) support the development of a diverse mission-driven talent pipeline.

Host Site and Placement Questions

  • What type of host sites does New Sector work with? New Sector partners with mission-driven organizations that focus on a variety of issues, including:
    • Advancing human potential
    • Alleviating poverty
    • Closing the achievement gap
    • Engaging in environmental issues
    • Working toward healthier futures
    • Supporting veterans affairs
  • What are some typical Fellow job placements? Roles are dependent on the needs of our partner organizations and vary from year-to-year. Some common past roles include:
    • Data and Analysis – Fellows complete research and analysis, data collection and management, and modeling and forecasting
    • Development/Fundraising – Fellows contribute to planning or executing fundraising initiatives, leaving templates or tools for future use
    • Marketing and Communications – Fellows support marketing and communications initiatives, including writing, editing, and social media
    • Performance Measurement – Fellows enable stronger, result-based programs and services by developing measurement tools and/or feedback processes
    • Product, Program, or Service Development – Fellows design and/or pilot new products, programs, or services
    • Strategy and Planning – Fellows support organizational planning, team strategy development and implementation, and change management efforts
    • Technology Effectiveness – Fellows support service delivery by researching, recommending, and/or project managing the implementation of technology systems

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Our application process is highly competitive and typically has multiple steps:

  • Online application
  • Interview with New Sector alum
  • Interview with New Sector staff
  • Interview(s) with New Sector partner organization(s) (host site)
  • Reference checks

 

Online Application

Our online application asks for:

  1. Demographic information and program preferences
  2. Upload of written materials (resume, cover letter, answers to three short essay questions) in PDF or Word formats
  3. Contact information for two professional or academic references (no friends or family please)

 

Writing Sample

In addition to preparing a resume and cover letter, we ask you to submit answers to three short essay questions. Please answer the three following questions in 300 words per question or less (900 words total), and include all three answers in a single document and upload using the button on the application.

  1. Please tell us why you are committed to mission-driven work and how the New Sector program would enhance that commitment.
  2. Please tell us about an accomplishment of which you are particularly proud.
  3. In addition to each Fellow learning from the New Sector experience, we know that each Fellow also adds to the professional development of his/her colleagues in the cohort. Please tell us about the role you would play in supporting peer learning within your cohort. Fellows’ impact on their peers’ learning often stems from their unique experiences, backgrounds, personalities, and perspectives.

While you can save your progress in the online application, we recommend you prepare your written materials offline before starting the application.

 

Qualifications and Eligibility

  • Demonstrated commitment to mission-driven work
  • High level of self-motivation and academic, extracurricular, professional, and/or personal accomplishment
  • Core leadership attributes, including: resourcefulness, responsibility, independence, patience, integrity, energy, and a strong work ethic
  • Adaptability in the face of change and resource constraints
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the capacity to understand the needs of multiple and diverse stakeholders, build strong host site relationships, and work effectively individually and as part of a team
  • Excellent project management, analytical, and/or research skills
  • Ability to approach challenges in a structured manner by setting goals, devising a plan to achieve those goals, and meeting those goals in a timely manner
  • Clear commitment to growth and focus on professional development goals

 

Release of Information

To facilitate Fellow selection and matching, New Sector may share candidates’ resumes and other application materials with potential host sites, mentors, and others involved in the interview and matching process. If candidates have any questions or concerns about this, please contact usPlease no calls.

New Sector Alliance actively seeks to build fellowship programs enrolling individuals with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, representing a diversity of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, secular preference, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, and ancestry. Further, we encourage individuals with disabilities to apply to the program; New Sector can provide reasonable accommodations for those individuals upon request. For additional assistance please contact us.

Qualifications and Eligibility

  • Summer Fellows have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies (or have graduated with their undergraduate degree); Senior Fellows must have an undergraduate degree, 2+ years of full-time post-college work experience, and be enrolled in a graduate degree program and have completed at least one year of graduate studies
  • Senior Fellows must be eligible to work as employees in the United States and for New Sector; Summer Fellows must be eligible to work as contractors for New Sector
  • Demonstrated commitment to social impact
  • High level of self-motivation and academic, extracurricular, professional, and/or personal accomplishment
  • Core leadership attributes, including: resourcefulness, responsibility, independence, patience, integrity, energy, and a strong work ethic
  • Adaptability in the face of change and resource constraints
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the capacity to understand the needs of multiple and diverse stakeholders, build strong host site relationships, and work effectively individually and as part of a team
  • Excellent project management, analytical, and/or research skills
  • Ability to approach challenges in a structured manner by setting goals, devising a plan to achieve those goals, and meeting those goals in a timely manner
  • Clear commitment to growth and focus on professional development goals

Release of Information

To facilitate Fellow selection and matching, New Sector may share candidates’ resumes and other application materials with potential host sites, mentors, and others involved in the interview and matching process. If candidates have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us. Please no calls.

New Sector Alliance actively seeks to build fellowship programs enrolling individuals with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, representing a diversity of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, secular preference, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, and ancestry. Further, we encourage individuals with disabilities to apply to the program; New Sector can provide reasonable accommodations for those individuals upon request. For additional assistance please contact us.