The U.S. Fund for UNICEF announces a call for applications for the first class of UNICEF Global Citizenship Fellows, an unprecedented new fellowship program that will unite and empower American youth and volunteers in service on behalf of UNICEF.
The Fund will deploy eight Global Citizenship Fellows throughout the U.S. to serve as grassroots spokespersons for children and bring together networks of faith-based communities, schools, universities, volunteers, advocates, elected leaders and other Americans to unite in service of children around the world.
The Global Citizenship Fund was inspired by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s commitment to create a U.S.-based social movement in support of UNICEF’s work for the world’s children. Through U.S. Fund signature initiatives, like Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and the UNICEF Tap Project, the Fellows will establish UNICEF’s domestic imprint and work to exemplify the concepts of “global citizen” and “community mobilizer.”
In January 2012, the eight Fellows will take on their unique roles as catalysts for positive change and will begin to affect transformational change for children around the world. The fellowship is a highly-competitive, full- time, 13 month program that prepares diverse, committed, and globally-minded individuals for effective leadership in public service.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is currently recruiting the most outstanding recent college or graduate school graduates from across the nation to make up the first class of Global Citizenship Fellows, who will be placed in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
Interested applicants are invited to apply online at http://www.unicefusa.org/about/jobs/. Under Current Vacancies, please select Fellowship as the Employment Type and apply for the city of your choice.
Applications are being accepted until Friday, November 11, 2011. Get your application in now!
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Each year, 250 graduate students in medicine, nursing, public health and social work spend one year working with underserved communities as part of the prestigious U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program. The program was set up in honor of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize.
Each Fellow works with an academic and community based mentor to design and execute a service project, and the Fellows spends at least 100 hours of the year in direct contact with clients.
Bethany Blanchard, a Boston University graduate student, won a 2011 Schweitzer Fellow to launch an art instruction program for residents of Irving B. Matross Covenant House, to help promote cross-cultural interaction among older adults who are at risk for social isolation due to cultural and language barriers.
“Again and again as a nurse assistant, I witnessed the depression and frustration that older adults often experience when they no longer participate in activities that they value” says Blanchard. “I hope that the end result of my project is a community of artists and art enthusiasts that continues to meet together long after my year as a Schweitzer Fellow concludes.” Read more.
Fellowships are available in Baltimore, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Philadelphia, Houston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New Orleans and the states of New Hampshire, Vermont, North Carolina, and Indiana.
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Our step-by-step guide for a competitive fellowship application
1. Create a plan
2. Project proposal ideas
3. Talk to current / former fellows
4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
9. Get great recommendation letters (P2)
10. Nail the individual and group interviews