Messing Family Public Service Fellowship
The Messing Family Public Service Fellowship provides funding for students to pursue internships in public education that advance students' understanding of public education in the U.S. and their own interest and career possibilities in education. The Fellowship is a collaboration between the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Center for Careers and Life After Brown, and the Education Department, and was established through the generosity of Brett S. Messing '86 and Marla B. Messing.
Anticipating strong demand for this award, students will be eligible to receive this award once (1 one-semester award or 2 sequential semester awards for a full academic year internship) during their four years at Brown. Students cannot receive any other Brown University funding (BIAP, LINK, SEW, UTRA, fellowship, etc.) or academic credit for the same opportunity. This award would also count toward the maximum of one BIAP/LINK award during a student’s four years at Brown.
- Internship must focus on public education in a way that advances student's understanding of public education in the U.S. and their own interest and career possibilities in education; can involve direct work with students (though not student teaching), teachers, and administrators; and/or research, policy, or advocacy work related to public education.
- Unpaid semester internship
- Internship terms, structure, and requirements consistent with BIAP/LINK/SEW award program.
- Formal classroom teaching (such as student teaching) is not eligible, as the fellowship program does not have the staffing necessary for the level of preparation, supervision, and intervention necessary for successful teaching placements.
- The fellowship is open to all Brown undergraduates, with preference given to students on financial aid.
- Extent to which project advances core mission of host school/nonprofit organization, and potential impact of student's work.
- Extent of host organization engagement, supervision, and support of student (and confirmation of internship offer).
- Extent to which internship integrates with and advances student's personal, intellectual, and professional development in public education; student's engagement in ongoing reflection and learning opportunities preferred (to be described in student's proposal; see note on learning opportunities below).
- Student's preparedness for success in the internship (relevant past experience, training, courses, skills; commitment).
Recipients will be required to submit a brief essay at the end of the internship, outlining their work, impact, and learning.
Wherever possible, students will be expected to participate in existing relevant learning structures alongside their internship -- e.g., Swearer Center Learning Communities for students working in the public schools, education department summer methods classes and school year seminars for MAT students (on a non-credit basis), and other education courses.
The Fellowship will be launched with awards for academic year internships, in the amount of $1,500 per semester award. Up to four will be awarded in the 2012-2013 school year. One student can get 2 semester awards in one school year, to support a full-year internship.
Complete the UFUNDS application at http://apps.college.brown.edu/ufunds/. Please note, you will need to upload your resume, completed supervisor statement and organization/position descriptions.