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The New World Fellows Program 2015

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A Community Leadership Experience

I now have an extra level of development that will benefit me greatly when working with other people in a professional environment. I also know what is expected of me in such an environment and the level of responsibility that comes with it. Overall this internship has been a great success for me as it has given me the experience I will need to progress in life.
New World Fellow, 2014
2013 New World Fellows group
2013 New World Fellows group

The New World Fellows Program was established by New World Foundation COIN Program to support a partnership between the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network and Skidmore College. The Program provides stipends for fifteen high financial need Skidmore students to study social issues and policy development through community-based advocacy work.

The New World Fellows has two major, mandatory components:

Program Dates (tentative): May 29-July 31 2015

Internship Placement in NYC

  • Nine-week, full-time community-based field placement in a non-profit or government agency.
  • Past placements include the Dept. of Probation, Common Justice, New York Peace Institute, and Department of Youth and Community Development.
  • $4000 Stipend.

Roosevelt Institute Summer Academy

  • Complementary academic and leadership program connecting professional development, social policy analysis, academic and leadership training, and self-reflection that culminates in a team-based policy design project around a public policy issue specific to New York City.


Work Study Placement in Saratoga

  • 6-10 hours/week at a community-based organization.
  • Past placements include Saratoga Mentoring, Shelters of Saratoga, Latino Advocacy Program, Saratoga Plan, America Reads and Saratoga Public Library.
  • Salary equivalent to Work Study.

Social Justice Seminar – Mondays, 10:10 – 11:30 am

  • One-credit seminar with Associate Dean/Professor David Karp and Community Service Director Michelle Hubbs.
  • Study issues relevant to NYC and Saratoga placements including agency needs assessment, grant writing, and policy analysis.

The New World Fellows is a program designed to:

  • Explore how people, institutions, ideas, and resources come together to solve our greatest social challenges.
  • Connect young leaders from around the country and help them work together on reversing poverty, increasing economic development, promoting equal education, protecting the climate, and addressing other issues.
  • Create a new generation of young leaders that are active participants in their home communities.
  • Tie individual opportunity and professional development to community renewal in underserved communities.  
  • Infuse and connect government agencies and community-based organizations in underserved communities with youth so they can become identified as valued local resources.
  • Reimagine the conventional understanding of scholarship; Instead of simple career promotion, the New World Fellows Program bolsters institutional sustainability in underserved communities and serves as a catalyst for building long-term community leadership.


The Fellowship is open to full-time first year and sophomore Skidmore students with a demonstrated high financial need (estimated family contribution of less than $5,700) and in good academic standing (above a 2.00 GPA). All students who have legal status allowing for earned income in the U.S. can apply. There is a preference for students who are permanent residents of New York City, but in any case, students must live in NYC to participate. Preference will be given to first-year and sophomore students who apply.

Selection Criteria

Students will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated high financial need
  • Quality of application essay (content and writing)
  • Quality of professional resume
  • Faculty/staff recommendation

Expectations of Award Recipients

Students will represent Skidmore College by being responsible, mature professionals over the course of their summer internship experience. All students must participate in the fellowship throughout its entirety, including all Summer Academy programming, final seminar and reports, and the Fall Social Justice Seminar and Internship Placement.

Summer Academy Final Report

At the end of the summer, students will be required to submit a final report (500 words) to Skidmore College describing their responsibilities, what was learned, and how the summer experience might benefit them and their communities. These reports will become the property of the College and may be posted on its website. The Career Development Center also welcomes photos taken at the internship placement site and we encourage all interns to participate in our 2015 Photo Contest!


Each award will provide selected students with a total of $4000 for the summer. Students will be paid by Skidmore College in two equal installments in mid-June and mid-August. All expectations of the Roosevelt Institute Summer Academy and Internship Placement, including final seminar and reports, must be met prior to receiving final checks.

PLEASE NOTE: Students will be considered independent contractors and will receive a 1099 form indicating the amount of the payment early next year. A copy of the IRS Form 1099 is sent to the IRS. Students will be responsible for paying income and social security taxes on the award amount when they file their 2015 tax returns.

To Apply

Deadline to apply for the award is February 27. All students will be notified by March 13, of the status of their applications.

Students interested in applying must submit a resume and application essay by accessing their My CDC Account on The Career Development Center's website. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

1. Resume
2. Application Essay
3. Students must also have a department or faculty recommendation letter emailed to Penny Loretto, by the deadline with FACULTY RECOMMENDATION LETTER in the subject line.

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Applications will be judged by an independent Selection Committee. Applicants are encouraged to consult the Career Development Center's Resume & Cover Letter Guide for assistance in preparation of resume (sample resumes included). Career Coaches offer daily drop-in hours in the Career Development Center to critique resumes. Skidmore's Writing Center is available to assist you with your essay.

Career Coaches (Spring 2015) – Resume & Cover Letter Critiques
E-Resumes –

  • CDC Drop-Ins: Monday – Friday, 12 – 4 PM
  • OP Office Drop-Ins: Tuesdays, 8 – 10 PM
  • Evening Drop-Ins: Library Room 128A
    • Sundays, 5 – 10 PM
    • Mondays & Tuesdays, 8 – 10 PM