Summer Service Fellowship

 


The Summer Service Fellowship is an intensive, nine-week summer experience that challenges you to engage in significant community projects while receiving F11 credit. Volunteering at a nonprofit organization of your choice, you will have the opportunity to use your skills and talents to make a difference while pursuing your passions. Working full-time with community organizations will give you an insider’s view of how they operate. You will be among a group of sixteen dedicated and passionate Summer Service Fellows, participating in group programs that will help you learn more about Memphis, service, yourself, and new ways to tackle challenges you encounter. The Fellowship begins May 30 and ends July 28.

The program commitment is 40 hours each week: on average 36 hours per week are devoted to community projects and 4 hours per week are devoted to group programming. Fellows are paid $3,492 ($9.70 an hour) and campus houseing is provided in East Village. Fellows may not hold another job or attend summer school so that participants have time and energy to fully engage in the experience. 


What do you care about?

The Summer Service Fellowship is an opportunity for you to work on community issues in Memphis such as education, health care, global warming, homelessness, or other social justice issues you may be passionate about. You may already have connections with a Memphis organization or you may want to explore other local opportunities. If you have an idea or are unsure about which non-profit to approach:

  •  Contact community organizations to find out more about volunteering.

  • Set up a meeting to discuss ideas with Program Directors, Sandi George Tracy (tracy@rhodes.edu), Brittney Jackson (jacksonb@rhodes.edu) or Scott Garner (garners@rhodes.edu). You should set up times to meet with each of the non-profits that you think would be a good partner for your Summer Service Fellowship. You should prepare for these meetings as you would for a professional interview.


Eligibility:
Only current Rhodes students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic and judicial standing are eligible to apply.

Other Details:
The program commitment is 40 hours a week: on average 35 hours per week are devoted to community projects and 5 hours per week are devoted to group programming. Fellows may not hold another job or attend summer school to allow participants time and energy to fully engage in the experience. Summer Service Fellows are held to a high standard, and are expected to go above and beyond the duties of a typical intern. Fellows are expected to perform to the duties of any other full-time staff member at the organization. Fellows must provide their own transportation to community sites.


Popular Service Sites

  • BRIDGES
  • Caritas Village
  • Church Health Center
  • Girls Inc.
  • Literacy Mid-South
  • Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.
  • Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Refugee Empowerment Program
  • Shelby Farms Park

FELLOWS 2016

  • Dominique DeFreece ’18: Literacy Mid-South
  • Caryn Hawkins ’18: Memphis Area Legal Services
  • Jelly Henkelmann ’18: The American Red Cross
  • Michael McCanless ’17: Fight for $15
  • Taylor Morris ’17: Brooks Museum
  • Alex Overstreet ’17: Hope House
  • Margo Parks ’17: Memphis Area Legal Services
  • Nicole Quinones ’17: A Step Ahead Foundation
  • Alisa Redding ’18: Lichterman Nature Center
  • KK Slatten ’17: Agape
  • Caroline Taufic ’17: Grizzlies Prep
  • Conner Tipton ’17:  BRIDGES
  • John Wancowicz ’17: Christ Community Health Services
  • Danielle Wilson ’17: BRIDGES
  • Claira Winget ’17: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis
  • Maria Yousuf ’17: Shelby County Public Defender's Office

    For more information, contact Sandi George Tracy (tracy@rhodes.edu) or Scott Garner (garners@rhodes.edu)