Community Development Fellowship Program
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The Community Development Fellowship Program—housed in the Schaefer Center for Public Policy—gives dynamic, motivated students who have a strong interest in effecting positive change in urban areas the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain hands-on development experience. By matching students with organizations that directly support Baltimore neighborhoods, this grant-funded fellowship program aims to improve the city while cultivating the next generation of community development leaders.
How does the program work?
Fellows are matched with a community-based organization in the city, such as the Baltimore Main Streets program or a public-private partnership dedicated to economic or community-development work. Specific projects are determined by the host sites based on organizational needs but may include community outreach, special events and other daily work that aligns with fellows’ abilities and goals. Fellows work anywhere from 10 to 20 hours per week and earn $15.00 per hour. Fellowships are awarded on a semester basis and are 15 weeks in length.
Upon approval of their academic program director, fellows may be able to earn course credit for the semester-long internship.
How do students qualify for participation?
- are current juniors, seniors or graduate students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or better)
- are enrolled at least part-time (6 credits per semester for graduate students and 9 credits per semester for undergraduate students)
- are available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week at the host organization
- have a strong interest in community development and creating positive change in urban areas
- have community development experience and/or knowledge of Baltimore’s neighborhoods
- are able to work independently and take initiative.
How do students apply for the fellowship?
Community Development Fellowship Program student applications are accepted online.
Students are required to upload the following documents in their application:
- cover letter
- unofficial transcript.
How do organizations apply to be a host site?
Community Development Fellowship Program host site applications are accepted online.
Host sites are required to provide the following information as part of their application:
- prospective fellows’ job responsibilities and
- desired skills or special qualifications.
If you have questions or need additional information, please email the Community Development Fellows Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hiba Jamil, B.S. '19
Host Site: Hamilton-Lauraville Healthy Neighborhoods Association
"Working with the Hamilton-Lauraville Healthy Neighborhoods Association has shown me the significance of community and civic engagement. I've been helping to establish block projects, which has taught me how to get the neighbors involved in the community in a positive and effective way."
Jordan Barry, M.P.A. '16
Host Site: Belair-Edison Neighborhoods
"Working alongside individuals committed to the health and wellness of Baltimore's working class has been an invigorating experience. Additionally, I've been able to improve my grant-writing skills, which is an essential skill for prospective public administrators."
Ashley Wallington, B.S. '17, M.P.A. student
Host Site: Baltimore Main Streets
"After completing a fellowship with Bon Secours Health System, then serving as a Community Development Fellow with Baltimore Main Streets, I am excited to say I have been offered a position with Bon Secours and I am so eager to start! I think my new position is definitely going to bring about some important change in West Baltimore. My various fellowships at UBalt have prepared me well to tackle such challenges!”
The Community Development Fellowship Program was recognized for its contributions to Baltimore Main Streets.