Presidential Fellows

 

Hendrix Presidential Fellows 

As graduating seniors, we know that many you are pursuing “gap year” experiences where you hope to find meaningful, but short-term employment, before pursuing graduate or professional school.  Programs like Teach for America, Americorp, and City Year are capitalizing on some of our best talent to staff important service programs across the country.  We are confident that entry-level staff positions at Hendrix could benefit from similar energy, campus knowledge, and leadership experience to contribute to our campus priorities.  Furthermore, we believe that we can create a post-baccalaureate Odyssey experience that further enhance a student’s leadership and professional development through full-time employment with the College or within the local community.

The Fellowship Experience:   

Graduates are placed with a sponsoring office for two years to gain valuable work experience, exposure to key campus and community leaders, quality conversation and the possibility of competitive summer professional development funds.  These Fellowships are 10 month appointments, for two years with quality performance.

  • Each graduate is assigned a quality mentor/supervisor to work closely with him/her within the office environment.  Regular reflection on professional growth and development is expected.  Performance evaluations will be conducted throughout your Fellowship.   
  • Fellowship Dinners:  All fellows will meet monthly to participate in professional development workshops and discuss their professional plans.  Workshop sessions will include a topic selected by the speaker or the group.   
  • Summer Professional Development stipend:  Each Fellow is eligible to compete for funding up to $1000 for summer professional development opportunities that support his/her future life goals.
  • Fellowship Stipend:  $23,000/year plus College benefits

In 2011-2012, we will launch the inaugural class of Hendrix Presidential Fellows in seven positions across campus.  These positions are sponsored by:

  • Career Services
  • Crain-Malin Center of Jewish Culture
  • Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling
  • The Murphy Program in Language and Literature
  • The Village at Hendrix
  • Wellness and Athletics – Outdoor Recreation

Application Process for 2011-2013 Positions

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to the Fellow sponsor listed on the position description below by April 1.  Candidates will be selected for interviews by April 8.  Hiring decisions will be made by April 11.  Prior to an offer being extended, candidates will be screened for judicial or academic integrity violations.

  Can someone advise me on creating my cover letter and resume? 

Yes!  Career Services will offer a workshop specifically for this Fellowship Program on Monday, March 28, 3:30-5:00pm, SLTC Campbell dining room.  You are also always free to talk with career services staff on Walk-In Wednesday, March 30.   

When will the position begin? 

Most positions will begin August 1, 2011; however, further details will be provided by the Fellow sponsor.    

Will housing be provided?  

No.  Fellows are free to make their own local housing arrangements.

Can the position be extended to 12 months?   

Yes, but the fellowship stipend is a fixed stipend.  The assumption is that 12 month fellows may have more administrative responsibilities throughout the year than a 10 month programming oriented fellow.

Can a Hendrix graduate from a year ago or more apply?   

Yes, but priority will be given to current seniors.

Can non-Hendrix alumni apply?   

Hendrix alumni will be given priority for these fellowships.  If an outstanding Hendrix graduate is not available, then non-Hendrix alumni may be considered.                     

Can a Fellow serve for only one year?   

Only at the discretion of the supervising office.  We believe that a quality work experience requires a two-year commitment to be of most value to the student and the College sponsor.

Can a Fellow serve for more than two years?   

Our goal is to provide “gap year” opportunities for recent graduates so extending beyond two years is not possible.  Furthermore, departments may vary on the renewal of their fellowship projects.