Q: When does the fellowship begin and end?
The fellowship does not have a fixed start and end date; you need to complete 8 weeks of work in the summer (for 30 hours per week). Fellows can move into summer housing on or after Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10:00AM. Summer housing ends on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 5:00PM. Please note: additional housing costs will apply for interim or extended housing.
Q: What type of projects and positions do Van Amson Fellows pursue? Do they have to pursue service work related to their service internships?
Van Amson Fellows pursue a variety of work both in the nonprofit sector and in higher education. Fellows have developed projects in the areas of education, administration, social work, law, policy, and program and events management. See our past Fellows profile section for more detailed information.
Q: Is previous volunteer experience with Community Impact required? Is previous internship experience required?
No. However, there is a requirement that you must secure a committment for a future internship.
Q: Are there any restrictions, such as religious affiliations, on the nonprofit organization where I intern?
There are no restrictions as to affiliation; however, the internship must be full-time and unpaid.
Q: I have secured an internship with an international nonprofit organization. They also have an office in New York City, which is where I will would intern this summer. Is this internship eligible for the Fellowship?
Yes. The Selection Committee will evaluate these proposals on a case-by-case basis. In other words, we suggest you apply!
Q: What privileges and responsibilities are associated with the Fellowship?
There are a number of privileges and responsibilities that come with being a Van Amson Fellow, including being honored at a ceremony, featured in Community Impact publications, and opportunities for private consultation with Community Impact alumni and staff. Fellows are also responsible for fulfilling all the requirements of the fellowship, including attending all organizational events, writing a final essay, submitting an evaluation, and speaking at special CI events.
Q: Will I be a good candidate for this fellowship if I have secured multiple, short-term internships that total the 8-week, 30 hour-per-week requirement?
In order to qualify for the Van Amson Fellowship, you must have secured ONE full-time internship that lasts for a minimum of 8 weeks for the specified 30 hours per week.
Q: I am working on a project proposal with a couple of other undergraduates. Is the GVA Fellowship awarded for projects in addition to individuals? Are we each eligible to apply for the same project?
The Fellowship is awarded to individual students, not for projects to be undertaken by multiple students. While we evaluate applications on a case-by-case basis solely on the merits of each proposal, it is very unlikely that multiple applicants would be selected for any single project. We receive many wonderful, social justice-oriented proposals, and the Fellowship simply doesn't have the capacity to accommodate them all; we believe it is preferable to "spread the wealth."
Q: Are letters of recommendations required?
Letters of recommendation are not required; however, professional and academic references are. Please provide the names and contact information for two professional and/or academic references. A member of the selection committee will contact the reference before official fellowship selection.
Q: If I am not in need of the sponsored housing during the summer, does that mean I will get more of the stipend? (Please note housing is not guaranteed and CI will notify applicants if housing is offered)
The fellowship stipend is a fixed amount and therefore you will not receive additional funds if you do not utilize the sponsored housing. Please note there is a fee for the campus housing if you move in before the official move date or extend the move out date.
Q: What if I have not secured my internship or my employer has not submitted the Employer Verification Form by the due date?
Only applicants who have secured an internship and submitted the Employer Verification form will be eligible for selection. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are submitted by the due date. Please note on the application there are separate deadlines listed for supporting verification forms.
Q: Are current seniors (graduating this spring) eligible for the GVA Fellowship for the upcoming summer?
Unfortunately, no. Current seniors who will graduate this spring are not eligible for the GVA Fellowship for the upcoming summer. While we'd like to offer more Fellowships at some point in the future, the Fellowship program currently serves ongoing undergraduate students.
Q: How can I ask more specific questions?
Please email Sonia Reese, Executive Director of Community Impact, at SK19@columbia.edu