The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation seeks to inform and maximize the impact of grantmaking foundations, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and public-private partnerships through leadership development initiatives, convenings, and communications so that each can contribute to the good society at home and abroad.
Activities: In his/her/their internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for PSI’s leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings.
Requirements: Candidates for this fellowship are highly motivated graduate or undergraduate students from communities of color. Candidates must be enrolled at an institution of higher education for the semester for which they will be applying. Summer candidates must show proof of enrollment for the upcoming fall semester. Each candidate should have an excellent academic record and have the following:
- Demonstrated interest or experience in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and the social sector;
- Excellent research and writing skills;
- Demonstrated financial need; and
- U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency. Students approved for participation in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are eligible to apply.
To apply, you will need to submit a current resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation from a professor or supervisor can be included with your application, or sent separately.
Fall and Winter/Spring fellows will work part-time (15-20 hours per week) and Summer fellows will be approximately 25 hours per week. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.
Fellowship Compensation: Fellows will be compensated on an hourly basis in the fall, spring and summer.
- Application Deadline: First week in April each year
- Fellowship Timeframe: May-August each year
- Apply By
- Jun 6, 2022