The Levitt Public Service Internship Awards provide funding for students who have secured unpaid or minimally paid summer internships that focus on some aspect of public service. You do not need to have a secured internship in order to apply. In order to receive funding, students must procure a public service internship which may include internships in government, with non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, and other comparable organizations. Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors, and to students working in government, non-profits, and NGOs. Application deadline: March 14, 2016.
This fellowship provides funding to a graduating senior or recent graduate to develop and implement a social innovation venture that addresses persistent problems in disadvantaged communities. The project may be implemented as a nonprofit, a socially directed for-profit enterprise, a new program connected with an existing organization, or another appropriate model. National and international projects will be considered. Preference will be given to projects implemented in Oneida and Herkimer counties in New York State, and to proposals that use novel aproaches and are scalable and sustainable. The term of the fellowship is for 12 months. Award: $25,000. Application deadline: February 16, 2016.
This fellowship provides supplementary income for a graduating senior who is pursuing work in the public sector, including local government (city or county) or a local non-profit. The recipient must have secured a job in the Central New York region and plan to work with the organization for a mimimum of one year. Award: $10,000
Our social innovation initiatives introduce students to the ideation and creative problem-solving processes, and nurture creative solutions to social problems with financial and mentoring support.
Effective and ethical solutions to social issues require an ability to imagine others' experiences and to respond in meaningful, empathetic ways. Our service learning courses, public service internships, leadership, and innovation programs help students understand the needs and circumstances of others, and develop the skills needed to work successfully and ethically with them.