The Levitt Center supports students, faculty, and staff who aspire to understand and address pressing local, national, and international challenges. These persistent and complicated challenges require a deep understanding of the issues, specialized and interdisciplinary knowledge, wide-ranging skill sets, and sophisticated leadership capacities. The Levitt Center’s programs recognize this complexity and encourage students to deepen their knowledge and hone their skills to better understand and tackle these difficult challenges. The programs listed below are open to students from every department and class year.
Please note, that the Center has significantly changed many programs due to COVID-19. More information can be found on each program page below.
Winter Break Research Opportunities
The Levitt Center is pleased to announce a new Winter Break Research program. This fellowship provides funding for Hamilton students who in collaboration with a faculty member wish to spend the College's winter break engaged in public scholarship that leads to a deeper understanding of complex social challenges. Applications are due Sunday, November 8, 2020.
Summer Levitt Research Fellows Program (students)
The Levitt Research Fellows Program is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who wish to spend the summer researching a public affairs question of their own choosing. Summer Research Fellows collaborate closely with a faculty advisor, work on a full-time basis for 10 weeks, submit a 25-page paper or equivalent faculty-approved project, and publicly present their work in the fall. Learn More ...
Levitt Center Speaker Series and Lunch Discussions
The Levitt Center Speaker Series and Lunch Discussions features many speakers with substantial academic and policy experience, and is an invaluable asset in helping students makes the connection between the classroom and policies enacted in the real world.
Law and Justice Lab
Formally started in 2020-21, The Law and Justice Lab Program seeks to pair the theoretical study of the legal system with the practical application of these concepts to dynamic, real world issues. Learn More
The Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI)
The LLI is a one to two-week intensive leadership training program promoting transformational leadership practices and social action. LLI’s mission is to help students recognize, develop and practice the kinds of leadership skills that are essential for creating personal and societal change. Applications for LLI are open in the fall. Week One of the Institute takes place on campus during winter break. Week Two, which is optional, takes place in Washington, D.C., during the first week of spring break. Students who wish to go to D.C. will take College 340. Combined with Weeks 1 and 2 of LLI, this course is worth a full credit. Learn More ...
The Highlander Leadership Program
The Highlander Leadership Program brings together students, faculty, and staff from Hamilton College and comparable institutions to develop organizing strategies to create diverse, safe, and just campuses. This course includes a required field study at the Highlander Center in Tennessee, during the second week of spring break. Note: During 2021, this course will not require the Highlander Field Study.
Leadership Experience and Preparation (LEAP)
Note: LEAP will not be taught in the spring of 2021. LEAP is a 1/4 credit leadership course for first-year students led by peer co-directors, LEAP alumni, and faculty guest speakers. In-class speakers, discussions, and workshops address leadership in the context of morality, power, popular culture, politics, and the self. Learn More ...
Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty Internship
Hamilton College is a member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty affording Hamilton students the opportunity to apply for high quality summer internships around the country in anti-poverty organizations. Housing, travel and food expenses are covered. Eligible participants may also apply for an $1000 educational award. Applications are available during the fall term.
Levitt Public Service Internship
Levitt Public Service Internship Awards provide funding for students who have secured an unpaid summer internship that focuses on some aspect of public service. Preference is given to students working with a government agency, a non-profit, or a non-governmental organization. Learn More ...
Electoral Politics Internship
The Levitt Center also supports Electoral Politics Interns who work on local or national election campaigns while registered for specific Government Department courses.
Project SHINE provides students with an eye-opening opportunity to volunteer for two hours a week over the course of a term to tutor Utica’s large and diverse refugee population in ESOL and Citizenship courses. Students may participate through a course that offers Project SHINE. The Levitt Center provides transportation, orientation, and other support for student and faculty participants. Learn More ...
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
The VITA program prepares Hamilton students to provide free tax help to low to moderate income families who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Students are certified as volunteer tax preparers through the IRS and each spends 15 hours filing taxes at VITA sites. Students may participate either through a course that offers VITA or as a volunteer. The Levitt Center provides transportation, orientation, and other support for student and faculty participants. To participate, sign up for Econ 235 in the spring term. Learn More ...
Social Innovation Fellows Program
The Social Innovation Fellows Program prepares and supports students who aim to use innovative approaches to address persistent social problems. The program begins with a week long workshop during winter break facilitated by Anke Wessels and modeled after an award-winning course she teaches at Cornell University. Select projects receive funding and mentoring support.
Social Innovation Workshops and Conferences
The Center also organizes social innovation workshops and conferences; and brings in social innovators and entrepreneurs as Innovators-in-Residence to help students develop ideas and projects that seek to address a long-standing social problem in innovative and creative ways.