This week, the 2011 class of The Columbus Foundation Summer Fellows began their work at 11 nonprofit organizations here in Columbus! Preparations that began in the fall of 2010 culminated with their orientation on Monday, June 13 here at the Foundation. We kicked off the summer by sharing scones, personal history, future goals, and caffeinated beverages.
The selection process began with a competitive application process; the field was narrowed by a selection committee, and was followed by two candidates interviewing at each host organization. At these interviews, the students earned their position as a Columbus Foundation Summer Fellow. Each Fellow brings a range experience in life and education and is working their way through a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. They will work a full-time schedule, attend learning sessions here at the Foundation, and be invited to engage in community activities.
This is a unique opportunity for these university students to be members of the central Ohio community. Whether at The National Center for Adoption Law and Policy at Capital University, Grange Insurance Audubon Center, or the Columbus Museum of Art, each one will learn, not only from their supervisors and other staff members at these organizations, but also from the participants in each program. Although each one has achieved a great deal of success through education, the experiences and soft skills they gain will prove invaluable in any job they undertake and offer them a deeper knowledge of their potential in central Ohio.
Visit this blog to follow each Fellow and the work they will do at their host organization; learn about their project and how, in just one summer, each one can make an impact in our community.