Centre Education Fellowship

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Eligibility

Any students of all majors and minors interested in getting involved in an internship, project or research related to the field of education (private or public; primary or secondary) and who has a minimum GPA of 2.8 is eligible to apply for the Centre Education Fellows program.

Experiences can extend beyond the classroom and may include summer and after-school program development, student enrichment programs, curriculum development, research proposals, education policy, and more.

Preference is given to students whose projects emphasize underserved populations, such as inner cities or Appalachia; Title I/at-risk schools; cities/counties surrounding Centre College; Kentucky; or international collaboration that has the ability to influence and inform local/U.S. education. Preference is also given to students who have researched a community need and are proposing a project to fill that need

If accepted, Centre College will grant up to $750 toward a CentreTerm internship and up to $2,000 toward a summer internship (for CIP) or up to $4,000 toward a summer internship (PCIF) minus taxes. (Students may not receive more than $5000 combined–internship salary plus CIP/PCIF award–for their summer experiences.)

Summer Internships

Students can apply for up to $5000 per summer per student. (Group proposals will be accepted.) All rising sophomores, juniors and seniors planning to complete an education-related internship, project or research project are encouraged to apply. Awards are intended to help offset costs you will accrue, but you may be able to budget up to $1500 for a stipend beyond travel, cost of living and supplies. (The stipend and any budget items not prepaid by the student or Internship Coordinator are subject to federal and state taxes.) (Students may not receive more than $5000 combined–internship salary plus Centre award–for their summer experiences.)

CentreTerm Internships

Students can apply for up to $2000 per CentreTerm per student. All juniors and seniors planning to complete an education-related internship are encouraged to apply. Students MUST receive academic credit for their internship experience during this term. Awards are intended to help offset costs you will accrue, but you may be able to budget a small amount for a stipend beyond travel, cost of living, and supplies. (The stipend and any budget items not prepaid by the student or Internship Coordinator are subject to federal and state taxes.)

How to Apply

To apply, students must submit one copy of the following documents to Career Services by November 15 (CentreTerm) or April 2nd (summer).

1)If you are participating in an internship:
Application Form
Non-Credit Internship Contract  or For-Credit Internship Contract. Please be sure to include at least one objective that is related to education.
Essay (see below)
Resume
Expense Budget

2)If you are proposing an individual/group* project:
Application Form
1-2 Page Narrative (see below)
Statement of Responsibility
Essay (see below)
Resume
Expense Budget

*Group proposals will be accepted. Each student will need to complete a separate internship contract (if applicable), Statement of Responsibility, essay, resume and expense budge. The narrative and letter from the Lead Researcher (if applicable) can be shared. Please submit group projects as one proposal.

3)If you are participating in an individual/group research project:
Application Form
1-2 Page Narrative (see below)
Statement of Responsibility
Essay (see below)
Resume
Expense Budget
Letter from Lead Researcher (if applicable) explaining your involvement in the project.

Essay Requirements (for internships)

• A statement explaining the relevance of the proposed internship to the career interest of the student.
• A description of the steps the student has taken to explore this career field as a potential future career for the student. (i.e. career research, coursework, shadowing, networking, summer jobs, relevant activities, etc.)
• The connection to the education aspect of your project must be made explicitly in your essay.

Narrative Requirements (for research projects)

• A detailed explanation of your proposed project/research and with which community organization(s) you are working.
• How your proposed project/research will benefit the community in which you are working and how it can be sustained after you are finished with the project/research. Please also explain how you established the community’s need.
• Is this a group project with other Centre students? If so, explain who is involved and which components of the project will be assigned to each group member.

Budget Requirements

1) Accurate figures for food, housing, travel, etc.
Meal expenses cannot exceed more than $50 per week.
Mileage should be calculated at .45¢/mile.

2) Estimated figures for materials needed for your project. You may budget up to a maximum of $1000 for materials, and you must include a detailed list.

3) Income from other sources (salary, Bonner award, Shepherd Consortium, external scholarships, etc.)

4) If including a stipend for yourself beyond your budgetary needs, it must not exceed $1500.

Post internship/research project Requirements

• A 15-minute presentation to interested parties when you return to campus.
• A two-page reflection paper that discusses your project, what you learned, and what you contributed to the organization you worked with. If possible, this paper should include at least one digital photograph representing your time on the project.
• An evaluation of your project and organization as well as a description of what the next steps of the project could be (if left unfinished).

If you have questions about stipends or the stipend application process, please contact your career counselor.

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