Students are selected for Service Corps participation during the School’s merit aid allocation process, selection is based on expressed interest via the application, undergraduate academic record, personal statement, and résumé. The Service Corps program enables the School to extend its limited financial resources to its incoming student pool.
The Service Corps Program is comprised of three primary components:
- Placement at local agency or organization: Fellows work 12 hours a week at their placement in the community. Samples of work projects include: fund development and grant writing, risk management planning, benefit cost analysis, volunteer coordination, GIS mapping, policy analysis and research, and project management and evaluation.
- Professional development seminar: Fellows attend three professional development seminars per semester. The seminars are designed to reflect the professional interest of the Fellows. Past seminar topics include: strategic planning, grant writing, consulting, salary and benefits negotiation, public relations and the media, and effective résumés and cover letters.
- Community service project: Each semester, Fellows contribute to local initiatives by participating in various service projects. Past projects include: The Monroe County Red Cross Book Fair, Homeward Bound Walk, SPEA’s Spring Auction and Gala, and nature trails reconstruction with Sycamore Land Trust.