Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Philly Fellows

Calling all graduating communications students! I've recently become aware of the fellowship program Philly Fellows that pays for students to work at local nonprofits for a year after graduation. This program is an awesome alternative to full time employment in such a tough job market. Philly Fellows aims to provide graduates with a transitional year of service that will allow them to grow professionally before joining the job hunt.

Philly Fellows offers graduates nonprofit experience in the communications field, free housing and health benefits, loan forbearance, a monthly travel stipend of $60 as well as an annual stipend of $11,725. It also offers its fellows a $5,350 education award upon completion of the program. Fellows are given the opportunity to participate in leadership and nonprofit training and will be exposed to invaluable networking opportunities.

Fellows are given their pick of 20-25 nonprofits to work for including the American Red Cross, Philabundance, the Fleisher Art Memorial and Project H.O.M.E. among others. The following is a job description for a position with the Fairmount CDC:
Fairmount CDC, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
The public relations and communications specialist will provide support to the Executive Director by coordinating a range of public relations projects and programs.

I know as a May graduate in this economy I'm not writing off any opportunities. I think Philly Fellows can be a great option for many 2010 college communications grads. For more information check out

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