Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship (February 25, 2016)


Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship

Overview- the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship is a three year program that provides summer internships, mentoring, community and growth to promising undergraduate students from 12 New York City partner institutions.

Program Features- At the heart of the program are three summer internships with leading non-profit, for-profit and government organizations, culminating in a third internship in another culture. Fellows experience the expectations and challenges of professional-level work while expanding their personal, cultural and professional horizons. The stipend is $5,000 for the first summer, $6,000 for each of the second and third summers. Internships are reinforced with activities that personalize the experience, build skills, and create community.

  1. Journals- Paired with a thoughtful, experienced reader, fellows engage in an ongoing dialog during the summer to help them process the internship experience and their career direction.
  2. Cultural Events- An integral backdrop to the Watson summer, the staff curates a series of cultural events across the boroughs, broadening fellows’ knowledge of New York City and inspiring them to explore it further.
  3. Summer Seminars- Staff and leaders from NYC and across the United States tailor seminars that help fellows understand the world of work, interplay of sectors and fields, and imagine themselves in a larger landscape. Past seminars have included leading social entrepreneurs, journalists, and government officials.
  4. New Ventures- Working in teams, second year fellows identify a need, then conceive and test concepts to solve it. Solutions may be new services, products or program initiatives. The New Ventures project teaches a repeatable process for approaching needs and opportunities of any size.

Am I Eligible?

  • You must be a second semester freshman or sophomore
  • You must be nominated by an advisor from one of the 12 New York City partner institutions (John Jay is on the list. Please click here to contact the school advisor listed. )
  • intend to or be majoring in a liberal arts discipline*
  • have at least four semesters of full-time academic work remaining
  • be an American citizen or green card holder (not on an international visa)
  • be no older than 21 years old

*Some exceptions apply. Please contact your Watson campus advisor for complete program details.

Application Process

  • Ensure eligibility
  • Meet with your campus advisor
  • Complete the application including:
    • Two Short Essays
    • Two Long Essays
    • Two Recommendations
    • Resume
    • Transcript
  • Complete the campus selection process

Selection Criteria- qualities sought in the selection of fellows include:

  • Leadership
  • Academic record
  • Curiosity
  • Communication skills
  • Integrity and self-discipline
  • Initiative and follow through
  • Ambition
  • Openness to new professional fields
  • Ability to work in groups
  • Interest in social change

Fellow Expectations

  • Attend the award reception (April)
  • Attend the three day orientation (late May)
  • Engage in three summers of diverse internships, each 8-10 weeks, completing weekly journals
  • Engage in weekly summer seminars and events
  • Participate in several term-time events
  • Attend an annual campus visit (fall)
  • Attend the Finale following the third summer

Each partner institution may nominate up to four candidates to be considered in the citywide selection process. Please ask your campus advisor about internal campus deadlines. Citywide selection and award announcements take place in late March. Fellows are referred to their first internships in early April.

The deadline for this fellowship is February 25, 2016.


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