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Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications Summer 2014


Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications Summer 2014


The Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications is a unique program that trains and inspires undergraduate students to consider professional opportunities and possibilities in the field of public interest communications. This is a particularly exciting opportunity, because this fellowship is especially focused on translating personal passion for a more just world into specific skills that can be attractive in the workplace.

Fellows –either firstgeneration or minority college students gain hands on experience through working on social justice issues under the guidance of a communications mentor at leading local and national nonprofits in the Greater
Washington, DC area. Previous Fellows have worked at nonprofit organizations such as The Campaign for TobaccoFree
Kids, the Campaign for Youth Justice, a Maryland based pro-immigration advocacy organization, a health clinic that services those lacking access to care, a tuberculosis vaccine advocacy group, and others.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate rising juniors and seniors with a demonstrated interest and passion for social change. An applicant
may have any major, but experience to date suggests that most have had intensive study in one or more of the
following fields: Communications, Journalism, Political Science, Public Policy, or other disciplines within social policy.
Eligible students who are considering a career in public interest communications are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply
Applications are online and include the submission of a current resume that includes academic major, gradepoint
average and extracurricular experience, with particular interest in those experiences that have showcased the
applicant’s passion for social change. Applications should also include submission of a twopage
statement, explaining why this particular Fellowship is of interest. Students may be asked to participate in a short phone interview.

Fellow selections will be made in April 11, 2014.
Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
All inquiries and application materials should be directed to Thuy Le, Program Coordinator, at

Fellowship Dates and Stipend:
Monday, June 23 Friday, August 15, 2014
Each Fellow will receive a total stipend of $4,000 (less taxes).

Post Fellowship Expectations
All Fellows are required to attend frank, a new national conference of public interest communicators from across the
social change spectrum – education, health, human rights, environmental protection, civil rights, and others. The
conference will take place at the University of Florida in February 2015. All travel, lodging and food expenses for
Fellows will be covered. Faculty sponsors and host organization mentors will be invited as well, and should they
attend, are expected to cover the costs involved in conference participation: registration, their travel, lodging and food.
Faculty sponsors may also be invited to participate in other Fellowship related events.


The Karel Fellowship honors and advances the legacy of Frank Karel, who established, led and nurtured the field of
strategic communications in philanthropy during his 30 years as chief communications officer for the Robert Wood
Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations. Among Karel’s strong beliefs was that minorities were underrepresented in the
advocacy space and more specifically in the public interest communications field, and that foundations and other
public interest organizations needed to be proactive in recruiting and nurturing broader participation and leadership.
Karel believed that leaders in this field need to reflect the diverse and evolving populations they serve.
The Karel Fellowship ( is managed by the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington. An
advisory committee consisting of past Karel colleagues, Washington area nonprofit leaders and Round table staff recruit, select and match prospective Fellows with nonprofit host organizations related to the Fellows’ interests.

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