American Cities Summer Fellow
The Kresge Foundation has an opening for a fellow in its American Cities practice.
About the foundation
The Kresge Foundation is metro Detroit's largest private, national foundation, with more than $3.5 billion in its endowment, a growing staff of nearly 100 employees and a mission to expand opportunities in America's cities for people with low income. We do this through grant making and social investing in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, as well as community development in Detroit and across the United States.
The foundation’s state-of-the-art headquarters is located in metro Detroit. The modern facility is anchored by a 19th-century farmhouse and a new expansion that houses both a cafeteria and a convening center. Kresge also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.
About the American Cities Practice
Kresge’s American Cities Practice is dedicated to expanding effective and inclusive community development practice in cities across the United States. The practice has four ambitious goals:
- Determine the applicability of urban innovations from Detroit to other cities in America;
- Shepherd the foundation’s place-based work in Memphis and New Orleans;
- Seed and scale new and innovative practices in community revitalization;
- Inform the social and economic future of cities across America through thought leadership, research and convening.
The initiative is deeply grounded in Kresge’s national mission to create opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities.
The American Cities’ fellow’s role will be tailored to meet the needs of the fellow, based on a combination of personal interests, learning objectives and work available. The fellow will report to directly to the program officer and include opportunities to own significant projects and interface with Kresge’s senior staff.
The American Cities fellow will play a critical role in articulating the practice’s overarching strategy, helping to define the practice’s contributions to the national stage. Projects might include:
- Managing creation of the practice’s learning agenda;
- Triangulating between various resources to determine the practice’s next investment sites;
- Taking lead on the creation of grantee- and investee-facing materials, which would allow the practice to communicate its goals and solicit opportunities across the country.
Project Management and Implementation
The fellow would also be deeply involved in the management, planning and execution of the practice’s existing work, including projects such as:
- Supporting Kresge’s cross-team working groups (i.e., Memphis and New Orleans teams) with key analyses such as a capital scan of social investment opportunities;
- Executing a strategic dissemination plan to convey insights coming out of Kresge’s research on inclusive economic recovery and Detroit to the field – including urban thinkers, public officials and communities across the country;
- Co-authoring the practice’s contributions to national thought leadership on community development, including blog posts, speeches, case studies or articles;
- Directing the development of a national convening on inclusive cities;
- Supporting America’s Cities staff with independent, day-to-day tasks, including grantmaking, offering a glimpse into the life of a Kresge program officer.
- Current graduate student majoring in one of the following fields: public policy, public administration, business, general management, urban planning and design
- Graduate students who are in any year of grad school, including those graduating this year.
What we offer our fellows
- Housing stipend of $350 per month for out-of-state candidates
- Enrollment in “After 5 Detroit” activities
- Volunteer opportunity
- Team-building experience
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks daily for a minimal charge from our cafeteria
Please submit a cover letter and resume by January 23, 2017 to email@example.com
The Kresge Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.