Education Summer Fellowship
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 grantmaking 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 fellowship
Kresge’s Education Program focuses on helping low-income and students of color enter and succeed in undergraduate education. You can learn more about the program at http://kresge.org/programs/education.
The summer fellow will be integrated into the team and, by working closely with Kresge staff members, will experience what it’s like to be a program staff member at a foundation. This will include meeting with prospective applicants and current grantees, reviewing letters of inquiry and proposals, conducting due diligence on nonprofit organizations, participating in team review discussions, and assisting with various research and analysis projects. The fellow will have the opportunity to be exposed to the work of many of Kresge’s grantees in the college access and success field as well as explore opportunities for interdisciplinary partnerships across the Kresge program teams.
- Research: This may include conducting scans on particular topics, portfolio analysis of approximately 150 current Education Team grantees, briefing the team on research reports and current developments in higher education, etc.
- Convening planning: Depending on timing, this may include helping to plan a multi-sector, multi-city convening focused on urban higher education ecosystems.
- Learning and evaluation: Helping to build out the team’s knowledge management function by framing several “lessons learned” sessions, and assisting with social media planning and execution.
- Pursuing a graduate degree or Ph.D. related to higher education with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to manage a heavy workload and flexibility with shifting priorities
- Self-starter who can multi-task in a fast-paced environment
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
- Program planning experience is a plus
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, resume, a letter of recommendation (ideally by a former supervisor or faculty member with whom you have worked closely) and two references by January 23, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kresge Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.