Our Fellowships are a fantastic way to deepen your engagement with our community partners, synthesize your social justice experiences, and grow in your commitment to justice. Consisting of a community-based internship, intensive reflection and vocational discernment, and project-based leadership on campus, the CCE Fellowships are geared towards students who have already demonstrated a significant commitment to service and justice.
We have both year-long and summer fellowships available to students. These paid fellowships are intended as capstone experiences for students who have already been significantly involved in service and justice. Typically, seniors (or rising seniors for the summer fellowships) are selected for these programs, but juniors (and rising juniors for the summer fellowships,) are considered.
Summer Fellowships serving Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) youth (K-4th grade): These fellows partner with the Youth Tutoring Program as classroom assistants for their summer programs. The fellowship will run from mid-June to mid-August and fellows will spent the vast majority of time working directly with young people. Once a week, fellows will meet as a cohort for reflection, discussion, and vocational exploration.
Summer Fellowship serving SUYI Organizations: These fellows partner with any organization that is connected to the Seattle University Youth Initiative. Fellows may or may not work directly with youth. Fellows will work with the program coordinator to identify an organization that fits their interests. From early June to the start of the school year, fellows will serve 200 hours at the organization and spend 100 hours organizing and leading an event for incoming SU students (either a new student immersion or Serve Seattle). Once a week, fellows will meet up as a cohort for reflection, discussion, and vocational exploration.
2019 SUYI Summer Fellows
The Shinnyo Fellowship for Community Leadership is an outgrowth of the Shinnyo-en Foundation’s Infinite Paths to Peace initiative. This nine-month Fellowship for Community Leadership allows students to integrate direct service, community leadership, reflection, and ongoing professional development in the context of nurturing their lifelong paths to service and peace.
Key components of the fellowship include:
Service: Fellows will offer direct service consistently with a community partner of the Fellow’s choice from August to May. Fellows will be encouraged to choose a non-profit or governmental agency whose work resonates with their own intended career path or ‘vocational calling’. This portion of the fellows’ time will be about 5 hours per week.
Leadership: Fellows will work collaboratively to develop a Peace Project to implement. The bulk of the project planning will take place during winter quarter, with implementation in spring quarter. This project will help to connect the Fellows’ work in the community with the campus. Fellows will have mentorship in developing this collaborative project. An example of such projects might include a teach-in or guest speaker connected to the issue the Fellow engages in their service.
Reflection: Fellows will meet weekly with the CCE Director of Campus Engagement. Additionally, Fellows will take part in the following activities:
Professional Development: Fellows may participate in ongoing professional development opportunities such as the following:
For more information about this opportunity, contact CCE Director of Campus Engagement, Julie Hurst.
“I believe in engaging with the deepest parts of ourselves, unraveling and inviting our most authentic passions to guide us in our work.”
Jay Andreottola is a fourth year student at Seattle University majoring in Political science, with additional studies in Sociology and Chinese language. She is currently working as an intern with Representative Pramila Jayapal to learn more about political organizing and legislative change in Washington. Previously an intern at both the ACLU and Washington Community Action Network, Jay has worked to share legal resources and expand renters’ rights in Washington communities. Jay has launched a project called “I Am API,” a podcast dedicated to redefining the narrative behind the racial group commonly referred to as API, which stands for Asians and Pacific Islanders. She is the primary creator, producer, communications director and editor for this project. In her last year at Seattle University, aside from working as a faculty engagement fellow with the Center for Community Engagement, she will also be taking on the role as a CLP Mentor for the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Connections Leadership Program 2019-2020 cohort. On weekends, she works at Sémillon Bakery & Cafe as a barista, making coffee and serving delicious, freshly baked French pastries. She also lives with her pet gecko named Pickles.
Cameron is a rising senior at Seattle University working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Coming from a Palestinian and Jewish background, the values of peace and resilience have been instilled in her since birth. Through her time at the Center for Community Engagement and the Social Work Program at SeattleU Cameron has found her passion lies in working with youth and families from under resourced communities. She’s been working as an academic mentor at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School for the last 3 years and a one-on-one mentor at Washington Middle School for the last two. Additionally, she’s worked as a Serve Local Ambassador at the center in order to encourage more students to get involved with their community. She believes in giving youth the agency to make change happen in a way that depicts their vision and not the vision of the authority figures around them. Cameron hopes to spend her future empowering youth of color through art and poetry and staying grounded in organizing and activism that advocates for the marginalized groups she works with.
Mariana is a senior at Seattle University where she is a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She has a passion for addressing issues at the intersection of mental health, trauma, youth, and the criminal justice system. Mariana interns for the Seattle University Immigration Clinic through which she interviews detainees in immigration detention centers in order to assist a legal team and psychologist in creating petitions for asylum. Mariana also interns for Obsidian Forensics and assists in creating psychological evaluations that seek to support the behavioral, academic, and emotional needs for youths with trauma. Throughout her undergraduate career Mariana has worked heavily at her university’s Center for Community Engagement, having volunteered with youth in academic settings and served as a Serve Local Ambassador and Summer Fellow. Throughout the upcoming year as a Shinnyo Fellow she hopes to develop strong bonds with youth facing adversity and determine how youth with trauma wish and need to be supported in order to heal and thrive.