Ambassadors for Civic Engagement

Unique opportunity to translate state-of-the-art research into services and resources for people with disabilities and their caregivers

The Ambassadors for Civic Engagement (ACE) Fellowship provides an opportunity for graduate students to apply their education and skills to contribute to and improve the quality of life of people living in the Pittsburgh region through a long-term experiential fellowship with a community partner that works in public policy, governance, community organizing and activism, or philanthropy. 

Two diverse and highly competitive graduate-level ACE Fellows from a wide-range of backgrounds will work as a team with a community partner to address a specific organizational, policy, or community issue while increasing their social responsibility, heightening their understanding of human diversity, and learning from their peers.

2020-2021 Community Partner: National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support

The Institute of Politics, Elsie Hillman Civic Forum is recruiting its 2020-21 cohort of Ambassadors for Civic Engagement (ACE) Fellows. This year, we have partnered with the National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support housed under the Health Policy Institute.

Project Deliverables 

  1. Redesign Center website
  2. Conduct research on resources and services for caregivers and people with disabilities for resource webpage

Project Mentor

Heather Tomoko, MPH, Outreach Coordinator, National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support

When is this fellowship offered?

It's offered every academic year, and in 2020-21, the fellowship will be virtual and will last from January 19, 2021 through June 30, 2021.

Benefits

  • Earn $15 per hour for 15 hours per week, Jan. 19, 2021 through June 30, 2021
  • Work with and learn from an interdisciplinary team of peers
  • Connect with and be mentored by community leaders
  • Gain skills and experience in policy issues affecting people with disabilities and communications and outreach

Program Commitments

  • Six-month program (Jan. - June)
  • 15 virtual hours per week doing project work
  • Team meetings with Elsie Forum staff to discuss the project and experiences
  • Weekly meetings with mentor
  • Create deliverable(s) to remain with community partner

Eligibility 

Any full-time, graduate student pursuing any degree, and can commit the time from January 19 through June 30, 2021.

Qualifications for the 2020-21 Project

Candidates should demonstrate experience in:

  • Communications and marketing
  • Web design (not required but strongly encouraged)
  • Some experience in research
  • Candidates should also demonstrate an interest in or experience with/knowledge of disability and/or family caregiving

Apply

Students apply online via Talent Center and participation is awarded on a competitive basis. Requisition number: 20005594

Application Due Date: Nov. 23, 2020

Application Requirements

  • Students must upload a current resume
  • In the "writing sample" slot of the talent center application, please upload a 2-page maximum, double-spaced essay that addresses the following:
    • Explain how you believe you can contribute to the National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support and their project.
    • Identify your skills and experience as related to the defined qualifications for this project
    • Why are you passionate about this project?
    • What do you hope to gain by participating in this fellowship?
    • What are your post-graduation plans? 
  • In the "other" slot of the talent center application, please upload your unofficial transcript.

Selection Process

This program follows a two-staged review process. First, a committee will review each applicant's written materials and will recommend applicants for an interview. Second, those recommended for an interview are contacted to schedule face-to-face interviews with the committee. After the interviews, the committee deliberates and selects the finalists. The program has two available positions this year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I be doing if I am selected as an Elsie ACE?

Two graduate students will work as a team with a community partner to address a specific organizational, policy, or community issue. The Elsie Forum will work closely with the selected community agency to outline the mentoring responsibilities of the host organization, define student responsibilities and time commitment for the project, and identify the training goals. The activities while on site will depend heavily on the selected community partner.

Past ACE Placements