Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

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Become a Host Agency

The Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program is pleased to offer agencies the opportunity to work with a carefully selected Eli J. Segal Fellow on a project that addresses important social needs each summer. The placement should bridge practice and theory by getting students out of the classroom and into real-world situations.  Students will apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities to advance the needs of the host agency and to advance social justice.

Each fall/winter we ask interested organizations to provide us with a brief description (maximum two pages) of their organization and how a Fellowship within their organization might mirror the program goals of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program.

City Year Supervisors and Jerry Saunder

The Segal Program seeks to provide exemplary Brandeis student Fellows to private, nonprofit and public organizations that are committed to providing an internship experience that:

  • Results in concrete contributions to the host organization and Segal Network;
  • Provides an opportunity for the undergraduate or graduate student to gain political, professional, and leadership skills through internship responsibilities;
  • Promotes access to learning opportunities by “shadowing” key organizational staff as they carry out policy or management activities;
  • Is structured around mentoring by the agency’s direct supervisor and a Segal Coach that we provide; and
  • Is dedicated to increasing students' commitment to service and civic engagement.

Internships span a minimum of eight weeks, for at least 35 hours a week, during the months of June, July, and August, unless otherwise agreed upon.  Segal Fellows will provide support to selected organizations in a variety of ways, including operations management, policy analysis, strategy, marketing, accounting or financial management, and human resource management. The Segal program has funds available to support a limited number of Fellows for the summer, but welcomes opportunities to share the cost of a $3500 stipend for Brandeis undergraduate Fellows and $5000 for a Heller School Master’s in Public Policy graduate student Fellow with host agencies.

The final group of host agencies will be selected in the spring, in an effort to carefully match Segal Fellows with potential sites. Submitting a letter of interest does not guarantee that a Segal Fellow will be placed at your organization; however, interested organizations will be considered in the future. Once organizations are accepted, Segal Program Staff and Fellows will contact the organizations to clarify the scope of the work, expectations, and project deliverables in order to create a mutually agreed upon Site Agreement, which serves as the basis for the ensuing Fellowship.

For more information please contact Segal Program Manager, Tam Emerson, temerson@brandeis.edu or 781-736-3933.

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