Summer Service Fellowship


Get ready for an intensive, nine week summer experience that challenges you to engage in significant community projects - either those identified by a community organization or something you dream about having time to accomplish – while receiving F11 credit. By choosing your work, you will have the opportunity to use your skills and talents to make a difference and pursue your passions. Working full-time with community organizations will give you the insider’s view about how they operate. And, you will be among a group of sixteen dedicated, passionate Summer Service Fellows who live together and participate in group programs that will help you learn even more about Memphis, service, yourself, and ways to tackle challenges you encounter.

What do you care about?

The Summer Service Fellowship is an opportunity for you to work on community issues in Memphis such as education, health care, global warming, homelessness, etc. You may already have connections with a Memphis organization or you may want to explore other local opportunities. If you have an idea or are unsure about which non-profit to approach:

You should set up times to meet with each of the non-profits that you think would be a good partner for your Summer Service Fellowship. You should prepare for these meetings as you would for a professional interview. Provide the organization with the application’s Non-Profit Endorsement Form. Please ensure this returned by February 14 at 5pm to Career Services in Burrow Hall. Please keep in mind that this can be a lengthy process, so start as soon as possible.

Dates and Policies

Monday, November 25: Applications made available in Career Services, first floor, Burrow Hall

Monday, January 13 & Tuesday, January 14 @ 4pm: Info sessions in Burrow 103

Friday, February 14 @ 5pm: Applications due to Career Services, first floor, Burrow Hall

Tuesday, February 25 through Thursday, February 27: Interviews for selected candidates will be conducted

Monday, March 3: Applicants will be notified of selection decisions

Monday, June 2 - Thursday, July 31: Fellowship program dates


Only current Rhodes students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic and judicial standing are eligible to apply.

Summer Program Dates

Fellowship runs from June 2, 2014 to July 31, 2014.

Fellowship Compensation

Fellows are paid $3,492 ($9.70 an hour) and campus housing is provided in East Village.

Other Details

The program commitment is 40 hours a week: on average 35 hours per week are devoted to community projects and 5 hours per week are devoted to group programming. Fellows are required to live at Rhodes. Fellows may not hold another job or attend summer school to allow participants time and energy to fully engage in the experience. Fellows must provide their own transportation to community sites.