Summer Community Service Fellowships


Program Description

The Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut (HCSC) will offer four (4) fellowships of $4,000.00 each for 10 weeks of full-time work to current Harvard undergraduates and graduating seniors in our territorial area in Connecticut who wish to pursue public service projects during the summer. Housing and living arrangements are the responsibilities of the recipient, as are any costs incurred over and above the stipend.
Public Service

Public Service is defined as work that

•helps people meet their needs for food, shelter, and health;
•improves education and employment opportunities;
•educates people about their legal and/or civil rights;
•protects the environment or wildlife; and/or
•supports social issues affecting the general welfare

The proposed community service organization must be non-profit and non-partisan.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and first-semester seniors returning to Harvard in the Fall and graduating seniors are eligible.  Applicants should demonstrate interest in and commitment to public service.  Students must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Selection Criteria, Priority, and Preference

Applications will be selected in the following order of priority:
1.  Students who reside in our Club's territorial area who will perform their community service within our Club's territorial area;
2.  Students who reside in our Club's territorial area who will perform their community service for an organization located anywhere within the State of Connecticut;
3.  Students who reside in our Club's territorial area who will perform their community service outside the State of Connecticut, including at Harvard or internationally;
4.  Students who reside in the State of Connecticut who will perform their community service within our Club's territorial area; and
5.  Students who reside in the State of Connecticut who will perform their community service within the State of Connecticut.
6.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary above, any application to perform service for the State of Connecticut or for any agency, department, entitiy or employee thereof shall not be awarded unless and until all of the five (5) foregoing priorities have been considered and a fellowship vacancy still remains.
7.  Applications filed on or before the application deadline will be given priority

Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut's territorial area includes these cities and towns:
   •All of New London County;
   •All of New Haven County;
   •All of Middlesex County;
   •Fairfield County: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Huntington, New Fairfield, Newtown, Monroe, Sandy Hook, Shelton, Sherman, Stratford, Trumbull;
   •Hartford County: Bloomfield, Southington, Marlborough;
   •Litchfield County: Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, New Milford, Roxbury, Torrington, Washington, Washington Depot, Watertown, Woodbury;
   •Windham County: Moosup, Plainfield.
1.  Applicants who reside in our Club's territorial area as defined above;
2.  Applicants who do not reside in our Club's territorial area but who were admitted through our Club's Schools and Scholarships Committee;
3.  Applicants who are applying for the HCSC summer community service fellowship for the first time;
4.  Applicants will also be selected by the HCSC on the basis of the quality, clarity, feasibility, and impact of their proposals for summer community service.

Approved Host Organizations

The Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut has partnered with the following "host organizations" who have agreed to offer fellowship positions to student applicants for the Summer of 2017.


50 Orange Street

New Haven, CT 06511

Contact: Helen Kauder, Executive Director

Phone: 203-772-2709

Audubon Center/Sanctuaries (Derby, Southbury,  Cheshire, Guilford)

185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488
Contact: Ken Elkins, Education Program Manager at Bent of the River
Phone: 203-264-5098

Center for Family Justice
753 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Contact: Beth Andrews, Development Director
Phone: 203-993-8135

Connecticut Voices for Children
33 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06510
Contact: E. Carlino

Phone: 203-498-4240

Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Contact: David D.J. Rau, Director of Education & Outreach
Phone: 860-434-5542 x 115

girls, inc.
Girls Incorporated of Southwestern Connecticut
35 Park Place
Waterbury, CT 06702
Contact: Executive Director
Phone: 203-756-4639

* LEAP (an AmeriCorps Program) New for 2017*

Leadership, Education, Athletics in Partnership, Inc.

31 Jefferson Street

New Haven, CT 06511

Contact: Rachel Kline Brown, Director of Development

Phone: 203-773-0770

LEAP has so many different components, there would be space to tailor the Fellowship to include time to work directly with the children or the teenagers participating in our summer programs if that is of interest. LEAP's Children's Program includes literacy instruction with computer coding, swimming, camping, cooking, sports, gardening and experiential science classes and other engaging and educational activities.  Based on the Fellow's interest and skills, he or she could design a position that includes work in our Children's or Youth Development Programs. The Fellow may also help LEAP create an overarching communications plan for the development office that is based on analyzing data from our donor database and includes a more strategic digital presence.  The Fellow may also design and write text for additional marketing material based on research of industry best practices.

New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. - Organic Farmers Market / Summer Camp Fellowship
358 Springside Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
Contact: Rebecca Holcombe, Director of Community Programs
Phone: 203-389-4333 x 213

New Haven Reads
45 Bristol Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Contact: Tanya Smith,Director 
Phone: 203-752-1923

New London County 4-H Camp
37 Kahn Road
North Franklin, CT 06254
Contact: Dan Holdridge, Vice Chair, Camp Committee
Phone: 401-596-8111

Office of the State's Attorney

Superior Court, GA 5
106 Elizabeth Street
Derby, CT 06418
Contact: Paul P. Gaetano, Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney
Phone: 203-735-7487

Office of the Public Defender - Judicial District of New Haven

New Haven Superior Court

235 Church Street

New Haven, CT  06510

Contact: Thomas Ullman

Phone: 203-503-6818

St. Vincent's Medical Center
2800 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT  06604
Contact:  Lucille Bentley at
Phone: 203-576-5130 
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Contact:  Associate Museum Educator for Docent & University Audiences
Phone: 860-838-4047

Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Contact: Lisa Dale, Associate Director
Phone: 203-432-5967

Students also have the flexibility of locating an organization with which to work in the HCSC's territorial area.

Application Deadline is WEDNESDAY,  MARCH 1, 2017.
For additional information or questions, please contact: 

Theodore Skowronski AB ’69, Chairman, HCSC Summer Community Service Fellowship Committee at or 203-982-7559 


Travis Lovett at the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) at Phillips Brooks House at 617-496-5788 or