The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty and challenges to all of our lives. Though no one has escaped the impact of COVID-19, society’s most marginalized populations have been hit hardest. At Project Rousseau, our mission is to empower youth in communities with the greatest need to reach their full potential and pursue, and excel in, higher education. Our students typically come from families with an average income of less than $12,000 and many are recent arrivals to the United States, live on a Native American Reservation, or are young mothers. We take a holistic approach to our students’ education and development because we believe that academic problems rarely just have academic causes.
Project Rousseau is currently recruiting Spring 2021 Fellows who will lead specific projects to support our students’ development and organizational growth. We recognize that the global pandemic has affected everyone’s lives and that some college students may be taking advantage of a “gap year” to build their skills and experiences. Project Rousseau’s Fellowships provide an opportunity to do just that, either remotely or on-the-ground in our socially distanced New York office. Our Administrative and Programming Fellowships are open to current college students, recent college graduates, and graduate students. We ask that Fellows commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week with Project Rousseau, however, we are flexible about how this is distributed around the Fellow’s other commitments.
Previous Project Rousseau interns and fellows have gone on to pursue:
- Public Service (Government Positions and a variety of Non-Profit Organizations)
- Education (at a variety of public, private, and charter schools both in the US and abroad)
- Law (Clifford Chance, Allen and Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Sidley Austin)
- Finance (J.P. Morgan Chase and Co., CrossBoundary, Capital Group)
- Management Consultancy (Bain and Co., EY-Parthenon, Deloitte, McKinsey and Co.)
- Graduate Education (Harvard Kennedy School, Columbia SIPA, Harvard Business School, Oxford University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Yale Law School, Duke Law School)
To apply for an Programming Fellowship, please email a cover letter and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priority Application Deadline: 11/29
Project Rousseau Programming Fellowships: Academic
At Project Rousseau we take a holistic approach to our students’ education and development because we believe that academic problems rarely just have academic causes. Our team supports students with any hardships at home and urgent needs, while also supporting their academics.
We support our students in all of their academic needs including state standardized test prep, homework help, SAT/ACT tutoring, and college admissions support. We offer this support both on a weekly basis and through intensive bootcamps, some even hosted internationally. Through their involvement with Project Rousseau, our students grow in confidence and develop effective study habits, skills which will serve them in college and beyond. Our high school graduation rate is consistently above 94%, and over 100 of our students have been accepted into top-tier colleges along with receiving prestigious awards such as the Gates Millenium Scholarship and QuestBridge Scholar distinction.
This Fall, we are seeking Academic Fellows to support our staff in developing and delivering this pillar in the “post COVID” world where we will be more reliant on virtual experiences than ever before.
Academic Equity and Success Fellowship
- Ensure equitable academic access to populations deeply affected by COVID-19
- Provide individual academic support students preparing for the SAT/ACT, SSAT, and TASC
- Digitize test preparation materials to allow for access across Project Rousseau chapters
- Design and create SSAT & SAT curriculum materials
- Mentor low-income students preparing for admission to top universities by engaging them in individual conversations and working to improve their reading and writing skills
Literacy Development Fellowship
- Mentor students developing their literacy skills by engaging them in individual conversations and working to improve their reading and writing skills
- Develop the Organization’s literacy resources, including materials for early literacy development, college readiness, and English Language Learners
- Assist students with editing their own work to develop their skill set as writers, editors, and consumers of literature
- Source book donations for a culturally relevant student library and creating materials to encourage student engagement with texts
- Lead a weekly book club for small groups of students
College Adjustment Fellowship
To help our seniors with our adjustment to college in the fall, we engage our students in programming to contribute to their college readiness. This involves developing writing and non-cognitive skills, while also ensuring that their physical needs continue to be met.
College Adjustment Fellows will be involved in a selection of the following tasks:
- Develop one-on-one mentor relationships with high school seniors preparing for college in the fall
- Design and implement group and individual academic programming geared toward college preparation and readiness
- Assist students with any issues that arise concerning financial aid packages
- Prepare workshops designed to introduce students to college resources and
- Lead a book/movie club for college seniors, allowing them to get to know each other before they enter college and our College Success cohort in the fall
College Success Fellowship
Along with empowering students to receive a higher education, we aim to support them throughout their undergraduate years with our College Success Program. Low-income and first-generation college students, on average, drop out of college at much higher rates than their more affluent peers. They also tend to have lower GPAs, and to participate less in activities like clubs and internships that are fundamental to a rewarding college experience. These disparities stem from the significant barriers they face, including lack of financial resources, family and work obligations, inadequate academic preparation, unfamiliarity with the college experience, and difficulty adjusting to a new environment
This comprehensive, holistically approached program was created to address these issues that many of our students faced. The program works by targeting academics and non-cognitive skill development, along with providing summer and post-graduate employment support, and assistance in extracurricular activities. We currently are supporting former high-school Project Rousseau students at colleges across the United States and in Canada.
College Success Fellows will be involved in a selection of the following tasks:
- Provide editorial support to current college students on classwork and applications
- Design and distribute weekly College Success emails (with helpful study techniques and college life tips etc.) to be shared with students including College Success students
- Provide study assistance for students as they transition to remote learning and prepare for midterms, finals, and other assignments
- Source in-kind donations for College Success care packages
- Collect and analyze student data
- Organize skill-building workshops for College Success retreat
- Mentor students through career and academic exploration exercises and devise plans to help achieve their goals
- Provide soft skill support, including but not limited to, resume building, interview etiquette and professional development
We ask that Fellows commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week with Project Rousseau, however, we are flexible about how this is distributed around the Fellow’s other commitments.