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2016  Florida Fellows – Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Fellowship in Public Interest Communications – Student Application

Applications due March 28, 2016

The Florida Fellows program in Public Interest Communications, in partnership with the University of Florida and the Al & Nancy Burnett Charitable Foundation, immerses students studying public interest communications at the university into nonprofit programs located throughout the SWFL area consisting of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.  Students will be placed in nonprofit organizations supported by the SWFL Community Foundation.

The Fellowship provides students with professional experience in functioning nonprofit organizations with a specific need for assistance in communications and storytelling to garner support for the organization by its target audiences.  This hands-on work will provide students with a passion for public interest communications an opportunity to work directly with the nonprofit leadership team in planning and executing communications plans and strategies.

The 2016 Florida Fellows program is made possible through the financial support of the Al & Nancy Burnett Charitable Foundation.  The Burnett Foundation is a longstanding supporter of higher education including the UF College of Journalism.  The Foundation has ties to the Southwest Florida region through Amy Gravina, an expert and seasoned professional in the public relations, marketing and communication fields in Lee and Collier Counties.

Monday, June 13, 2016 – Friday, August 5, 2016 for 40 hours per week (inclusive of learning sessions).

Summer program events include a welcome meeting, weekly gatherings and group meetings and a wrap up session.

The program will be based out of the SWFL Community Foundation’s office in Fort Myers.

Undergraduate rising juniors and seniors with a demonstrated interest and passion to create social change through strategic communications. An applicant may have any major in one or more of the following fields: Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or other related disciplines. Eligible students who are considering a career in public interest communications are encouraged to apply.

Each Fellow will receive a total stipend of $3,000 (less taxes).

Housing will be the responsibility of the student.


Candidates selected will be contacted by April 6, 2016 to arrange Skype interviews.

Offers will be made by April 20, 2016.

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The Florida Fellows application period begins November. 15, 2015 and ends March 28, 2016.

  • Step 1: Click on the link to the E-Apply button below to start your application.


  • Step 2: Create a New Account (first time only).


  • Step 3: Once you have created a user ID and Password, log on to the Online Application Portal.


  • Step 4: Submit application, resume, letter of recommendation and high-resolution photo (jpg file).

The DEADLINE to apply is March 28, 2016 at  5:00 p.m.


Selection Process

Fellows applications are  reviewed by a committee of Foundation and UF partners and are selected based on criteria made by Foundation leaders and UF faculty. Candidates selected will be contacted by April 6 to arrange Skype interviews.

Fellow Acceptance: Offers will be made by April 20, 2016.


Carolyn Rogers, VP. Development & Communications
[email protected]



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