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Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s 2016 Florida Fellows applications available for UF students studying public interest communications

Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s 2016 Florida Fellows applications available for UF students studying public interest communications

Applications due Feb. 5, 2016

Applications are now available for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s 2016 Florida Fellowship in Public Interest Communications.

The Florida Fellowship in Public Interest Communications program is in partnership with the University of Florida and the Al and Nancy Burnett Charitable Foundation. The program immerses students studying public interest communications at the university into nonprofit programs located throughout the Southwest Florida area consisting of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

Accepted students will be placed in nonprofit organizations supported by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

“The Florida Fellow experience is like no other,” said 2015 Fellow Kelsie Ozanne. “I was fully immersed into the nonprofit world and learned both public relations and public interest communications skills while working with the most passionate people I have ever met.”

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,” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

Fellowships will encompass 40 hours per week and will begin June 13 and run until Aug. 5, 2016. Summer program events include a welcome meeting, weekly gatherings, group meetings and a wrap-up session. The program will be based out of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s main office in Fort Myers.
Undergraduate rising juniors and seniors at UF with a demonstrated interest and passion to create social change through strategic communications are eligible. 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), and housing will be the responsibility of the student.
Candidates selected will be contacted by Feb. 17, 2016 to arrange interviews during the frank gathering on either on Feb. 24, 25, or 26 and offers will be made by March 15.

Applications are due Feb. 5. To apply, visit www.floridacommunity.com/florida-fellows.

The 2016 Florida Fellows program is made possible through the financial support of the Al and Nancy Burnett Charitable Foundation. The Burnett Foundation is a longstanding supporter of higher education, including UF’s 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.

“My fellowship experience with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation was truly humbling,” said 2015 Fellow Lauren Munsey. “Working alongside such an amazing staff who are eager to teach and eager to learn from us helped me grow as a professional and as a person.”

As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Community Foundation, founded in 1976, connects donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $93 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $61.2 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, it granted more than $2.9 million to nonprofit organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services. It also granted $782,000 in nonprofit grants including more than $551,000 in regional community impact grants and additional $450,000 in scholarship grants.

Southwest Florida Community Foundation
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Our ambition is a more vibrant community that will continually address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties in Southwest Florida. We invite you to join our family and invest in the community with us!