Field School Fellows
As an Upstate Institute Field School Fellow, students are responsible for building relationships in the local community while completing independent research work on innovative projects that provide a community benefit. Through a Field School Fellowship, students strengthen their skills while building the capacity of the community organization with which they are working. The Field School allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing Upstate New York and a stronger appreciation for what the region has to offer.
Field School Fellows work 35 hours per week for ten weeks, and this work often takes place at the organization’s office, under the supervision of the organization’s staff. The Upstate Institute works with students to coordinate transportation. In addition, students meet weekly with Upstate Institute staff, and participate in an eight-week seminar on not-for-profit management and organization, and on the resources and needs of the Upstate New York region.
Community Partner Application Process
Community organizations, nonprofits and municipalities may apply to host a Field School Fellow at their site during the summer of 2019 by proposing a project using these guidelines. Proposals are due to the Upstate Institute by December 21, 2018.
Student Application Process
Student applications for Summer 2019 projects in Central New York and the Adirondack Park will be available on January 11, 2019. Below are deadlines for the process this summer:
|Stages ||Deadline |
|Students applications are due to the Upstate Institute ||February 5, 2019 |
|Decisions will be announced to students via email ||February 25, 2019 |
|Students reply to accept position and indicate start/end dates ||March 4, 2019 |
|Summer housing |
Several information sessions about the Upstate Institute Summer Field School will be offered on campus in January:
|Information Session ||Location |
|Friday, January 18, 2019 at 1:15 pm |
|"Funding Your Summer Experience Through Colgate-Sponsored Programs" at SophoMORE Connections |
|Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 4:30 pm & Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm |
|Undergraduate Summer Research Information Session |
|Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 4:30 pm |
|Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 12:15 pm |
Please feel free to contact Project Director Julie Dudrick with any questions about this process.