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
Though the process of identifying Field School projects for the summer of 2019 is complete, community organizations, nonprofits and municipalities may apply to host a Field School Fellow at their site during the summer of 2020 by proposing a project using these guidelines.
Student Application Process
The student application process for Summer 2020 projects in Central New York and the Adirondack Park are now available. Below are deadlines for the process this summer:
|Stages ||Deadline |
|Students applications are due to the Upstate Institute ||February 28, 2020 |
|Decisions will be announced to students via email ||March 13, 2020 |
|Students reply to accept position and indicate start/end dates ||March 20, 2020 |
|Summer housing |
Several information sessions about the Upstate Institute Summer Field School will be offered on campus in January 2020. Please feel free to contact Project Director Julie Dudrick with any questions about this process.