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How to Apply
The following sections expand on the purposes and activities of these program components.
At the heart of the Watson Fellowship are successful summer internships. During their internships, Fellows experience the expectations, demands, and challenges of professional-level work in an office setting. The first year internships are in nonprofit organizations. The second year internships are in for profit, law, or government institutions. For the third year internship, Fellows will intern in organizations either overseas or outside of New York City. The Watson Fellowship arranges pre-travel orientation session and covers the costs of overseas travel and immunizations.
The weekly seminar series is for first and second year Fellows. At these joint seminars the Fellows have the opportunity to engage in a conversation with thought leaders from New York and around the country. The seminars are a blended curriculum centered on leadership, cross sector collaboration, trends in the workplace, and innovative approaches to social change.
WRITING ASSIGNMENTS AND GROUP PROJECTS
Each Fellow is expected to keep a reflective, professional journal for the summer. The journals are read and responded to by a Watson staff member. The staff member’s comments offers an opportunity for the Fellow to reflect on the internship and the summer program, and for the Watson staff to track the Fellow’s progress and address any issues that might prevent the Fellow from having a successful summer.
Second Year Fellows have the opportunity to work in small groups on a New Venture Project. They will meet bi-weekly with an outside business advisor who will guide them through the process of selecting and creating a New Venture. In the past New Venture Projects have been thematically selected based on issues facing New Yorkers. Fellows are expected to meet frequently on their own with their group throughout the summer.
The cultural program complements the summer experience and exposes Fellows to the vibrant cultural life of New York. These summer events are also an opportunity for to build a community among the Fellows, and connect with each other in a more social setting. Past cultural events have included Shakespeare in the Park, a West African Drumming class, a tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and a Staten Island Yankees game.
ACADEMIC YEAR SEMINARS
The academic year seminars provide additional professional development opportunities and help Fellows prepare for upcoming internships. These meetings, scheduled on Saturdays, provide a venue for Fellows to explore and develop new skills and to reconnect with Watson staff and peers. Examples of seminars during this time include resume writing, personal finance, public speaking, time management, and a panel on graduate schools. They are led by local thought leaders.
How to Apply
To be eligible, you must be a second semester freshman or sophomore at one of the twelve invited colleges, and you must have at least four semesters of full-time academic work remaining after the term in which you apply to become a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow. You must be registered in a liberal arts track, demonstrate competence in college level work, be not more than 21 years old on March 1, 2015, and be an American citizen or “green card” holder. You may not be on an international student visa.
Candidates must attend and be nominated by one of the twelve participating New York City colleges. These colleges are:
College of Staten Island
John Jay College
Marymount Manhattan College
Pace University, Manhattan Campus
St. John's University
The City College of New York
Click here for a complete list of campus representatives at each college.
How to Apply
Qualities sought in the selection of Jeannette K. Watson Fellows include:
How to Apply
Prior to completing your application, you should meet with your Campus Representative at your college. On the basis of the campus nomination process, each of the twelve participating colleges may nominate up to four candidates to be considered by the Citywide Selection Panel.
The following application link (MS Word) can be used to complete your internal school application. Finalists will be asked to provide this same information in the form of our online application which is expected to open up to finalists in late-January.
Finalist applications are due February 26th, 2015. The Citywide Selection Panel will interview finalists and choose fifteen Jeannette K. Watson Fellows at the end of March 2015. The Fellowship begins with internships in the summer immediately following appointment and requires a full-time commitment on the part of the Fellow. The 2015 summer will begin with a three-day orientation May 27 to May 29, 2015. Internships, seminars, and cultural events will extend through July 31, 2015. The Fellowship may not be deferred.
A sampling of internships over the three Watson summers.
NOT FOR PROFIT
Beth Israel Cancer Center
The Bronx Defenders
Wildlife Conservation Society
Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi
Shearman and Sterling LLP
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
NYC Office of Management and Budget
NYC Office of the Mayor
Office of Congressman Jose E. Serrano
Office of Council Member Brad Lander
Hoops 4 Hope, Zimbabwe
Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany
MV Foundation, India
VinaCapital Foundation, Vietnam