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What is the Social Contract Summer Fellowship?

The Social Contract Summer Fellowship is a paid 8-week immersive personal and professional development program focused on social impact consulting. 

It provides unique exposure to meaningful and hands-on work in issue areas including health and human services, reducing community violence, education, workforce development, and more. Fellows have the chance to explore the approaches used to tackle complex social issues, as respected colleagues, changemakers, and people.

The Fellowship provides an environment to learn, grow, and experiment under the mentorship of peers, whether you are a recent college graduate, currently in grad school, or even an early to mid-career professional looking for a change.

What Should Fellows Expect?

Social Contract invests in the personal and professional development of Fellows, fostering both confidence and unique expertise that leaves them ready to take on life in the workforce.

  • Fellows learn about themselves, the social change process, and how to approach complex issues.
  • Fellows participate in meaningful project work, mentorship, and guided reflection on their own skills, and strengths.
  • Fellows sharpen their skills around design thinking and systems change, understanding various sectors involved in social impact work, project management, assessment and evaluation.

In their own words: 2022 Fellows

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"The Social Contract Fellowship is a jam-packed learning opportunity that sheds light on your strengths and opportunities for growth. I've learned, unlearned, and reaffirmed so many things across the different projects I supported."
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"The Social Contract Fellowship is a deeply transformative and nourishing experience. I was amazed by the level of mentorship, personal and professional development, and opportunities for growth. Social Contract invested in me and my journey. I will be forever grateful for this experience!"
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"It was a life-changing experience that provided me with the confidence, skills, and knowledge to take on the world."

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you have to be in Delaware to participate? 

The Fellowship is held virtually, meaning you do not have to be in Delaware to participate! In 2024, our team has a preference to hire individuals in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. Our Fellowship leaders are located in the Delaware area, so we encourage you to apply if you will be able to engage Monday - Friday between 9:00am to 5:00pm EST.

2. How long is the Fellowship?

The Fellowship is eight weeks long, beginning with an onboarding period to get accustomed to Social Contract, the team, and your project(s), continuing with hands-on project work, and concluding with a performance development check-point. There is an opportunity for an extension of time with the Social Contract team and additional opportunities.

3. Do you need to have prior experience with social justice work?

You do not need a specific number of years of experience to participate in the Fellowship. During our 8 weeks, we will cover various social issues and the strategies and frameworks used to help address social issues. To be a Business Development or Operations Fellow, we do look for prior experience with certain systems, proposal writing, and business operations. Above all, we look for Fellows with a growth mindset who are willing to learn, regardless of years of experience.

4. What does a typical week look like?

Fellows will work 18-25 hours per week. The Fellowship will vary depending on the week and project timeline. For example, the first couple of weeks will include more intensive onboarding, then Fellows transition to more hours on project work. Typically, a week's schedule will be a blend of professional development learning sessions and hands-on project work.

5. Are Fellows paid?

The Fellowship is a paid, part-time position. Salaries start at $20/hr.

6. What is the application process?

The application period opens March 29, 2024 and closes on April 15, 2024. You can apply using the links on Social Contract's website. Selected applicants will go through a virtual interview process during the first few weeks of May. Fellows will then be selected, and everyone will be notified of Social Contract’s final decision regarding their application. Fellows begin their first day with Social Contract on June 10th!

7. What technology do I need in order to participate?

Fellowship engagements will be hosted virtually. All Fellows will need access to a computer and WiFi to participate.