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.
Student Application Process
Community organizations have now proposed research projects for Field School Fellowships that provide opportunities in a variety of sectors for students in a variety of disciplines. Interested applicants should review these opportunities, listed at the Field School Application website
then complete the Field School application and list those that are of interest. Applications for the Summer Field School are due to the Upstate Institute by Friday, March 24, 2017.
Community Partner Application Process
Each January, the Upstate Institute invites local organizations to propose a project for a Field School Fellow to complete this summer. The process for community partners to participate in the 2017 Summer Field School is complete for this year, but we encourage interested partners to review the projects described below to get a sense of what our students have done in past years.
Please feel free to contact Project Director Julie Dudrick
with any questions about this process.